Bendigo: Australia’s first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

celebrating our region’s culture, creativity and sustainability

Bendigo and the region has been recognised by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Gastronomy, joining 245 other creative cities around the world. The designation recognises our region’s diverse food culture and our community’s commitment to local, sustainable, delicious and creative produce.

The concentric rings of the Dja Dja Wurrung seasons represent a never ending cycle, as each new year it is reborn. All colours are all things, drawing on the importance of water, land, plant life, the animals, and the people and our connection to each other. The wedge in the circles is a symbolism of “Closing the Gap”, an aspiration to eliminate the difference between Aboriginal People and wider Australia, as well as the disruption in the fragile structure of our ecosystem since European arrival and our commitment to heal this together going forward.

Plants and animals are indicators for the seasons, some examples of this are the barramul (emu), murrnong (yam daisy), wai-kalk (wattle), gurri (kangaroo), lawan (mallee fowl), warrap (cod) etc. These examples are all essential foods and fibres for the Dja Dja Wurrung People, something that links in with the Bendigo region’s past, present and future.

In times of plenty we celebrate together and good food is shared. There is a season for all things which guides how we live. We invite you to join the Dja Dja Wurrung and the wider community to nurture and fulfil your Murrup (spirit) together on Djandak (Country).

Our Supporters

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation Letter of Support

On behalf of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation I am very pleased to support the City’s application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Category of Gastronomy…

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP – Premier of Victoria

I am pleased to endorse the City of Great Bendigo’s application to join UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the Gastronomy category…

"Bendigo's mineral wealth is matched by its culinary riches: award-winning restaurants serving local produce, cafes and bars housed in former gold rush banks, general stores and hidden in laneways, and historic pubs on almost every corner."

- Good Food Magazine