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Bugs Bunny. Jiminy Cricket. The Beatles. Y2k. Part-performance lecture, part-intervention, part-lunch – Contentious Buffet is an experimental community hall buffet investigating food neophobia, bugs in popular culture and low carbon alternatives to food consumption. 

For WinterWild Festival, this event brought together local Otways producers alongside some of Melbourne’s most experimental artists, food designers and thinkers, to get you thinking about how it was that Apollo Bay’s famous rock lobster shifted from being a ‘sea cockroach’ into one of the world’s most expensive and sought after delicacies. 

Fusing APHIDS’ future-focused politics with Long Prawn’s divergent food thinking, the result is an unpredictable and invigorating afternoon of performance, participation and surprising bug-snacks.

For WinterWild Festival, each ticket included:
A special door prize
Tea, snacks and a hot lunch by Furrmien
It’s not a bug, it’s a feature performance lecture by Catherine Ryan
A multi-anthropod video assemblage by Sarah Aiken
Food Muses, Neophobia & Entomophagy presentation by Quiggi
Cooking prawns of the sky workshop by Long Prawn
Fly Away with Contentious Buffet take home pack
++ Bonus community talent & produce

Tune in below or listen on Spotify here for a fresh selection of buggy tunes curated by APHIDS:

Dates: 13 and 14 August
Where: The Apollo Bay Community Hall, 4 Whelan St, Apollo Bay

Co-created by: APHIDS and Long Prawn
Food by: Long Prawn and Furrmien
Hosted by: Marcus McKenzie
Performance lecture by: Catherine Ryan
Featuring video art by: Sarah Aiken
Featuring design by: QUIGGI
Producer: Anna Nalpantidis

Production Images: Matt Willocks, Madeleine Thomas & Kirsty Hill

Hero Image: Ben Clement

This event is assisted by WinterWild, Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria and Australian Council of the Arts.

Please note: Due to the experimental nature of this event and the limited resources on-site, unfortunately, we are unable to offer alternative menu items for vegan or vegetarian dietary. Please inform us of any allergies you may have prior to the event, in particular shellfish allergies.

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.