What does your dining table look like and mean to you in your home? For Agoness Kuol, who is originally from South Sudan, now residing in Shepparton it is everything. Agoness is one of eight women participating in Shepparton Culture Kitchen Creative Team and this is what she has to share about her table;
“My table is special to me because when I make food this is the time I get to sit down with my family. Everything stops and we talk and catch up. Here in Australia we each eat from our own different plates, but back home we have one pot or plate and we come together, sit down and eat from one plate. When you finish you wash your hands and continue talking over a cup of tea.
Today we are so busy, there is no time so meal time is very special to me. I like this project because I know I have time to be with other women and cultures to share and eat together and learn from each other.”
Shepparton Culture Kitchen is a new project co-produced by MAV and Greater Shepparton City Council, to explore the diverse food cultures of Shepparton’s diaspora communities and the vital role they play in addressing issues of health inequity and disadvantage facing the region.
Shepparton Culture Kitchen is proudly supported by VicHealth, Greater Shepparton City Council, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria.
Image credit: Agoness Kuol. Courtesy Agoness Kuol.