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Farmers Market brings exclusive Mediterranean flavours to Canberra


 Farmers Market brings exclusive Mediterranean flavours to Canberra

 Using their Mediterranean culinary expertise and impressive experience, owners of multi-award winner Pilpel Fine Foods have developed an exclusive range of exotic flavours for the Capital Region Farmers Market visitors.

 Pilpel Fine Foods produces dips and soups which are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and contain no animal fat, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours, representing an ideal option for vegan and vegetarian people.

 Pilpel Fine Foods, the Hebrew word representing the whole capsicum family, was founded in December 2004 by Israeli couple Dari and Yehiel Kaplan who came to Australia in 1989 in search of some international experience.

 “My husband was a chef in a five-star hotel in Israel and wanted to become executive chef, but to do so he had to get international experience. We were both a bit young and crazy and just decided to pack our bags and come to Australia. We’ve never looked back on that decision,” Dari said.

 The Kaplans had been owners of a restaurant and catering service for 15 years when they decided to start Pilpel Fine Foods in Bondi, NSW.

 “The catering and restaurant market is very demanding and we needed a new adventure. Yehiel loves creating new products and so we saw a perfect niche market with dips and soups. With my graphic design background, I could create beautiful labels for our products too,” Dari said.

 “We started with six dips sold in deli stores and independent supermarkets. Within nine months we had entered David Jones. We now have 13 dips in the range and we introduced soups and pesto last year,” she added.

 With four kids, four employees and on average 13-hour daily shifts, the Kaplans have found time to travel to Canberra every Saturday for the past two years to sell their products at the Capital Region Farmers Market at the Exhibition Park.

 “When we first started our business, some of our friends moved to Canberra and started talking so highly of Canberra people that we thought we had to try the Farmers Market,” Dari said.

 “It was the best decision we made. The Farmers Market has put us on the map, so to speak. Customers saw the consistency in the quality of our products and started visiting us every weekend. We now have strong contacts and good support in Canberra,” she said.

 Dari said Capital Region Farmers Market is the only market she visits with her husband who has developed a range of products exclusively for Canberra residents.

 “We like having direct contact with Market customers and getting their feedback. We can understand what they want and have a much more hands-on approach on our business,” Dari said.

 “Throughout the years, some of our customers have started asking for specific products and so we have developed a whole range of products strictly for the Farmers Market, which includes marinated olives, antipasto, curries, marinades and cheese spreads.

 “We bring a lot of our Mediterranean background from Israel to our products whilst always keeping an Australian twist to our recipes. We use Australian produce as much as possible. This way, we’re giving back to Australian farmers and residents.

 “We have formed close relationships with a lot of the customers and some of them now buy our new products without even tasting them first simply because they trust us,” she added.

 The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show awarded Pilpel Fine Foods 10 medals for its dips in 2006 and medals for all its soups in 2007.

 “Food experts predict that in the next few years, Australia will have the best food in the world which will be made of a combination of Mediterranean, Australian and Asian flavours. This obviously works for us,” she added.

 Pilpel Fine Foods has also introduced non-vegan pesto under the brand name Darikay.

 The Capital Region Farmers Market has over 100 stalls and is open every Saturday morning at the Exhibition Park (EPIC) from 8 am to 11 am.

 The Farmers Market is a genuine farmers market, offering a diverse range of fresh food and agricultural produce straight from the producer to the customer. There are over 100 market stallholders each Saturday morning selling everything from fruits and vegetables to specialist organic products, meats, breads, chocolate, wine and olives.

 All funds generated from the Market are fed back into regional communities and other projects chosen by the Rotary Club of Hall which founded the Market in 2004.

 For more information on Capital Region Farmers Market, visit www.capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au.

  Released for Capital Region Farmers Market by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)

 For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

"Spirituality in Action" Fundraiser



“Spirituality in Action”

Thursday, 28 February 2008, 7:30pm

Function Room, 2nd floor, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City

Suggested Donation $20/$15


Join us for an evening of cross-cultural entertainment, spiritual insights and your chance to make a real difference in the world!

The event will include:

* live performances by multi-lingual vocalist Helen Rivero (www.helenrivero.com) and Nitya Bernard Parker, Australia’s foremost player of the bansuri (Indian flute);

* presentation from Tibetan Buddhist teacher Khandro Thrinlay Chodon on her projects in Asia;

* Tibetan and Indian artefact stall;

* food and refreshments.

All proceeds go towards the Khachodling Project which supports Tibetan nuns and provides educational and medical facilities in India.

This event is proudly sponsored by the Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant in Dickson and Pirion Printers.

Buddhist teaching


Buddhist Teaching

“Ground, Path and Fruit of a Spiritual Life”

Wednesday, 27 February, 5.30 pm

McDonald Room, Menzies Library, Australian National University

Suggested Donation $20/$15

The basic ground has always been there, but like a hidden jewel, we must uncover the treasure that lies within us. To do that, we need to follow the path, which fortunately has been revealed to us by the great masters. It unveils the fruit, one’s own and others’ intrinsic beauty, which can truly manifest from diligent spiritual practice. Tibetan Buddhist teacher Khandro Thrinlay Chodon will speak about how the ground, path and fruit can make our lives more meaningful.

For more information on Khandro Thrinlay Chodon and her projects, visit www.khachodling.org

Buddhist teaching


Buddhist Teaching

“Ground, Path and Fruit of a Spiritual Life”

Wednesday, 27 February, 5.30 pm

McDonald Room, Menzies Library, Australian National University

Suggested Donation $20/$15

The basic ground has always been there, but like a hidden jewel, we must uncover the treasure that lies within us. To do that, we need to follow the path, which fortunately has been revealed to us by the great masters. It unveils the fruit, ones own and others intrinsic beauty, which can truly manifest from diligent spiritual practice. Tibetan Buddhist teacher Khandro Thrinlay Chodon will speak about how the ground, path and fruit can make our lives more meaningful.

For more information on Khandro Thrinlay Chodon and her projects, visit www.khachodling.org

Buddhist talk


Buddhist Talk

”The Wisdom of Silence”

Tuesday, 26 February 2008, 5:30pm

McDonald Room, Menzies Library, Australian National University

Suggested Donation $20/$15

Often we say too much, think too much and do too much. It’s time to stop and watch! There is wisdom in silence that needs to be explored in order to live more fully. Tibetan Buddhist teacher Khandro Thrinlay Chodon will expand on this theme, revealing the beauty of direct perception, and ways to go beyond conceptual mind.

For more information on Khandro Thrinlay Chodon and her projects, visit www.khachodling.org

Free Fitness and Health Industry Career Information Forum


Student to Industry Program (SIP) is partnering with The Australian Institute of Fitness to produce an exciting array of career information and training options within the Health and Fitness industies for students, teachers and parents.

Multiple stall holders will be present on the night with giveaways and prizes drawn throughout the evening.

Two scholarships will be available for entering on the evening – one being a $3000 scholarship from the AIF and the other being $5500 scholarship for Certificate IV in Massage or Aromatherapy with Om Shanti College.

The event if open at 5.30pm and will run until 7.30pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on Freemantle Drive at Stirling.

If you have further inquiries, please contact The Student to Industry Program on 6205 8464 and speak to Trish, Paula or Katrina.

Act Now @ Canberra Youth Theatre


CYT Actors Ensemble perform in Comfort
Act Now! Canberra Youth Theatre Seeks Messengers

Last November the Canberra Youth Theatre Actors Ensemble wowed audiences in its sell out installation-based production Comfort. Comfort was recently listed in The Canberra Times as one of reviewer Alanna Maclean’s 10 favourite theatre productions for 2007 in Canberra, stating it was “youth theatre at its best and most imaginative”.

This year the CYT Actors Ensemble will be engaging audiences’ with a production about community. CYT has commissioned Ross Mueller, a Melbourne based playwright, to adapt Markus Zusak’s award winning novel The Messenger to the stage. Mueller has recently submitted the first draft and CYT is preparing to audition its Actors Ensemble who will play the key roles in this major production.

The Messenger is a darkly humorous, thought provoking and moving story that reminds us how difficult it is for some young people to find their place in the world. In the current climate of self-preservation and self-absorption The Messenger is a timely narrative about engagement. It is a story for our community, all communities. As Ed himself states: “Christ, it’s deafening. Why can’t the world hear? I ask myself. Within a few moments I ask it many times. Because it doesn’t care, I finally answer, and I know I’m right. It’s like I have been chosen. But chosen for what? I ask. The answer’s quite simple: to care.”

The CYT Actors Ensemble meets every Saturday and is for 18-25’s who are passionate about developing core skills in acting and theatre making. CYT is committed to providing young adults with opportunities to learn about the craft of acting and explore the boundaries of theatre making. It is run by the Artistic Director, Pip Buining, with guest tutors who specialise in voice, movement and physical theatre.

Auditions for the CYT Actors Ensemble will be held on Saturday 23 February. Applications for the Auditions close on Monday 18 February.

For more information call the CYT Office on 6248 5057 or email [email protected]


Mental Health Logo

In today’s fast paced society mental health is of increasing interest and relevance for many. The demand for information has been steadily increasing, as more and more people start taking an active interest in their own mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation (ACT), a leading mental health service provider and information resource, has responded to this growing demand by organising a series of public information talks, to be held throughout all regions of Canberra. A Gungahlin talk on bipolar disorder will be the first in its series.
The Foundation’s public information talk on bipolar disorder is receiving much community interest. Andrea Close, a local media celebrity, is one of many Canberrans who are keen to help out: Andrea will discuss her own perspective and experiences of this illness. This talk is an opportunity for you to learn and understand life differently, to see and experience other perspectives.
A leading team of mental health professionals will also take your questions on bipolar disorder. They will discuss what symptoms people experience, what treatments and services are available in Gungahlin and Canberra. The public information talk will be informative and engaging, a good opportunity.
Date:               Tuesday 4th March 2008
Time:             7.00pm to 9.00pm
Location:        Gungahlin Regional Community Service Building,
Gungahlin Place, Gungahlin ACT
Cost:              FREE
Light refreshments will be available so please RSVP for catering purposes – 6230 7629 or [email protected]
Visit the Foundation’s website (www.mhf.org.au) or call 6282 6658 for more information.

Transit: The Visual Arts Graduate Season

Transit logo

TRANSIT is a series of exhibitions
showcasing works produced by candidates for the
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Master of Arts
(Visual Arts), and the Graduate Diploma of Art.

exhibition one
7 – 15 February

Reception: 6pm Wednesday 6 February

Judith Fuller (Printmedia and Drawing)
Kerrie O’Dea (Photomedia)
Isadora Mack (Painting)

exhibition two
21 – 29 February

Reception: 6pm Wednesday 20 February

Leila Feuer (Painting)
Daniel Flood (Painting)
Frank Lindner (Photomedia)

exhibition three
6 – 14 March

Reception: 6pm Wednesday 5 March

Masahiro Asaka (Glass)
Margaret Carlin (Ceramics)
Linda Davy (Ceramics)
Ayako Saito (Sculpture)

Online postgraduate catalogue
Each year TRANSIT LANE will profile the
work of ANU School of Art postgraduate students
who are exhibiting their work in our annual
graduate “season” of exhibitions. On this site
each student has their own online “gallery”,
with their cv, artist statements, and images of
their work. This snapshot of their professional
development will stay on the site, and can be
added to in the future. Past graduate students
are also encouraged to submit material for their
own gallery space on TRANSIT LANE. In between the
exhibition seasons, TRANSIT LANE will post news
and information about the goings-on in the
Visual Arts Graduate Program, and news and
reviews about the activities of our alumni.


Government House Open Day and Art Show


Government House
Government House Open Day and Art Show 2008

Date: Sunday 2 March from 10am to 4pm
Location: Government House, Dunrossil Drive Yarralumla
Entry: $8 adult, $5 concession card holders and $15 family

The Smith Family will hold its annual ACT fundraising event, Government House Open Day, on Sunday, 2 March 2008. It is a unique regional event held at historic Government House in Yarralumla.
This event provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the Governor Generals of Australia, both past and present. Now in its 10th year, Government House Open Day has established strong local appeal as The House and its 54 hectares gardens are seldom open to the general public. In the last two years, the event has attracted 4000 – 5000 patrons respectively.
Confirmed entertainers this year are Hayley Jensen (Australian Idol) National Capital Orchestra, Bordonian Dancers, Bordonion Heritage Dancers, DJ & The KarismaKatz, Strangeweather Gospel Choir and The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra, Bush Dancers Display Group and the Irish Dancers.

Will you join us?


A fresh approach to wellness
Will you support a fresh approach to Wellness in the ACT? The Linking-Hands Wellness Initiative is fully Incorporated and regulated by a governing Association. Our first AGM is this Sat, 16th February, 5.30- 7.30 at Simply Wellness Day Spa Retreat, and we are looking for an influx of enthusiastic members willing to share and promote our vision. This is an opportunity to be in at the start of a project that’s innovative and exciting. It is aimed at ‘helping people to help themselves’ and combines the best resources to assist those hampered by ill health make improvements that will enable them to remain in, or even return to, the workforce and active community life. You know how the rich and famous buy comprehensive packages of spa therapies, supplements and life coaching when they have a health challenge? Ever thought why? Because they can, and more importantly, because they work (They wouldn’t waste their money if they didn’t, would they?!) These programmes make a huge difference, enabling them to regain their health and fitness and keep their lives on track. So we, a community minded group of Canberrans, got together and designed similar, personalized, drastically subsidized, 3-12 month support packages for people with health challenges in the ACT.
Participants receive the worthy title of Friends, and where necessary, they will be helped to find sponsors to cover the cost of our programmes. A comprehensive initial evaluation establishes their regime and progress is closely monitored and recorded in 3 monthly reviews, which can be forwarded to Medical Professionals.

Linking-Hands can benefit you, your employees, your patients and your clients. Learn more; join us at our AGM, or enjoy yourself at our fundraising dinner at the Kamberra Winery on Friday 7th March (Invitations are going out soon). Phone Viv on 6100 3933, or email [email protected]. Wishing you well!

Dance your way back to health


Chakradance: Rhythm for your soul
As the pace of modern life seems to constantly accelerate, most of us are increasingly prone to feeling stressed and “out of balance”. What we are feeling is the result of strains upon our chakra system – the network of energy centres that integrate and regulate our body, mind and spirit.

When each of our chakras are balanced and working together harmoniously, we feel more alive, alert, and happy. The modern world can undermine the balance of our chakras, so rebalancing and cleansing is a must for energetic health.

This is where CHAKRADANCET comes in. A sacred and freeing therapeutic experience, CHAKRADANCET works on an energetic, physical and emotional level to reclaim our health and wellbeing.

CHAKRADANCET is a profoundly simple, yet deeply transformative, spontaneous dance practice that leads to energetic balance and physical and emotional wellbeing.

Each chakra has its own unique energy and its own influence in our lives. The way in which we move and the experiences we have during CHAKRADANCET are intensely personal.

Music can play a major role in stimulating the chakra energies as musical vibrations can be tuned to the chakra system. Each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency, which corresponds to specific tones.

Guided by music resonating to each of the seven chakras, CHAKRADANCET participants are taken on a dynamic dance journey through their own energy centres. There is no right way to CHAKRADANCET as everyone has their own rhythm and movement. By surrendering to the music and dancing from the inside out, we are able to free our natural energy flows and feel more fully alive.

CHAKRADANCET workshops are held nationally, and have now come to Om Shanti College in Canberra. For more information on classes please visit www.chakradance.com or call Michelle on 0402 504 788.

This Week In Folkus

This Week In Folkus

?Hello again from the land of live music….



there’s a great void in the firmament now that the libs have imploded and there’s no one to hate any more …

’tis very strange indeed … but strangely pleasant as well …



1. This Week in Folkus

2. Next Week in Folkus

3. Parish Notices

4. The Comics

5. Sport



This Week In Folkus – @ The Folkus Room, (operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive..

CHECK OUT OUR NEW MAPS PAGE…. just click this link >>> MAPS


Friday 8 February 2008 Doors and Bistro from 6.00pm Admission $15/$12 Kids Freeee ….

… We crank up the pace a bit this week with…..

>From 8.00pm Chicken Head blues with a tex/mex & hillbilly style

>From 9.00pm Wildseed proper Australian country music ….


2. Next Week In Folkus … TWO GREAT SHOWS

Friday 15 February 2008 ……. Bob Fox (UK) plus Cloudstreet and Rafe Morris

Sunday 17 February 2008 …… Eilean Mor plus MadViolet (CAN)


3. Parish Notices……..


3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. Click HERE for details


3b. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Announcing the timely and safe arrival of Tomas Ben Wilberforce Begg in Sydney town on 1 February 2008….. The brand new mumma is our very own Christina Mimmocchi of various voice, choir and venue management fame.

Hearty congratulations to Christina and her partner David Begg… Your world has just changed inexorably!


3c. ANDY IRVINE + CASSIDY’S CEILI are at the Canberra Irish Club on Saturday 9 Feb. Click HERE for all the details and bookings (essential) …


3d. The notice with depth C21…. Cobargo Folk Festival will be on the 22nd,23rd and 24th of February 2008 …


3e. The 4th National Australian Folklore Conference will be held at The National Library of Australia on the Thursday preceding the National Folk Festival and promises an interesting mix of speakers and themes. The conference is free and is a great opportunity to listen, contribute and have a yarn about folklore in Australia. For further information please contact Graham Seal at [email protected] or Rob Willis at [email protected] ………..


4.Three Irishmen and three Englishmen are travelling by train to a football match in London. At the station, the three English each buy a ticket and watch as the three Irish buy just one ticket between them. "How are the three of you going to travel on only one ticket?" asks one of the English. "Watch and learn," answers one of the Irish. They all board the train. The English take their respective seats but the three Irish cram into a toilet and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed the conductor arrives to collect the tickets. He knocks on the toilet door and says, "Ticket please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on. The English are mightily impressed by this, so after the game, they decide to copy the Irish (like always!) on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Irish don’t buy any ticket at all!! "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" asks one perplexed Englishman. "Watch and learn …" says one Paddy. When they board the train the three Irish cram into a toilet and soon after the three English pile into another nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterwards, one of the Irish leaves the toilet and sneaks across to the toilet where the English are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket please …"





I do remember one thing.

It took hours and hours,

But by the time I was done with it,

I was so involved,

I didn’t know what to think.

I carried it around with me for days and days,

Playing little games,

Like not looking at it for a whole day,

And then looking at it,

To see if I still liked it.

I did! ………….. — King Crimson



Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk


Bill Arnett

The Folkus Room

Canberra’s Acoustic Preference


0407 434 469

"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"

My Place Expo


If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration to enhance your home and lifestyle, you must visit the My Place Expo on the weekend of April 5 and 6.

This brand new expo has four distinct areas, each of which focuses on providing information about increasing your enjoyment of everyday living. You’ll find travel, home, garden and food – all located under one roof at Exhibition Park In Canberra.

On both days, you’ll meet well-known presenters from popular TV programs including Angus Stewart from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and ABC Radio’s ‘Queen of Clean’ and best-selling author of Spotless and Speed Cleaning, Shannon Lush. Some of the presenters from the Nine Network’s Getaway will also be appearing.

Start planning your list of questions to ask the experts at the free, how-to clinics which feature talks and advice on gardening, home projects and more. You’ll also see entertaining demonstrations by cooking personalities, exhibitors and other topical speakers on the My Place Expo Stage.

If you’re out of ideas for weekend activities, want to sink your teeth into a new do-it-yourself or garden project or are looking to add some extra zest to your life, the My Place Expo has the answers.

Where & When: Exhibition Park In Canberra
April 5-6, 2008
Open: 10am – 4.30pm daily
Cost: Adults $12, Pensioner/Senior $10, Children 5-16 $5,
Children under 5 FREE, Family (2 A + 2C) $27.
All prices include GST.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets: Tickets available at the door. Cash only.
Groups: Pre-booked discounted tickets @ $9 each are available for groups of a minimum of 10 people. To arrange a group call (02) 9452 7575
Information: Visit www.myplaceexpo.com.au or call 02 9452 7575.