In Shepparton, Ree Peric is a young artist and student, Australian born to Fijian Croatian parents and raised in Uganda.
Her roots, music and food mean so much to her and she says about being part of the Shepparton Culture Kitchen Creative Team:
“A project like this, in such a multicultural town like Shepparton, is crucial in gaining both, respect for other cultures, and understanding of the important history families are carrying in the dishes that are made in their everyday lives.
Also having a better understanding of diversity in diets and moving away from the standard, western diet, creates a safer space for BIPOC, in that there would be less opportunity for food and culture shaming, or assumptions of health risks due to lack of understanding of nutritional values in traditional food and their preparations.
I am excited to see the expressions of culture, history, and personal journeys through various traditional dishes and displays and believe the same attitude would be reflected in the Shepparton community. The passion for food between myself and all the other women on the panel is exhilarating and we undoubtedly have great experiences to share, and we look forward to doing so!”
Coconut Pilau Rice and Beef Ssupu Recipe
With Ree Peric
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: Ree Peric. Courtesy Ree Peric.