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A celebration of homemade food and beverages....

“Happiness is homemade”

- Anonymous  

~ Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival ~

If you share our passion for homemade food and wine, then get your diaries out! This is a not-to-be-missed week-long festival for the most discerning of foodies! The City of Darebin shines as it play host of the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival between 9th-15th May, 2016 at venues across the region.

The main event, "Meet the Makers" will be held on Saturday 14th May, 2016 at Preston Shire Hall, Gower Street, Preston from 1pm - 4pm. This is an opportunity to meet the local homemade food and beverage makers, enjoy the beer and wine tastings, attend some cooking demonstrations and workshops and enjoy of rich culture of community, and multicultural culinary traditions. Be sure to come along and say hello to the Home Make It crew at our pop-up store.  

We are thrilled to be a major sponsor again of this iconic community festival. A unique festival that celebrates sustainable food practices and food traditions. Check out the full program and get your diaries out! Several of the events are free, but bookings are also essential for a lot of the workshops or demonstrations. Home Make It will be facilitating several events, including:

Preserving Vegetables at home workshop; as part of The Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival

Learn how to preserve your own vegetables at home. The workshop covers everything you need to know to get started including ingredients, preparation, sanitising jars, preserving and more. Cost $60.00 Follow link to book your ticket.

Become your own winemaker! The session will cover wine basics & equipment, crushing & fermentation, pressing, malolatic fermentation & storage, racking, oak, finings and barrels, wine adjustments, faults and blending, filtration and bottling. Everything you need to know to get started. Free but bookings essential - Follow link to book your spot on Eventbrite

Learn how to make mead from scratch and impress your family and friends! The workshop covers everything you need to know to get started, including recipes, equipment, additives and methods. Cost is $80. Take advantage of the special Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival price which includes a Making Mead book valued at $44.00.

Making Mead-Complete Guide to the making of Sweet & Dry Mead



Make. Talk. Drink. Beer. Merri Mashers Brew Club and Home Make It join up to take you through a step by step process of brewing your own beer at home. This informal event is the perfect introduction to home brewing over a glass or two of beer from the huge selection of Carwyn Cellars. Free, bookings not required.  

~ Store Trading Hours ~

  • Saturdays - 9.00am - 3.00pm (March until July)
  • Sundays - 9.00am - 1.00pm (March & April only)

~ 2016 Vintage Season ~


The 2016 Victorian climate has not be ideal for quality grape growing, so it's more important than ever that you purchase your grapes from reputable grape growers and wineries, and also bring in samples of your juice / wine for regular analysis and expert advice. We provide free sample analysis at every stage of the wine making process including crushing, pressing, racking and bottling. And remember, we add additives, not chemicals. Life is too short to drink bad wine! So if you or your relative pride oneself on making homemade wine to share with loved ones, come in-store for regular sample analysis and enhancement.  


~ End of Passata Season Massive Sale  ~

Take advantage of the 2016 end of passata season massive sale on selected equipment. Get in early for next years' passata season with a huge saving of 20% off mouli's, manual tomato machines, kits, burners and electric tomato machine attachments. Sale until 30 April, 2016 or until stock runs out. 

~ Mother's Day Gift Ideas  ~

With Mother's Day just around the corner, why not consider a Home Make It Gift Voucher and Course Gift Voucher for your loved one. Available In-store or ONLINE

It's a tad cheeky but we're happy to recommend some Mother's Day gift ideas that keep on giving... Wouldn't mum just love dishing up homemade pasta at the next family dinner? Or fresh homemade arancini, or homemade pizza, roasted chestnuts or traditional Italian waffles? What about a copy of our very own first book, The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners? 


The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners


Imperia Pasta Machine And Motor

Arancini Maker Moulds - Pyramid 160gm - Slim Range

Pizza Oven Electric "NAPOLI" Red 31cm Diam

Chestnut Roaster Pan

Chestnut Cutter Manual


 Waffle / Pizzelle Maker - Round, 4 Section Flower Design - Electric

~ Food & Beverage Workshops ~

Our In-store 2016 calendar for food & beverage workshops is action packed! Click on the links for all the course dates, venues and details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

Courses & workshops for 2016 include:

~  Cade's Brew News ~


~  The Craft & Co ~

Keep up to date with "What's On" at The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood or subscribe to their Newsletter.


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Have a great week!