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2017 National conference - Home Economics without Borders

Social program

Welcome reception

Date: Tuesday 10 January 2017
Time: 5.00 pm–6.30 pm
Venue: Bishopscourt, 120 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne (about a 20-minute walk or tram ride from Rydges Melbourne; street parking available)
Cost: Included for all registered conference participants
Additional guests: $20 per person
Dress: Casual


Enjoy a relaxed evening of drinks and cocktail food with fellow delegates at the beautiful Bishopscourt, a large colonial mansion located on Clarendon Street in East Melbourne. Designed by Newson & Blackburn in a gothic style, it was completed using bluestone in 1853. A red-brick wing was added in 1903. Since completion, it has been used as the residence for all of Melbourne's Anglican diocesan bishops and archbishops. From 1874 to 1876 it was used as Victoria's Government House. Bishopscourt is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Conference dinner

Date: Thursday 12 January 2017
Time: 7.00 pm–11.00 pm
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (limited parking available; if required, please book when registering)
Cost: $115 per person
Additional guests: $115 per person
Dress: Cocktail


The conference dinner will be held in the elegant Premiership Club Dining Room at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. You will enjoy canapés on arrival, then a sumptuous meal of main and dessert, whilst taking in stunning views of Melbourne’s sporting precinct towards South Yarra and, on the other side, the stadium’s sacred turf.

Closing drinks

Date: Friday 13 January 2017
Time: 4.15 pm–5.15 pm
Venue: Rydges Melbourne
Cost: Included for all registered conference participants
Additional guests: $20 per person

After three full days of stimulating and inspiring presentations, take the time to relax with new and established acquaintances at the conference farewell function. This function is complimentary for conference delegates; however, to assist with catering, please ensure you register if you will be attending.

Dine around


Tables have been booked at a selection of well-known and recommended Melbourne restaurants. Come along by yourself or with others and join your colleagues at a table reserved for HEIA conference delegates and guests.

Date: Wednesday 11 January 2017
Venue: Choose from one of the restaurants listed below
Cost: There is a set cost for some restaurants and for others the cost depends on the venue. Please check the relevant websites for menus and prices. While set prices as listed were correct at time of publication, they could change by January 2017. A $25 deposit is required for all bookings.
Dress: Smart casual (typically)

Collins Quarter

Menu: Modern European, à la carte
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: 86A Collins Street, Melbourne
Website: http://collinsquarter.com

Boasting an inspired blend of 19th- and 21st-century design, Collins Quarter occupies a Victorian terrace built in 1872 as consulting rooms and a residence. Entering from Collins Street, you’ll be met by sophisticated European elegance as you choose from dining areas and cocktail bars.


Menu: Greek, sharing set menu
Time: 8.15 pm
Venue: 2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Cost: 7 courses, $49 per person
Website: http://www.gazirestaurant.com.au

Run by celebrity chef and restaurateur George Calombaris, Gazi is Melbourne CBD’s premier Greek dining experience, offering Greek food, cocktails and ouzo in a contemporary, buzzy spot. It also offers gluten-free options.


Menu: South-east Asian, à la carte
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: 27–29 Crossley Street, Melbourne
Website: http://www.gingerboy.com.au/

Gingerboy is a modern Australian adaptation of Asian hawker-style street market food. The restaurant’s fast-paced, youthful environment is reminiscent of buzzing Asian marketplaces and infused with an Asian sense of colour and fun.


Menu: Mexican, set menu
Time: 8.30 pm
Venue: 1/11 Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost: $55 per person
Website: http://mamasita.com.au/

Mamasita is the forward-thinking answer to the emerging popularity and awareness of authentic, modern Mexican cuisine. Mamasita offers only the best aspects of a modern taqueria, presenting its food in a professional, creative and eco-friendly fashion, while remaining true to traditional cooking methods and flavours. It was Melbourne’s first mainstream restaurant to have an entirely gluten-free menu.

Red Spice Road

Menu: Asian fusion, à la carte
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: 27 McKillop Street, Melbourne
Website: http://www.redspiceroad.com/

Red Spice Road offers an award-winning south-east-Asian-style dining experience in the heart of Melbourne. It won The Age Good Food Guide People's Choice Award in 2016.

Terra Rossa

Menu: Italian, à la carte
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: 87 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Website: http://www.terrarossarb.com.au

Housed in the historic Swiss House building, Terra Rossa offers fine Italian food, specialising in pasta, pizza and mozzarella.

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Menu: Three-course meal
Time: 5.45 pm–7.15 pm
Venue: The tramcar restaurant departs from and returns to Tram Stop # 125 Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, which is located diagonally across the road from the Crown Casino and adjacent to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Please be advised that the tramcar leaves right on time. It is suggested that you arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
Cost: $82 per person

A famous fleet of historical trams has become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. As they cruise the city streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy a seasonal menu with high-quality Australian wines or make a selection from the fully stocked bar at an all-inclusive price.

HEIA 2017 Pre- and post-conference tours and workshops
Tuesday 10 January 2017

Melbourne Textiles & Craft Walking Tour

Leanne O’Sullivan, Kimono House
Date: Tuesday 10 January 2017
Time: 1.00 pm–3.00 pm
Cost: $15 per person
Departure point: Rydges Melbourne

Join Leanne O’Sullivan of Kimono House Japanese Textiles & Craft as she takes HEIA delegates, friends and family members on this insider’s guided walking tour of Melbourne’s craft scene. Discover where the locals go for their high-quality textiles and craft needs and see artisans behind the scenes in their own studios. As you walk through the streets and laneways of Melbourne’s old rag-trade district there will be time to visit some of the more difficult-to-find boutiques specialising in locally handmade and bespoke treasures.

Fine dining skills demonstration workshop

Walter Trupp, Trupp Cooking School
Date: Tuesday 10 January 2017
Time: 1.00 pm–4.00 pm
Cost: $100 per person
Venue: 1/53 Barry Street, South Yarra

Come along to a cooking demonstration exclusive for conference delegates and their friends and partners at the prestigious Trupp Cooking School, where you will learn the essential skills that will allow you to create a seven-course menu deserving of its own Michelin stars. By following a program built around core ingredients, techniques and recipes, a series of key skills will be demonstrated, with which you will be equipped to be creative in the kitchen, giving the dishes your own personal creative and elegant twists. And of course, you get to taste the wonderful creations.

Saturday 14 January 2017

Japanese Sashiko Stitching at Kimono House Japanese Textiles & Craft


Leanne O’Sullivan, Kimono House
Date: Saturday 14 January 2017
Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm
Cost: $49 per person
Venue: Kimono House, Level 2 Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Leanne O’Sullivan will guide you in this relaxing and enjoyable introduction to sashiko, a traditional Japanese needlework dating back to the Edo period (1615–1868). Leanne will explain the history of sashiko with samples of her own work and personal vintage collection. Delegates will then cover the basics of technique for this simple but very effective decorative hand stitching using Japanese materials and equipment as you stitch your own piece. Leanne will demonstrate the next level of sashiko craft, as you explore the different tools and method options for transferring your own traditional and contemporary patterns onto cloth. Discover how the traditional sashiko stitch has now become a fashionable textile embellishment. This will be an informative class of stitching and fun over cups of Japanese green tea in Melbourne’s iconic Nicholas Building. No previous experience is required and all materials will be provided.

South Melbourne Market Tour

Date: Saturday 14 January 2017
Time: 10.00 am–11.30 am
Cost: $15 per person
Venue: South Melbourne Markets, Corner of Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne

Since 1867, South Melbourne Market has been a treasured inner-city landmark and a favourite amongst locals and visitors. It’s a unique experience—a melting pot of real food, entertainment, creativity and culture. On this in-depth tour of the market you will sample the delights, meet specialist traders and discover the fabulous local, seasonal produce for which the market is famous. You will also learn about how the market is engaging in sustainable environmental and recycling practices and the issues facing fresh food businesses.

Victoria Street Market Tour and Asian Cooking Class
OTAO Cooking School


Date: Saturday 14 January 2017
Time: 10.00 am–1.00 pm
Cost: $99 per person
Venue: OTAO kitchen, 360 Victoria Street, Richmond

Start your morning with a trip to Richmond’s famous Victoria Street market, home to an abundance of no-frills Asian restaurants as well as Vietnamese bakeries and Asian supermarkets, grocery stores, fishmongers, butchers and gift stores. Get an insight into the market and discover some hidden gems along the way—all en route to collecting the tasty essentials to complete your feast for the day. After collecting your ingredients, you will cook up a feast at the OTAO cooking school—for example, Vietnamese pancakes with pork and prawn, Thai green curry and fishcake, Balinese chicken in pandan leaf, Papaya salad with Thai sauce and Thai sticky rice and mango. This 3-hour cultural adventure will finish around the table with new friends and tons of goodies to enjoy. Be ready to indulge—and bring your appetite!

Mornington Peninsula—Wine & Chocolate Indulgence Tour

Full-day coach tour
Date: Saturday 14 January 2017
Time: Tour departs at 9.00 am from the National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, Melbourne and returns by 6.00 pm
Cost: $185 per person
Note: Please book this tour directly with the tour operator. For availability and bookings please call 1800 774 424 and advise that you are with the HEIA conference.

Just an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula features a stunning coastline and distinguished cool-climate wineries. The tour takes in a number of tastings at local wineries and then moves on to the quirky Merricks General Wine Store for a sumptuous lunch prepared with local produce, accompanied by the extra delight of a fabulous wine tasting, including some unique labels. After lunch the tour continues with two further wineries, where you will also be able to enjoy the magnificent views across Western Port Bay to Phillip Island. Next on the tour itinerary is an easy drive to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates for a chocolate tasting and coffee whilst enjoying the wonderful views of Western Port Bay. After a day of delicious wine tastings and exquisite food, the tour will return to Melbourne via Arthurs Seat lookout with its stunning views of Port Phillip Bay.
For more detailed information please visit the Wine and Food Lovers Tours website.
Please note that due to timings, you may not always visit all the wineries on the itinerary.

Partners’ and family tours

Brewery Tour and Tasting

Date: Wednesday 11 January 2017
Time: 11.00 am–12.30 pm (tour) + lunch
Cost: $29 per person + lunch at own expense
Venue: Carlton Brewhouse, corner Nelson Street and Thompson Street, Abbotsford

Visit the Carlton Brewhouse, located at Australia’s largest brewery and home of some of Australia’s favourite beers including Carlton Draught and Victoria Bitter. You will be guided through 150 years’ of brewing history and knowledge as you experience the sheer scale of this iconic facility on the banks of the Yarra. The Brewery Tour and Tasting includes a guided tour of the brewery followed by a tasting of your choice of six great brews from the brewery’s extensive range. Here you can go on a beer expedition, following the River of Beer through which 150 000 litres of fresh beer flows each day. Return to the Brewhouse to sample your favourite brewery fresh beers and savour some lunch.
Note: There is one kilometre of walking involved with a number of stairs and no lifts or ramps available, so please advise if you have mobility issues.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and National Sports Museum (NSM) Tour

Date: Thursday 12 January 2017
Time: 10.00 am–11.15 am, followed by self-guided tour of NSM
Cost: $31.50 per person

Nothing can match the tradition and heritage of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where the legends play by taking a guided tour. Highlights of this must-do tour include: the famous MCC Long Room, Melbourne Cricket Club Library, player change rooms, cricketers’ viewing room, Ron Casey Media Centre, a walk on the arena, Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre and Ponsford Stand. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the National Sports Museum, which is located at the MCG and celebrates Australia’s rich sporting history. Across a multitude of sports, the museum features memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes and highlights moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport. For example, the NSM displays: Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum; Sport Australia Hall of Fame; Australian Cricket Hall of Fame; Australian Football Hall of Fame—and much more besides. The National Sports Museum audio tour is self-guided so you will be able to make your way through each gallery at your own leisure.
Disclaimer: MCG and National Sports Museum tours are available on all non-event days. At the time of publication the 2017 fixtures had not been released. Should a game be scheduled and the tour unavailable we will either reschedule the tour or provide a refund.



Date: Friday 13 January 2017
Time: 9.00 am at Woodlands Golf Club, departing the CBD at approximately 8.00 am
Venue: Woodlands Golf Club, White Street, Mordialloc
Cost: $70 per person
Note: Clubs and carts can be hired at the club.

Courtesy of the husband of one of our HEIA members, for the HEIA 2017 national conference, HEIA offers the opportunity for a morning (or more) of golf at Woodlands Golf Club, a prestigious Sandbelt course. Woodlands is willing to host the partners and/or family members of conference participants for a round of golf on the morning of Friday 13 January 2017. Lunch and refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the golf (at golfers’ cost), after which partners can make a leisurely journey back to the city to join the conference delegates for closing drinks. Transfers to and from the city can be arranged (approximately $60 for a car for four people, at golfers’ cost)—please advise at registration if you need transport to be arranged for you.

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