There are two things that Australia does well: food and philanthropy.
Australia is burning at an unprecedented level, with the total bushfire area matching and surpassing the entire state of Tasmania. And then some. The calls for help are being heard, with celebrities and heartfelt citizens across the world donating millions of dollars. Australia’s very own Celeste Barber has accumulated a staggering $45 million in donations on her still-trending Facebook post. And, on his first night playing in Sydney, Sir Elton John donated $1 million to bushfire relief funds.
But there is always more that can be done. To continue on from our previous post about ways you can help bushfire victims and the brave firefighters, we’ve found six worthwhile feeds that will donate towards bushfire relief across Australia.
[List updated 15/01/2020]
Bopp & Tone Bushfire Benefit
On Saturday 01 February, Bopp & Tone are hosting a Bushfire Benefit, with proceeds going to Australian Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery Fund, The Salvation Army Bushfire Disaster Appeal and WIRES Emergency Fund for Wildlife. All tickets include a shared feast (bespoke menu created by Applejack Hospitality head chefs), drinks, entertainment, and an opportunity to enter their prize raffle and silent auction. Also, please note there is a 3% booking fee on all purchases, which the venue’s booking platform, MyGuestlist, has kindly said will also donate to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal.
Australian Venue Co. National Collection
Until Saturday 01 February 2020, Australian Venue Co. will be donating $1 for every schooner and $2 for every pint of Furphy sold in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia as well as the same for every XXXX Gold sold in Queensland and Northern Territory. Funds raised will be donated to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal, which has been established by Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to support all communities impacted by bushfires across Australia. Click the button below to find your nearest venue.
SoCal ‘All You Can Eat Taco’ Fundraising Event
For a feast of Mexican proportions, that is as philanthropic as it is delectable, head to SoCal in Sydney’s Neutral Bay for all-you-can-eat tacos. Tickets are $40, with 50 per cent of sales being donated to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal. The event will go live on Tuesday 21 January and bookings are essential if you want a seat.
Bib & Tucker Fire Relief Dinner
The amazing Bib & Tucker staff are donating their time and working on their night off to raise funds for bushfire relief. They will join forces with Manuka Woodfire Kitchen and Bread In Common for a ticketed dinner to raise money for the national bushfire disaster. Suppliers are also donating their produce and products, and a number of local businesses are donating items for the auction on the night. 100% of proceeds will be evenly split and sent to the Australian Red Cross and Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation.
Prahran Market Trader Fundraiser
On Saturday 18 January, many of Prahran Market’s traders will be getting together and setting up stalls in Market Square to sell produce – with 100% of proceeds going towards the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. There will also be live music from bands donating their time. Traders involved include Hagen’s Organic Meats, Q Le BAKER, Gary’s meats, Maker & Monger, Market Lane Coffee and Blackhearts and Sparrows.
All-Day Breakfast In Bed For Foodbank
Primo, Australia’s largest manufacturer of deli meats is calling all bacon enthusiasts to indulge in an all-day bacon pop-up café on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January. Tickets are $20, with proceeds being donated to Foodbank to aid bushfire relief as well as wider disaster relief nationwide. Guests will be able to enjoy an all-day breakfast in bed with an impressive bacon spread (from maple bacon waffles to breakfast weave bacon tacos) with plenty of frivolities to match.
nel. Restaurant for Rural Aid
Chef Nelly Robinson is serving up a classic Australian set menu, with $5 from every degustation to be donated to Rural Aid. Think Aussie staples like the classic Bunnings sausage sizzle or Weet-Bix and milk, or perhaps a mortgage-busting smashed avocado. The aftermath of bushfires is the most mentally-straining time and Rural Aid aims to combat this by supporting farmers with fodder (hay), fresh drinking water, and financial assistance. Click below for the full menu.
Junes Shoppe and Table Sixty
On Monday 13 January, 100 per cent of profits from coffee sales all day at Junes Shoppe and Table Sixty will be donated to The Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery. And if you’re looking to throw in a bit more, or if you miss out on a coffee that day, there will be TIPS FOR BUSHFIRE RELIEF bowls on their counters as well as the option to add $1, $2 or $5 to your final bill for the Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery .
NOMAD's Cook For The Bush
This Sunday 12 January, Sydney’s hospitality industry will join forces with the team at NOMAD to #cookforthebush in support of Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis. The event will take place in three epic hotspots in Sydney’s Surry Hills, including a brunch at NOMAD Up the Road, a bake sale at Chin Chin GoGo Bar and a rooftop lunch at Paramount Recreation Club. 100% of proceeds from the day will go directly to the Australian Red Cross. Click below for more information.
Lamaro's Hotel Charity Fundraiser
For $50, Melbournians can enjoy bottomless Wonboyn Wilderness Oysters and Brewmanity beer – with all proceeds going to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF). Wonboyn Wilderness Oysters are gold medal-winning Sydney Rock Oysters grown in pristine wild waters just south of Eden, New South Wales. Lamaro’s Hotel will also host a silent auction and raffle to raise funds for GERF, who support victims of the bushfires to recover and rebuild.