Want Colin Fassnidge to Cook for You?

Posted by on January 11, 2019

Australia’s adopted Irish chef, Colin Fassnidge famous for his stints as a judge on My Kitchen Rules and nose-to-tail cooking philosophy, has long been a supporter of the OzHarvest CEO CookOff™.

Fassnidge has participated in the event since 2014 cooking for some of Australia’s most vulnerable people and seeing the magic of the CEO CookOff™ year after year. “People in this day and age should not be starving, not with the amount of food we have, and it’s a massive problem” said Fassnidge.

This year Colin is determined to help OzHarvest hit the $3 million CEO CookOff™ target to deliver a further 6 million meals to vulnerable and hungry Australians.

As a reward for the person who refers the most CEOs and business leaders to take part in the CEO CookOff™ 2019, Colin has offered to cook up a dinner for 10 people! (Terms and conditions apply. Read them here.)

How it works:

  1. Invite all the CEOs and business leaders in your network to join (make sure they tell us your name when registering)
  2. We’ll let you know after 25th March if you were successful in referring the most participants and have secured the Colin Fassnidge dinner

Get started now by sharing the CEO CookOff™ on your favourite social networks:

Share on Facebook

Share on Twitter 

Share on LinkedIn

Southern Highlands Cookbook

Posted by on July 24, 2018

A local childcare centre in the Southern Highlands created a cookbook made of delicious family recipes. Proceeds from each cookbook sold was donated back to OzHarvest. Check out one of the recipes below for Chocolate Semolina from the Czech Republic.

Warm Cuddle Chocolate Semolina
This recipe has been handed down three generations so far on Wayne’s Czech Republic side. It’s important to us because back when our grandparents were growing they had many hard challenges compared to what our kids have now. They had to deal with World War II and the great depression, and food, money and warmth was hard to come by. In the back country (Czech) it snowed and was cold. Wayne’s grandfather to this day always tells us how you cannot give your children enough cuddles. You never know when the last cuddle may be and this dish reminds us of a Warm Cuddle.

Serves 3-4
5 min prep time

800 ml milk
65g semolina
75g  chocolate
50g caster sugar
Few drops vanilla essence

Heat 750ml milk

Cook semolina in the milk for 15-20 minutes

Grate chocolate, add the remaining 50ml milk and heat until melted

Stir in the semolina, add sugar and vanilla essence

Vikings Group Raises Over $60,000 For OzHarvest Canberra

Posted by on July 23, 2018

A year ago Vikings Group pledged a year of fundraising for their Charity of the Year, OzHarvest Canberra, and earlier this month announced that the Group raised $63,385.

In addition to the $63,385 raised, Vikings Group staff volunteered 152 hours of their time rescuing food and delivering it to those in need in the Canberra community to support OzHarvest in its mission to eliminate hunger and educate the Canberra community about food waste and how to prevent it.

Vikings Group ran a range of fundraising events, including can drives, trivia nights, Yoga events, game day donations throughout the rugby season and a major fundraising gala ball.

After two successful years running the program, Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill says he is proud of the contribution the group has made to the community in such a short period of time.

“The team has once again surpassed expectations, going above and beyond to achieve an incredible fundraising goal for OzHarvest. It’s been a pleasure working alongside Dave and the OzHarvest team,” he says. “We’d also like to thank the Vikings Group Members and the Canberra community, we couldn’t achieve this result without their support.”

Charity of the Year aims to support Canberra charities through fundraising and awareness raising activities, and by building lasting relationships with charities in the region.

“This was an important partnership for us, we always try to be conscious of waste and felt we could do more to support people in our community who might not always have regular meals,” Anthony said.

On average, Australians throw away $8 to $10 billion of food every year, which equates to about $1,036 worth of groceries a year for one household. With these statistics there are still two million people across Australia who rely on food relief every year.

OzHarvest ACT Territories Manager, Dave Burnet, is grateful for all the support over the last 12 months.

“This donation will help us deliver over 120,000 meals! We are very grateful for Vikings’ support and its contribution to the Canberra community,” Dave says.

Torrens Rail Junction’s huge OzHarvest fundraiser

Posted by on December 19, 2017

Bright and early yesterday morning we joined the Torrens Rail Junction Project team for a celebratory BBQ at its Bowden site office.

In support of what we do, the project team had been fundraising all year long by recycling their bottles and cans. They managed to collect a massive 48,000 cans and bottles. That’s incredible! Not only has this provided much needed funds for OzHarvest, but it has saved tens of thousands of containers from going to landfill. Win/win!

As well as their recycling project many of the team members donated, as well as some of their corporate supporters including Laing O’Rourke, KBR, Bardavcol, GT Planning, Robar Civil, TMK Engineering, WorkPac Group, Timelapse Adelaide and Crane Services. Thank you in particular to Conroy’s, Select and Aimsetters who made the BBQ and celebrations possible.

Through all this fundraising we were incredibly humbled and thrilled to pick up a HUGE cheque for $12,471.50 which means we will be able to rescue and deliver a further 24,943 meals to people doing in tough across Adelaide. What a way to end the year! Thanks so much to all involved for your incredible generosity.

Great Food Rescue Race 2017

Posted by on September 5, 2017

Help OzHarvest SA deliver another 200,000 meals to people in need. Join the Great Food Rescue Race!

After two successful years, the Great Food Rescue Race will be back in Adelaide on Friday 3 November 2017!

This unique fundraising event sees corporate teams of five compete in a series of cooking, nutrition and food-rescue themed challenges across the CBD, celebrating Adelaide’s food culture and raising funds to help OzHarvest rescue and deliver more quality nutritious food to the local community.

Join us for an afternoon of delicious food, team building and fun to help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in greater Adelaide!


What is the Great Food Rescue Race?

The Great Food Rescue Race is a unique fast-paced race across Adelaide’s CBD embracing food, community, teamwork and fun, whilst raising funds for OzHarvest’s South Australian food rescue operations.

Teams of five compete against each other in a series of cooking, nutrition and food-rescue themed challenges between Adelaide’s iconic food landmarks and charitable agencies, with local chefs and food identities making (surprise) appearances during the day.

Now in its third year, the event highlights the important message about food waste and food security, including the challenges faced by people in need and how individuals can make a difference and give back to the community.

The collective fundraising goal this year is $100,000, which always sparks healthy competition amongst teams and their supporting businesses! Teams are encouraged to raise $2,500 per team of 5. That’s only $500 per person! OzHarvest SA provides heaps of tips and tricks to help teams achieve this. You can find them here!

We are thrilled that Carbon Neutral Adelaide has come on board as our major sponsor for the Great Food Rescue Race 2017. Our AV sponsor Haycom  and supporting event sponsors Eat Local South Australia and Woolworths also have joined forces in the race. We would also like to say a big thank you to Adelaide Central Market, Botanic Garden, COAL Cellar + Grill, Hither & Yon, JP Media and Santos for supporting this impactful event.

Get your team of 5 people together now and register on our website! For more information, you can visit the event on this page.

Every $1 = 2 meals OzHarvest can rescue from going to landfill and deliver to people in need.


OzHarvest charity partner of Tasting Australia

Posted by on May 4, 2017

For the third time this year OzHarvest is the Charity Partner of Tasting Australia – an incredible eight-day festival of eating and drinking and uncovering what South Australia’s food-scene is all about: crusading local and seasonal produce; promoting its diverse culture; championing premium producers; indulging in a kaleidoscope of tastes and being treated to unforgettable dining experiences. The festival takes place from Sunday 30 April – Sunday 7 May.

We are very excited to have a daily presence at Charred, Tasting Australia’s Town Square ‘street’ food vendors area. At Charred you can find delicious food cooked over fire by some of Adelaide’s top chefs, adding smokiness and searing heat to your autumn lunch or dinner. You can stoke up the fire and warm the bellies of people in need! For every gold coin donation to OzHarvest you can add a piece of charcoal to our wheelbarrow to signify your impact. The mountain of charcoal will be used on the final fire pit cooking session on Sunday 7 May. For every $1 donated to OzHarvest we can deliver 2 meals to people in need. 

Chef Quiz
On Friday 5 May OzHarvest will be involved in a very special evening during the Chef Quiz! Hosted by DJ Driller Jet Armstrong, Tasting Australia’s Chef Quiz is an interactive, pub-style evening of good wine, great food and even better banter. You can put your skills on global food trends to the test and join in on special ‘pay to play’ games that will help raise much-needed funds for OzHarvest while you have a chance to win some great prizes. This event is sold out, and promises to be a great evening of good food and fundraising for OzHarvest!

Visiting Town Square on Saturday 6 May?
You will see our friendly bright yellow volunteers at the gates to raise funds for OzHarvest. Donating is optional (Town Square has free entry) but with every $1 donation allowing us to deliver 2 meals to people in need and rescue food from going to waste, don’t hesitate to empty your pocket change in our yellow buckets!

Food Rescue
As the Charity Partner of this food event, OzHarvest will rescue any surplus food at the end of the event, and deliver this directly and free of charge to a network of charitable agencies across greater Adelaide, to feed disadvantaged people in the South Australian community.

Check out the Tasting Australia Program and immerse yourself in this fantastic event! Thank you to Tasting Australia Creative Directors Simon Bryant & Jock Zonfrillo, Patron Maggie Beer, and the South Australian Tourism Commission for their ongoing support of OzHarvest.

OzHarvest revs up the kitchen with Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Posted by on January 18, 2017

OzHarvest is thrilled to be the Official Charity Partner for the 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Through this partnership we aim to raise $150,000 which will mean we can rescue and deliver 300,000 meals to people in need across South Australia.

Before the action of Clipsal 500 Adelaide starts on March the 2nd, we are excited to host a unique fundraising event: CookUp 500!

CookUp 500 will be a night of fun, food and adrenaline at the unique new venue Plant 4 in Bowden!

  • Meet and be inspired by OzHarvest’s CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn
  • Cook alongside chefs and cooks Simon Bryant, Duncan Welgemoed, Tze Khaw, Saskia Beer, Rosa Matto, Jessie Spiby, Chris Jarmer, Bree May, Dougal McFuzzlebutt, Dennis Leslie, Callum Hann, Themis Chryssidi, Daniel Fleming, Josh Gorman, Amanda Gutte and Travis Harvey, together with your host, the flamboyant Max Mason.
  • Help create 500 meals for Australians in need and enjoy beautiful South Australian products from dirt(y), Saskia Beer Farm Produce, Hither & Yon, Woodside Cheese WrightSkala Bakery, Lobethal Bierhaus and Ngeringa Vineyards.
  • Race against some of the best drivers from Clipsal 500 Adelaide on Scalextric
  • Purchase unique items and money can’t buy experiences, knowing that every $1 donated to OzHarvest equals 2 meals we can rescue and deliver to people doing it tough in South Australia.

With all of this and more to come it’s set to be an amazing and unique event. One not to be missed!

Date: 16 February 2017
Time: Starts 5.00pm
Where: Plant 4, Third Street, Bowden SA
Price: $195 for a 3-course meal & drinks
To book tickets: click here or call 08 700 700 80 for any enquiries

Volunteering opportunities

Over the 4-day 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide, 2-5 March, we will have many opportunities for anyone that wishes to volunteer with us. If you are interested, please email [email protected] for more information.

The Advertiser Foundation Ladies Day Luncheon

The Advertiser Foundation Ladies Day Luncheon has become an institution within the Clipsal 500 Adelaide events calendar. Part proceeds for the 2017 event will be supporting OzHarvest SA so please consider hosting a table for your clients, colleagues and staff.

To be held on Thursday 2nd March 2017, in the Coopers Podium Club at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, commencing at 12 noon. Spectacular entertainment includes performances from the star of The Bodyguard The Musical Paulini, award winning South Australian acrobatic troupe Gravity and Other Myths, Matt (Hans) Gilbertson, Mark (Elivis) Anthony, and Michaela Burger.

Hosted by Mix 102.3 Mark Soderstrom, with Clipsal 500 Adelaide drivers in attendance plus the luncheon includes a glamorous fashion parade.

Tickets are $175 each and includes 2 course meal, 1882 wines and champagne and entry to the track for the entire day. If you would like to buy a ticket or two or even a table, please call Carolyn on 08 700 700 80.

The Great Food Rescue Race Media Release

Posted by on November 1, 2016

Almost 200 people from local businesses and the Adelaide community will team up to put their foodie and fitness skills to the test at The Great Food Rescue Race on Friday 4 November, starting and finishing at Victoria Square (CBD).  Teams will race between iconic food establishments competing in various cooking, nutrition and food rescue challenges, to help raise funds for OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity.

Now in its second year, the Great Food Rescue Race is signature event in South Australia, involving TV personalities from popular cooking shows, My Kitchen Rules winner Bree May, Masterchef contestant Jessie Spiby and host of SA Life, Rosa Matto. FiveAA radio hosts Michael Keelan and Mark Aiston will be there as event MC’s.

OzHarvest SA State Manager, Hayley Everuss, says the event is a great day of fun and games, but also highlights an important message about food waste and sustainability. “The Great Food Rescue Race is fast-paced, exciting and inspiring for all involved, it celebrates Adelaide’s food culture, puts teamwork to the test and raises much needed funds for OzHarvest.”

“Teams will be challenged to learn more about food security and homelessness, whilst giving back to the community.  The race is designed to embrace food, community, sustainability, collaboration and fun!” said Hayley.

Twenty teams will race to the finish line, where delicious South Australian food generously donated by Saskia Beer and prepared by OzHarvest’s Nourish students will be served.  Angela Easson will be performing live music for all to enjoy

Proud partners of this year’s event include South Australia’s largest private company OTR who will enter five teams, Nova Entertainment, Bigwig, Haycom and Tucker’s Natural.  Supporting partners include, Adelaide Central Market, Hilton Adelaide, Kytons Bakery, EcoCaddy, Santos, Hither & Yon, Lobethal Bierhaus, Brand SA and Channel 44.

Anyone can get behind the event by supporting their favourite team and donating to OzHarvest, every $1 raised means OzHarvest can deliver the equivalent of two meals to people in need. .



Great Food Rescue Race presented by OzHarvest


Friday 4 November, 2:00pm – 6:00pm


Victoria Square (South) and the CBD (start and finish)


For more information go to

Social media tags: @ozharvestSA #GreatFoodRescueRace

For more media information, images or interviews with OzHarvest, partners or TV personalities please contact:
Grace McCarthy at Liquid Ideas on [email protected] | +61 2 9667 4211 | +61 422 558 112

Fiona Nearn at OzHarvest on [email protected] | +61 2 9516 3877 | +61 405 588186



Clipsal 500  – The Kool Kids

KESAB – Resource Recovers

OTR – Amazing Sandwich Stars

OTR – Absolutely Incredible Subway Southeasters,

OTR – Awesome Golden Whoppers,

OTR – Asian Delicacies – Wokinabox Style

OTR – Astoundingly Fast Foodies

Aussie – Team Aussie

Maxima – Team Maxima

SA Power Networks – Team SAPN

People’s Choice Credit Union  – People’s Choice

Woolworths – Faster Fresher Group

Woolworths – Southern Champions

Woolworths – Fresh Food Flyers

Hessel Group – Hessel Heroes

Bigwig  – Bigwig

Haycom – Haycom

University of Adelaide – UofA Seek Bite

Housing Industry Association – HIA “T” Ladies



OzHarvest has been operating in Adelaide for more than five years, saving over 1.7 million kilograms of good food from landfill and delivering over 5 million meals to vulnerable communities around the state.


The network of 240 volunteers and 15 staff work tirelessly collecting food from 160 donors and delivering it to 125 charitable agencies that feed people in need.


OzHarvest operates nationally in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and in regional communities via its REAP by OzHarvest program.



  • $8-10 billion dollars of food is wasted each year in commercial and residential waste[1]
  • Four million tonnes of food ends up as landfill[2]
  • One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $1,036 worth of groceries per household each year[3]
  • Over 644,000 people now receive food relief each month, one third are children[4]



[3] NSW EPA Food waste avoidance benchmark study (2012)

[4] FoodBank Hunger Report 2016

Registrations now open for the Great Food Rescue Race !

Posted by on August 25, 2016

Registrations for OzHarvest SA’s Great Food Rescue Race are now open!

Get your running shoes ready because The Great Food Rescue Race is back again! We loved the enthusiasm and support of last year’s race and we can’t wait for round two. The inaugural Great Food Rescue Race in 2015 raised $38,000 and this year we’re aiming to raise $100,000 to provide 200,000 meals for those in need. (more…)