BENDIGO chef Simon Lock will celebrate food at this weekend’s Golden Mile race day, when he entertains guests and proves that cooking can be cheap and easy.
The Borchelli Ristorante owner has extensive experience in food demonstrations, hosting the annual National Homemaker shows and the Bendigo Fiesta.
He will present two cooking demonstrations on Saturday, cooking herbed crepes and marinara – which both cost less than $2.50 a serve.
“My aim is to show people how cheap it is to cook up healthy, good food,” Mr Lock said.
“I also encourage people to stock up their pantries because if they have to go to the supermarket every day to buy a dozen things for dinner, they lose their motivation.
“But it doesn’t have to be hard and we can fight obesity by getting people excited by cooking again.”
Mr Lock said there had already been a huge interest in the demonstrations, which are a new thing for this year’s Golden Mile.
Bendigo Jockey Club’s Ian Hart said the food and wine area, featuring an abundance of local produce, would provide other entertainment at the racing event.
“It is a celebration of the region’s food and there will be lots of autumn produce to taste and buy,” he said.
“We have a fabulous racing program, with world-class horses, jockeys and trainers but we want to give people other reasons to have a great day out too.
“There will be craft and produce stalls, a kids zone and activities, as well as live entertainment throughout the day so there really is a packed program with hopefully something for everyone.”
The cooking demonstrations will be held between races at 12.45pm and 2.45pm.