Food and Fibre

This afternoon we hopped on the V-line bus to begin the Food and Fibre Industry immersion Program, being run by CEAV and DEECD. It wasn’t long into our journey when we had our fist bit of excitement – a pinecone hit the front windscreen of the bus! After a bus change we continued our journey onto Melbourne, where we were greeted by David from CEAV who has organised the program. We headed back to the hotel, got settled and then we went out for dinner at ‘Left Bank’, a restaurant on Southbank. Since the evening was still young and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is currently running in Melbourne, we went to the gourmet ice-cream pop up shop, situated at Queensbury square, Southbank. Today the shop was being run by Pierre Roellofs and had delicious icecreams, such as the ‘Violet Beauregarde’ (Vanilla soft-serve garnished with blackberry jellies, glazed violets, fresh blueberries and violet meringues). By the time we had finished our icecream it was time to go back to the hotel, to have a good nights rest. Tomorrow we will meet the students from other schools and begin the industry tours. Everyone is excited about what tomorrows adventures will bring.

This morning we met students from other school who would be participating in the CEAV program. We came from Mount Beauty, Numurkah, Kyneton and Yarram. We all hopped on a bus and headed to our first destination – Latrobe University, Bundoora Campus. There we learned about what Latrobe University had to offer, as well as taking a tour of the campus that included buildings such as the Latrobe Institute for Molecular Science and the Agri Building. After lunch we travelled to Melbourne Polytechnic Epping Campus where we learned that Equine business is the fourth largest industry in Victoria! While we were there we looked into the following faculties: Equine Studies, Aquaculture, Primary Industry and Vetinary Nursing. Then it was time to get back on the bus, to travel to the Yan Yean Campus where we learned about the Faculty of Agronomy and Agriculture. We also went on a tour of the farm, which is used for training/education purposes and got to see students learning how to care for and treat animals. After a long but interesting day of being exposed to a range of careers, we headed back to the hotel. Dinner was around the corner at Vapiano on Flinders Lane. The food was Italian style and it was excellent! After dinner we went back to the hotel and escaped the heat, with a dip in the hotel pool. After two long days of travel and excitement we are going to sleep well tonight!

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