Big thanks.

It’s known as the ‘festive season’ for a reason.

In early December 2019, it was a whole lot of fun to have so many of the Gippslandia family come celebrate with us. There wasn’t just one event to clink glasses over. No, the evening was like a proud slashie (i.e. an actor/DJ/artist) — Gippslandia closed off the year by launching our first cookbook, opening a pop-up store and it was our third birthday!

It was amazing to share the entire project with you, and we are grateful for the support from the One Good Community Wellbeing Grants.

Many thanks to all who joined us and the many people who frequented our pop-up store in Traralgon — we couldn’t do this without you, and we’re looking forward to launching into new projects with you again soon.

A night like this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and hard work of many.

The outstanding drinks list was presented by our friends at:

Loch Brewery & Distillery

Lightfoot & Sons

Sailors Grave Brewing

A sublime spread of local produce sated even the most ravenous of appetites.

Thank you:

Island Graze

Raw Harvest

(Islynde, from Island Graze, only launched her business last year and has loved learning about all the amazing Gippsland growers and producers, which she showcases in her grazing platters. Local producers featured at the Gippslandia event included Maffra Cheese, Tarago River Cheese, the edible florals and herbs of Bon In The Garden, Postcode Hives honeycomb and many others.)

A huge shoutout to all the makers and artists:

Art — Fx Sharon Anderson

Designs by M

Donna O’Callaghan


The Huntress & Co.

Jill Hermans

Kate Billingsley

Lea Jones

Little Bumble

Sugar and Violets

Wood & Wedge

Wild Poppi

You can still get your copy of the Book of Life at and help raise awareness of rural mental health. Hearing the many challenges facing Gippsland farmers, Gippslandia and the television documentary series Behind The Sash wanted to lend a hand. With the assistance of award-winning local chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, distillers and producers, you can eat your way through Australia’s southeast.

Show your support for positive social change around rural mental health, while gaining a better understanding of the wonderful people that produce the food you love.


Gippslandia - Cookbook. - The Book of Life.

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