The food we eat and how we cook it helps define who we are. Food and cooking are central to the many cultures and religions in the world.
Cultures and religions have a range of traditions, which include eating particular foods cooked in particular ways.
People living in Australia come from many different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, and many of them enjoy continuing their food traditions as a way of keeping and valuing their culture and beliefs.
Some of the different cultural and religious traditions some people follow are described below.
Roman Catholic Christians
Orthodox and Coptic Christians
‘Bush tucker’ refers to traditional foods that can be found and used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the lands or waterways of their Nations. There are many First Nations and variations of bush tucker across the diversity of Australia. Some foods are eaten raw, others are used medicinally, some are roasted or baked. Being able to prepare and eat tucker on Country has important aspects for peoples’ social and emotional well-being.