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Feminism and sustainable seafood are on the menu at this year’s Fringe Festival with Tropical Kitchen aiming to satisfy both the body and the brain. 

Producer Britt Guy says the program will dish up tasty talks, facilitated by anthropologist Jill Pope, and fascinating food from international chefs at two Science at Sunset sessions.

Lia Pa’apa’a from Plant Based Native in Cairns, will be in conversation with Greening Australia and Darwin’s Burmese horticulturalists for In The Hands of a Woman, which will explore women’s roles in food and food production.

Pa’apa’a, who has Mexican and Samoan heritage, will also discuss what being vegan looks like in her cultures and will hit the kitchen to keep the audience fed during the event.

The second session, Catch, Cook and Experiment with Sustainable Seafood, will bring together leaders in the NT sustainable seafood industry, with Singaporean chef Sameer Chablani and Mike Hilburger from Shank Brothers.

The conversation will take a deep dive into the industry, the best ways to embrace the seasons from your boat and how to enhance local tastes. Hilburger will also be behind the barbecue to show the audience what’s possible with their next catch. 

Guy says the program is designed to inspire social change through food – and Darwin is the perfect place to do that.

“The way we eat in Darwin is highly multicultural, across the breadth of people,” she says. 

“You go to the markets and everyone is there. Food is such a big part of our lives.”

Pa’apa’a and Singaporean chef Jamie Lewis will be in residence over the week of the Fringe, and will spend their time at local markets and restaurants with the aim of creating a daily menu based on the food conversations they’re having in Darwin.

Food will be available at Hills Hoist Studios each evening so festival-goers can grab a bite to eat before a show. 

In the Hands of a Woman SUN 8 JUL | 4.30-6PM | HILLS HOIST STUDIOS  | $5 |

Catch, Cook and Experiment with Sustainable Seafood SUN 15 JUL | 4.30-6PM | HILLS HOIST STUDIOS | $5 |

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