Dilly | Shepparton Culture Kitchen 2023


"For the first time, I cooked a recipe from another country, and I loved it!" Dilly first moved to Shepparton with her family in 2011. Although a small city, it has all the necessary things Dilly needs that are easy to access. She loves most the small town feeling of Shepparton and the strong community bonds and local community events on offer. The best opportunity she has gotten was through Shepparton Culture Kitchen, which has enabled her to meet new friends and taste a variety of delicious food.

Shepparton Culture Kitchen is a significant arts initiative centering the diverse voices of local diaspora communities, to build a future in which our communities are connected through empowering, healthy, and sustainable food culture. Starting with a seed project in 2020— the second cohort of Shepparton Culture Kitchen is an intergenerational, intercultural group of 6 local diverse women. As experts in their own lived experiences, the women draw on their personal stories to build and diversify local knowledge around food cultures and healthy eating.

With the help of coordinators and everyone at Shepparton Culture Kitchen, Dilly was able to learn a lot and improve her culinary skills. Dilly is happy to share her culture with others, and to her, Shepparton Culture Kitchen feels like a family.

MAV is proud to partner with Greater Shepparton City Council and POD Studio to elevate the voices of local, culturally diverse artists and community and to be a conduit for community self-determination.