Feast for art’s sake

March 17, 2017

Rustik cafe head chef Paul Koulis is creating an event to 'Feast the Street' during the High Country Harvest in May.

A Benalla chef is combining the city’s international street art with his passion for food this May.

Rustik cafe head chef Paul Koulis said Benalla’s Wall to Wall street art was under-appreciated and he hoped to bring tourists to town by combining art with food.

His ‘‘Feed the Street’’ event is part of the High Country Harvest, run from May 5 to 21 in towns across north east Victoria.

‘‘I’m holding an event here on May 13 — I’m collaborating with (local street art tour guide) Lindsay Thomas to make the most of the amazing street art scene,’’ Mr Koulis said.

‘‘What we’ll do is have a street art tour, which is followed by us putting on a feast in the beer garden, pairing the food with Baddaginnie Run wines.’’

Mr Koulis returned to the hospitality industry three years ago after ‘‘about a 20-year’’ break.

He was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE apprentice of the year in 2013.

Mr Koulis said Feast the Street diners could expect to taste flavours from Peru, Argentina, Turkey and Asia to name a few.

‘‘We’re looking to have international dishes, but made with local ingredients... for example the we’re thinking about a Turkish nut cake, but with walnuts from the King Valley,’’ he said.

Rustik owner Julie Brown said it would be a great showcase for the cafe and the local contributors and collaborators.

‘‘It will be great to collaborate with Baddaginnie (Run) and Lindsay Thomas, we’ve always tried to put out locally made meals but we’re really amping that up now, and this is a great way to get people thinking outside the square about their food,’’ she said.

Ms Brown said the festival was there to get local companies collaborating to deliver the best product.

‘‘We don’t want it to be about us having a program and others not — we’re happy to have others come on board and collaborate,’’ she said.

●For more information about the High Country Harvest event and its programmes, go to

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