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Build a garden with Costa Georgiadis and Paul West then celebrate with local food and music

Albert McKnight5 May 2021
Costa Georgiadis holding gardening tools

Costa Georgiadis will be in Cobargo on Saturday, 8 May. Photo: Supplied.

Roll up your sleeves alongside television stars Costa Georgiadis and Paul West and get to work making an eco-island garden on the NSW South Coast this weekend, before celebrating with music and locally grown food.

Growing Growers takes place on Saturday, 8 May, in Cobargo, where you will have the chance to work alongside the ABC’s gardening guru Costa, and chef Paul, of River Cottage Australia fame.

It starts with a working bee for an eco-island project at Cobargo Preschool from 2:30 pm.

The project is to create a 120-square-metre terraced bird, bee and butterfly hub that will be enhanced with habitat houses and specialised native species.


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That evening, there will be a Growing Growers Gala at the Cobargo School of Arts Hall from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

The gala will feature local food and music before Costa and Paul co-emcee a discussion with the night’s musicians on their aspirations and challenges during a difficult past 18 months.

The entertainment will be provided by Heath Cullen, Corinne Gibbons and Ron Callo Callaghan, along with a Welcome to Country by Warren Foster.

River Cottage host Paul West with chickens at the farm.

Paul West at the River Cottage. Photo: Supplied.

About 80 per cent of the night’s food, from Via Luna and Kitchenboys, will be locally sourced, and it’s all included in the $10 admission price.

“That makes $10 for music, a discussion with two high-profile personalities and top-notch food,” says Growing Growers project and events manager Dan Bakker.


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He says the eco-island will be in the middle of the preschool’s bus turning circle and will involve the installation of 15 bush poles, at the tops of which bird homes or bee hotels will be placed.

He says it is a ‘hands on’ intergenerational project and the working bee will bring many people together.

“It’s a great way to collaborate and bring cohorts together across a range of demographics,” he says.

Tickets to Growing Growers are $10 for adults and $5 for children. To book, click here.

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