Be sure to check out the last newsletter from the Congress here.
The Congress is over, but the blog is not. More photos are up and more to come and there will be one final newsletter.
The school visit to Eltham College today will be broadcast on Channel 10 News, covering the Swipers Gully Restaurant and Coffee Shop (run by year 8 and 9 Hospitality Students)
New photos are being added all the time, including for the earlier events. The latest newsletter is up. I'm looking forward to seeing you all again tomorrow, especially at the banquet. There will be a final newsletter (but possibly not up as quickly as these), and photos from the banquet as well, as they come to h
Yvonne Dewhurst leaping on to the Tram Restaurant. In the background is the singing waiter, Joe, who provided great entertainment with his renditions of Frank Sinatra songs.
Chicken Liver and Cognac Pâté crowned with pink peppercorns, served with crisp bread
Roasted Red Capsicum Dip served with crisp bread
Grilled Chicken Fillet on a Mediterranean vegetable risotto with pesto, shaved parmesan and a roasted tomato sauce
Victorian Farmed Eye Fillet of Beef with a potato and herb rosti, seasonal vegetables, onion marmalade and a rich beef jus
Sticky Date Pudding served warm with butterscotch sauce and cream
Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with crumbled pistachio and a dark cherry syrup
What a big day! Check out the galleries for pictures of some of the people and events.
The Congress was formally opened by the Honourable Martin Dixon, Minister for
Education in Victoria. Also featured in the ceremony was an indigenous
welcome, a real life visit from Chuckles the kookaburra, the symbolic rocks
representing the 8 UN Millennium Development goals, and three patriotic songs
from the Australian Youth Choir. The words of the closing song "we are
one, but we are many, and from all the lands on earth we come. We share a dream
and sing with one voice: I am, you are, we are Australian" connected strongly
and might well have been written for all of the home economists of the world
coming together for this event. Home Economics Victoria's President Louise
Gunther and Congress Organising Chairperson Carol Warren hosted the session and
welcomed delegates from around the world.
Food and Nutrition report Launch
Congress delegates were treated to the launch by the Minister and
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing the Honourable Catherine King of
an important book "Australia's Food and Nutrition 2012" produced by the
Australian Institute for Health and Welfare. More information about the
launch is available at the following link:
Delegates were treated to two important keynote addresses that set the scene
for the week ahead. President Professor Geraldene Hodelin provided a
recount of the important work of home economists, which connected with the
following keynote speaker, Dr Vandana Shiva, who mesmerized delegates with her
deep understanding of politics and the relationship between home and
community. She reflected on the importance of the word "oikos" which is
the Greek word for home, and one all home economists know well. Speaking
with great passion, she highlighted the importance of having a focus on "the art
of living" and affirmed the earths resources as "enough for need, but not enough
Delegates were scattered across the wide range of concurrent sessions
for the afternoon, enabling them to focus on their areas of interest and
The day culminated with more than 100 delegates
experiencing the charm and entertainment of the Tram Restaurant.
Hopefully you have found your accommodation and settled in and are ready for the IFHE 2012 World Congress. We hope you have a comfortable flight, and are looking forward to everything that the Congress, Melbourne and Australia has to offer you.