This weekend we hippity hopped our way down to Sustain. 

It was billed as a natural and organic lifestyle show with gardening workshops, cooking demo’s, yoga, meditation, a speakers corner, and lots of stalls. I was really looking forward to it, as was hoping that instead of going to ten different shops in order to get the products I like it would be all in the one spot, (plus discover a few more.)

There was a kombucha stall, where you could sample three different types of the naturally cultured brew. A family run business from South Australia, that is slowly expanding their market. These really were delicious and I hope more and more people start buying them. Can you imagine if people swapped their can of everyday soft drink for a bottle of kombucha instead? Ohhh, now there’s an idea. (As a side line, this lovely couple couldn’t sell any of their drinks on the day as Coca Cola owns the rights to the grounds in which Sustain was held… disappointingly ridiculous.)

Sarah from Mojo Kombucha

nui chocolate

I finally got to taste some of the Nui chocolate. I had wanted to try this chocolate for quite a while, as it’s cocoa beans are sourced and fairly traded from Vanuatu. Cocoa beans are generally grown just 10 degrees either side of the equator which makes growing areas for such a valuable world resource highly sought after. Beans grown in Vanuatu have much smaller food miles for us here in Australia than say cocoa beans sourced from Africa or Central America. This chocolate isn’t cheap at $6.95 for 75g. But delicious it is, and they are apparently bringing out a dark version soon too.

A lot of the usual suspects were there.


black tahini which was also on my list of things to try

Sam from Holbrook Paddock Eggs

Everyone knows these days, all free range eggs are not created equal and you should look into what eggs you are exactly buying. Now if I was a free range chook I think I would like to live at family run Holbrook Paddock Eggs (or possibly Celia’s.) These grass roaming hens are moved twice a week along with their portable sheds, and following behind a herd of cows. There is a couple of maremma dogs to love and protect them as they do their chooky thing and quite frankly, I think their life sounds rather lovely. Happy chooks, happy eggs, happy belly.

Garden Up which I absolutely loved. As a inner city renting girl. This vertical garden has possibilities… definite possibilities.

single hook and line caught tuna

While I enjoyed going and certainly didn’t come away empty handed, there was a teeny tiny bit of disappointment that there wasn’t ‘more’.

It did feel a little sterile in there, and I really think some of the components could have been a bit more engaging. Pockets were wonderful, but still… I wanted that bit more. There is nothing I like more than being able to talk to the people behind the company finding out all the little details of how they started, where they source their ingredients or supplies, and where they are based. A generic “organic” labelling, isn’t good enough for me as I want to make a decision for a purchase based on a whole bunch more components.

It would also be great to see more locally based companies there. More sustainable living ideas, and things like that. Maybe they were more prevalent on the traders only day, and in following years as the show becomes bigger, more local companies will be enticed to show off their wares.

I hope so anyway.

Over all a happy morning out and now have a few new things to play with as well.

Mmmm, now what goodies shall I make with that black tahini?


Edit- Adding a few details about the Good Fish tuna that is pictured. It’s hand filleted skipjack tuna caught on one hook and one line. Which is much more sustainable than most commercial tuna catching methods. In Australia it’s imported through Olive Green Organics, through their site if you go to Brands, Good Fish and Stockists you should be able to find if it’s near you. Other countries, perhaps try contacting this same company and they could possibly point you in the right direction?

Alternately Fish 4 Ever is another company that does sustainably caught tuna as well.

44 thoughts on “Sustain

  1. Black tahini paste – mmm, that’s an idea. Sounds like it could be delicious just on its very own or as often in my case, I like it drizzled over stir fried veggies, particularly broccoli and spinach.
    Still, it sounds like you and yours had a relaxing day of it.


  2. If I was a chook I’d like to live at Celia’s too! They are spoilt rotten 🙂 The vertical garden its a terrific idea for salad greens, awesome!


  3. Hullo chook! AShamed I am to say I’ve never tried kombucha drink! But I LOVE garden up – that looks terrific. Gotta get me some old pallets. Want to give my hen house a green roof!


  4. That egg farm sounds wonderful – just like a farming system I heard Michael Pollan talking about recently. And the ‘chook-dogs’, I love them. I’d like to check out this show next year…like you I enjoy chatting directly to the producers.


  5. I like the chook as a “usual suspect”! Does she get to many festivals? I haven’t tried Kombucha either. I thought it was milk based, like yoghurt.


  6. I do like the sound of the egg farm and that is exactly the sort of farm I like to give my business to. Ridiculous about coca cola owning the rights to the event and therefore not allowing other drink companies from promoting and selling their goods. Stupid! xx


  7. I love the reports you bring back from your field trips, Brydie!
    Your quests are so simple and righteous- and your pictures and write up are filled with hope. Hope that everyone else is looking for the right things and that there are people who have found them and are willing to share. Because you are willing to share and try and seek out- I have been feeling rather tired and a little jaded lately- and you have given me a great reminder- we need to trust and hope together- or how did you say it? “These really were delicious and I hope more and more people start buying them. Can you imagine if people swapped their can of everyday soft drink for a bottle of kombucha instead? Ohhh, now there’s an idea.”
    A really great idea. 🙂


    • Thank you Heidi, very kind words…
      I love being able to pass information on, even if it’s only useful for one person, and then they in turn pass it on to one person. It’s worth it. These companies that I have mentioned are worthy of mentioning though.
      Hope you have a lovely week.


  8. The vertical garden is an excellent idea for shallow rooted vegies, but of course the possibilities with stronger, bigger structures are endless. Good for economical water use too. You just gotta love Costa!! What a breath of fresh air. Thank you for allowing us to share the event – Joy


  9. There’s a building in Copenhagen that has its entire front facade covered with a vertical garden. Lots of colourful flowers and herbs. When you walk by it, the scents make your senses spin!


  10. Now, I am very taken by that up garden and very intrigued by the black tahini. You are responsible for introducing me to unhulled tahini so I am just a little excited to think you may have a new tahini discovery for me now…please share your results!


  11. Looks like a great expo – Mojo Kombucha & Nui Chocolate sound fantastic. Lucky you! Oh and I love Costa and his ridiculous facial hair. They are airing Costa’s Garden Odyssey here at the moment and we’re quite enjoying that 🙂


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