Eating

2019 Gut health, peganism and faux meat food trends

Food trends identified as important for 2019 were eating for gut health, food shopping more frequently, "peganism" (a cross between… Read More

2019 Vegan certification introduced in Australia

With the a growing number of Australians adopting a vegan lifestyle, Vegan Australia launched a vegan certification program in January… Read More

2018 Domino’s vegan pizza

All the pundits predicting the 2018 food trends agreed on one thing. Vegetable-based foods were HOT, they said.  It seemed… Read More

2016 More Aussies are vegetarian

Roy Morgan research found that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults whose diet is all or almost… Read More

2015 Sugar a health hazard

Although some nutrition scientists had sounded warnings about sugar as early as 1972, its dangers were largely ignored by those… Read More

2014 Macca’s healthy cafe

In a world first, McDonald's trialled a new cafe concept in Sydney's Camperdown, opposite the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Macca's… Read More

2014 Health Star Rating on food packaging

In a response to growing concerns about obesity, the Health Star Rating system was developed by the Australian, state and… Read More

2014 Food trends according to Good Food Guide

Commenting on 2014 food trends, Larissa Dubecki and Jane Apelgren of The Age Good Food Guide identified pickles, kale, milk… Read More

2013 Keto diet becoming popular

The Keto diet (or ketogenic diet) was originally developed in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy. It echoed some… Read More

2013 Choc Tops change hands

Rowena Foods, manufacturers of that favourite of cinema-goers, the Choc Top, was bought by Bulla Dairy Foods. Rowena's Choc Tops have… Read More

2013 The modern sandwich

How the modern sandwich has changed! The lunch! event held in Sydney for the take-away food industry incorporated competitions for the… Read More

2013 Chips most popular snack food

Roy Morgan research released the results of a snack food survey showing that 33 per cent of Australians bought potato… Read More

2012 HelloFresh home delivery meals

Described as the food delivery business for home cooks, HelloFresh delivers a weekly box of ingredients including fresh meat and… Read More

2012 Death cap mushrooms kill three in Canberra

Two people died from liver damage after a New Year’s eve dinner in Canberra where they ate Amanita phalloides, or… Read More

2011 World’s largest lamington

On June 11, 2011, Toowoomba broke the Guinness World Record for the world's largest lamington at the Newtown Rugby League… Read More

2011 Fast food chains hit big numbers

In 2008 an IGA survey reported in Foodweek had found that 57% of Australians ate fast food at least once a… Read More

2011 Worst fast food named

The consumer organisation, CHOICE, named Hungry Jack's Ultimate Double Whopper as the worst fast food, with a single burger delivering… Read More

2011 Milestones in food presentation – blog

George Hill is a chef and educator  who has clearly seen (and done) it all. Hel posted this amusing summary… Read More

2010s New cuisines draw crowds

As we entered the second decade of the 21st century, the latest “in” cuisines were Korean, Mexican, South American (BBQ)… Read More

2010 noma named world’s best

Chef René Redzepi's restaurant noma displaced El Bulli as Restaurant magazine’s best in the world. The restaurant, located in Copenhagen, Denmark introduced… Read More

2010 Macaron craze

Macarons  became “the new cupcakes”. Consisting of two almond meal and egg white biscuits, sandwiched together with ganache, macarons in… Read More

2009 Pollywaffle discontinued

The Pollywaffle chocolate bar was introduced in 1947 by Hoadley’s Chocolates. It consisted of marshmallow inside a chocolate coated wafer tube… Read More

2009 Domino’s fast food app

Domino's, who pioneered home delivery of pizza in Australia, released its first fast food app in 2009. The app allowed customers to… Read More

2008 Urbanspoon launches in Australia

Launched by three partners in the USA in 2006, Urbanspoon provided an online forum for peer-reviewing of restaurants. The service… Read More

2008 Subway abandons Anzac Biscuits

The Anzac Biscuit recipe is protected under Australian legislation, policed by the Department of Veterans'  Affairs. Commercially made Anzac Biscuits… Read More

2007 Kevin Rudd plugs Iced VoVo

The Iced VoVo is a sweet biscuit first made by Arnott’s around 1904.  It has two strips of pink icing… Read More

2005 Cupcake craze hits Australia

Thanks to the popularity of the American TV series Sex and the City, these highly decorated little cakes, the signature… Read More

2005 Seafood sustainability becomes an issue

Concerns about seafood sustainability were voiced at Tasting Australia in Adelaide and at a Slow Food conference in Melbourne. The… Read More

2005 Lamb for Australia Day

As a response to declining lamb sales, the Australian  Meat and Livestock Corporation recruited former Aussie Rules footballer and media… Read More

2004 Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me

The American documentary film Super Size Me by director Morgan Spurlock aimed to expose the evils of fast food. The film… Read More

2003 Mo Vida rides Spanish wave

Barcelona-born Frank Camorra opened Mo Vida in laneway in Melbourne, with tapas as bar food and more substantial plates to… Read More

2002 Food Standards Code introduced

The Food Standards Code set the standards for food labelling and composition for all States and Territories throughout Australia and New… Read More

2002 Paleo Diet developed

Based on the (false) premise that humans haven't evolved fast enough to cope with foods introduced since the end of… Read More

2002 The GI Diet popularised

The concept of the glycemic index was developed by Canadian Dr David Jenkins in 1980-81.  His research showed that some starchy… Read More

2000 Obesity on the rise

The 1999-2000 Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study indicated over seven million, or 60% of adult Australians aged 25 years… Read More

2000 GST introduced

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced, providing another incentive to eat at home. Food for human consumption was… Read More

2000 McDonald’s the Olympic restaurant

The official Olympic restaurant for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was that great Australian institution – McDonald's. The Sydney 2000… Read More

2000 Spending on takeaway rises

The ABS Household Expenditure Survey (2000) found that the average household spent $127 a week on foods and non-alcoholic beverages,… Read More

1999 Dick Smith Foods, the Aussie way

In 1999, entrepreneur Dick Smith launched Dick Smith Foods. The move was prompted by the increasing foreign ownership of iconic… Read More

1999 McDonald’s launches McOz

The truly Australian touch in this burger was the addition of beetroot. The McOz consisted of a burger patty with… Read More

1998-9 Egg consumption declines

n 1968 the American Heart Association announced a dietary recommendation that you should eat no more than 300 mg of… Read More

1998 Great Vanilla Slice Triumph

The Great Vanilla Slice Triumph began in Ouyen in 1998 after then-Victorian premier Geoff Kennett claimed the vanilla slice from… Read More

1996 Modern Australian food defined

The term “Modern Australian” first appeared in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald  Good Food Guides in 1996. This description… Read More

1995 Fags become Fads

Fags were candy cigarettes, produced since the 1930s, initially by Riviera Confectionery and later by Fyna Foods. They were white,… Read More

1995-96 Take-away sushi

Sushi had appeared in Sydney restaurants as early as 1963 and by 1982 the Australian Women's Weekly was telling people… Read More

1995 Slow Food Australia founded

Slow Food Australia operates through a series of convivia, each mandated directly from the Italian headquarters in Bra, Italy. The first… Read More

1994 Government regulates Anzac biscuits

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs must authorise the use of the term Anzac. In 1994 a general policy relating to… Read More

1992 Margarine outsells butter three to one

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report in 1994 quoted industry sources that put 1992 market shares of butter… Read More

1991 Easter Bilby campaign introduced

The Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia (RFA) developed and registered the Easter Bilby campaign in December 1991. The aim was to raise… Read More

1991 Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes KFC

With health-consciousness increasing, Kentucky Fried Chicken changed its name to eliminate the ‘F’ word. It became KFC. No longer ‘Finger-lickin’ good’,… Read More

1990 Tiny Teddy biscuits launched

Arnott’s Tiny Teddy biscuits hit the market, becoming the most successful product launch in the company’s history. More than five… Read More

1990s Food allergies in the news

Studies showed that peanut allergy in children increased from 0.5 to 1.5% between 1989 and 1994-6 in the UK and… Read More

1990s More pre-packaged meals

In the 1990s, individually packaged, ready-made meals and snacks appeared in increasing numbers in the supermarket. Microwave pasteurisation techniques extended… Read More

1990 Heyday of the Caesar salad

Although generally held to be invented in 1924 by the eponymous Caesar Cardini at his hotel and restaurant in Tijuana,… Read More

1990s Fusion cooking

Fusion cooking started before the 1990s (at Tetsuya’s, for example) but in this decade became more widespread. Chefs combined eastern… Read More

1989 Sausage sizzle electoral row

We love our "democracy sausage". But in 1989, the Labor Premier of Western Australia, Peter Dowding, was in trouble for… Read More

1989 food trends. French fries hot, crocodile steaks cold.

According to Mode Australia, a now defunct magazine published by Australian Consolidated Press, French fries, fresh crab cakes and mesculun… Read More

1988 Sun-dried tomatoes all the rage

Terry Durack’s essentials for a civilised weekend out of reach of a gourmet food store were: olive oil and balsamic… Read More

1988 The term molecular gastronomy coined

Oxford  Professor of Physics,  Nicholas Kurti, and French physical chemist and magazine editor, Hervé This, coined the term molecular gastronomy to… Read More

1988 First Australian Subway opens in Perth

Founded by Fred de Luca in Connecticut in 1965, the  Subway chain of sandwich shops was soon an expanding franchise operation. The… Read More

1987 Mackay Report on Food in the 1980s

Social researcher Hugh Mackay turned his attention to food. His 1987 Mackay Report, Food and Social Change, available in the… Read More

1986/87 Peters and Pauls have widest ice cream range

Peters and Pauls were brands of QUF (formerly Queensland United Foods). The range of ice cream products included : Drumstick,… Read More

Mid 80s The term ‘functional foods’ emerges

The term functional foods was first used in Japan to refer to foods with added ingredients that claim to provide… Read More

1985 Restaurant meal delivery service

While pizza delivery started in Brisbane as early as 1978, the first service set up for meal delivery from restaurants… Read More

1984 Dial-a-Dino’s launched

The Dial-a-Dino's pizza business was launched in Adelaide in 1984 by local entrepreneur Richard Westcombe. It was the first pizza delivery… Read More

1984 Year of the Sticky Date Pudding

Sydney Morning Herald writer, David Dale, nominated Sticky Date Pudding as the signature dish of 1984.  The invention of the… Read More

1983 First tapas in Australia?

Opening towards the end of 1983, Torremolinos restaurant in Sydney claimed to be the only restaurant in Australia serving tapas.… Read More

1983 Hot chip vending machine

The now-defunct Precision Fry Foods Pty Ltd claimed to have invented Australia's first hot chip machine. It operated in Robe,… Read More

1983 Seafood dining in Melbourne

In 1983, Jean Jacques Lale-Demoz opened his seafood restaurant in North Melbourne. The fine diner was in the vanguard of… Read More

1983 Domino’s launches with home delivery

The first Australian Domino’s store opened in Springwood, Queensland. Unlike the rival Pizza Hut, they offered  home-delivered pizza. However, they… Read More

1982 Yoplait Yogurt launched

Prior to 1982, yoghurt was consumed mainly by recent immigrants and health fanatics. It was largely sold by health food… Read More

1982 Michael Symons publishes One Continuous Picnic

The first edition of One Continuous Picnic: A History of Australian Eating propounded the idea that Australian cuisine developed from… Read More

1981 First Donut King store

The first Donut King outlet opened in March 1981, in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bondi, Sydney. It was operated… Read More

1980 Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains

Christmas in July is not a wholly Australian tradition. But in Australia it seems to have its origins in the… Read More

1980 The term ‘foodie’ invented

Although the term foodie, for someone who is keenly interested in all things food, was first used by Gael Greene… Read More

1980 Chicken Parmigiana on the menu

Whether you call it a parma or a parmi, Chicken Parmigiana is now an Aussie pub staple. It's impossible to… Read More

1980 Kraft goes gourmet

By the 1980s, tastes were changing.  Kraft launched  feta cheese, a satay sauce range and olives, as well as a… Read More

1980 Kangaroo meat sales legalised in S.A.

Even when it became legal to sell kangaroo meat in South Australia this local game was slow to find its… Read More

1980s Low fat a high priority

The first branded, fat-reduced milks arrive, along with low fat salad dressings and cholesterol-free mayonnaise. In 1982, the Australian Nutrition… Read More

1980s Yum cha becomes popular

Literally 'drink tea', yum cha became popular in Australia in the early 1980s, first taking hold in the Chinatown establishments… Read More

1980s New Asian food choices

With the White Australia policy firmly in the past new Asian food choices emerged on the restaurant scene. The arrival… Read More

Late 1970s Peter Russell-Clarke sells eggs

As question marks were raised about eggs as high-cholesterol food, The Victorian Egg Board enlisted the services of artist, author… Read More

1979 Chicken salt goes commercial

Chicken salt is as Australian as Vegemite, although with a shorter history. It was invented by Peter Brinkworth in the… Read More

1979 First Ali Baba kebab store

The first Ali Baba kebab restaurant opened in 1979 outside the Woden Plaza in Canberra’s inner south. It was founded… Read More

1979 The Pritikin Program For Diet And Exercise

American nutritionist Nathan Pritikin’s book,  The Pritikin Program For Diet And Exercise, spent a year on the New York Times’… Read More

1978 First McDonald’s Drive-Thru

In 1978, Australia's first McDonald's Drive-Thru opened in Warrawong, New South Wales. This was just three years after their first… Read More

1978 Vogue’s Champagne Diet

The Champagne Diet, published in Australian Vogue, made much of the fact that champagne was the least fattening of all… Read More

1977 Howqua Dale weekend retreat founded

Sarah Stegley and Marieke Brugman owned and operated the Howqua Dale Gourmet Retreat, at Mansfield in central Victoria for 30… Read More

1976 First muesli bar in Australia

Australia's first muesli bar was the Uncle Tobys Toasted Muesli Crunchola Bar, launched in 1976. It was a jolly good… Read More

1976 Kraft Singles launched

The best thing since sliced bread was sliced cheese. Kraft Singles, individually wrapped slices of processed cheddar were launched in… Read More

1976 Overseas travel booms

By 1976, a million people were leaving Australia annually to travel overseas. They now travelled by air, not by sea,… Read More

1976 First Thai restaurant

The first Thai restaurant in Australia was the Bahn Thai,  which opened in Melbourne's St Kilda Road in June 1976.… Read More

1975 Savoury slice invented in Murray Bridge?

The savoury slice is a truly regional dish, apparently found only in a tiny pocket of South Australia around the… Read More

1974 Pink Lady® apples

Pink Lady® is a trade-marked name for an apple variety known as Cripps Pink. The apple was developed by horticulturalist… Read More

1972 Atkins diet

Introduced in the book Dr Atkins Diet Revolution, the Atkins diet promised people they could lose weight while eating as… Read More

1972 Red Rooster founded in WA

The Aussie-owned fast food chain began in Western Australia.  Originally a family business, Red Rooster was acquired, and the chain… Read More

1971 Hungry Jack’s launches in Australia

The US chain Burger King couldn’t use their own brand in Australia, as the name had been trademarked by a… Read More

1971 Space Food Sticks launched in Australia

Space Food Sticks were developed by Pillsbury in the USA. The company worked in conjunction with NASA to develop a… Read More

1971 Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs

Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs were launched in 1971. They were based on a similar American product called Cracker Jack, which… Read More

1971 First Australian McDonald’s opens in Sydney

The first Australian McDonald's opened in the Sydney suburb of Yagoona 16 years after the company was founded in the USA.… Read More

1970 Pizza Hut launches in Australia

The first Australian Pizza Hut opened in Belfield, Sydney in April 1970.  The building (shown here) was most recently a Korean… Read More

1971 Smoked oysters fall from grace

1971 was the year when smoked oysters  became socially unacceptable. Playing Stork in the eponymous movie, actor Bruce Spence single-handedly… Read More

1970s Counterculture revolt

In the late ‘60s and early ’70s, the counterculture revolt railed against everything that symbolised the industrial state. It included a… Read More

1968 Subway emerges in Connecticut

A recent high school graduate, 17 year old Fred DeLuca, and family friend Dr. Peter Buck teamed up to open… Read More

1968 Kentucky Fried Chicken in Australia

Australia's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet opened in Guildford in Sydney’s western suburbs on 27th April 1968, with a staff… Read More

1967 Australia’s first frozen Chinese meals?

Although there had previously been frozen TV dinner ranges which included Asian dishes, the first all-Chinese frozen meal range may… Read More

1967 Bourbon & Beefsteak

In 1967 a new era in the Americanisation of Australian food began. King's Cross in Sydney was the location of… Read More

1965 Red Tulip After Dinner Mints

Red Tulip didn’t invent the after-dinner mint. Rowntree’s After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins were launched in England in 1962, but… Read More

1965 First kebabs in Sydney

According to the company history of Uncle Tony’s Kebabs, the first kebabs were introduced in Sydney by Lebanese immigrant Tony… Read More

1964 The Big Banana

Claiming to be the first and most famous of Australia's "Big Things" (although it was actually pipped by the Big… Read More

1964 Golden Fleece roadhouses promoted

It's not clear when the first of the Golden Fleece branded restaurants was opened - perhaps in the 1950s or… Read More

1963 Tim Tams launched

In 1963, Arnott’s launched Tim Tams , a new chocolate-covered biscuit based on a British product called Penguin. They were named… Read More

1963 Bertie Beetle launched by Hoadley’s

The chocolate Bertie Beetle was launched by Hoadley's in 1963 and is generally supposed to have been created as a… Read More

1962 New Year’s Eve at the Rex Hotel, Bondi

The special New Years's Eve menu at the Rex Hotel was typical for its time. It offered Oysters Naturelle or… Read More

1962 Mr Whippy arrives in Australia

The Mr Whippy ice cream van company was founded in Birmingham, England, in 1958. Just four years later the franchise… Read More

1962 Christmas menu at Hotel Astra, Bondi

The multi-course Christmas menu at the Hotel Astra, Bondi, offered such choices as Oysters Natural au Citron, Consomme Royale, Fillet… Read More

1962 Southern Cross Hotel opens in Melbourne

The Southern Cross Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Melbourne to depart from the traditional style of hotels like… Read More

1962 First Burger King in Adelaide

Adelaide's Burger King chain had nothing to do with the similarly-named chain in the United States. However, its founder, Don… Read More

1962 Hawaiian Pizza created in Canada

History does not record when the first Hawaiian Pizza arrived in Australia. But the man credited with its invention was… Read More

1962 (?) Streets Splice launched

Actually, the Streets people themselves don’t know when this iconic Aussie ice cream was launched. They say it was “sometime… Read More

1962 Scotts TV dinners advertised

The term "TV dinners" emerged as a brand name in the USA in 1955, although frozen ready-to-eat meals had been… Read More

1959 Streets Gaytime launched

The first Streets Gaytime was not golden. It was a combination of icecream, chocolate and strawberry shortcake. The famous Golden version,… Read More

1958 Barney Banana ice cream launched

Peters Barney Banana, a banana ice cream on a stick, was launched in 1958.  It was promoted as containing real… Read More

1957 Lucia’s Pizza Bar in Adelaide

Lucia's Pizza Bar opened in 1957 and may well be Australia's first pizza restaurant (a title claimed for many years… Read More

1957 Australia’s first Japanese restaurant

The first Japanese restaurant in Australia wasn't a separate restaurant at all, but an annexe to the Dungowan restaurant in… Read More

1956 Birds Eye Fish Fingers make their Australian debut.

Birds Eye Fish Fingers, produced by the quick freezing process developed by the eponymous Clarence Birdseye, were introduced in 1956… Read More

1955 Rocklea Road developed by Darrell Lea

Rocklea Road, a combination of chocolate, marshmallow, coconut and peanuts, was developed by Harry Lea as a gift for his… Read More

1955 First McDonald’s opens in USA

Salesman Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's in Illinois in 1955, licensing the name from a Californian Bar-B-Que restaurant that… Read More

Mid 1950s Sliced and packaged bread

Sliced and packaged bread was introduced in America as early as 1928 but the widespread adoption of the sliced loaf… Read More

1954 (?) Choo Choo Bar

The Choo-Choo Bar was originally made by Plaistowe in Western Australia. Hearsay suggests it arrived in the early 1950s –… Read More

1954 Savoury Shapes biscuits launched

Savoury Shapes were launched in Victoria by the Brockhoff Biscuit Company in 1954. The small savoury biscuits came in five… Read More

1954 Happy Little Vegemites jingle

The Happy Little Vegemites song, used to advertise Australia's iconic Vegemite spread, was written by Alan Weekes of advertising agency… Read More

1954 Curried Goanna served in Sydney

On 8 May 1954, Curried Goanna was among the foods served at a special Northern Territory night at a Sydney… Read More

1953 Scallop pies,10d each

The true history of Tasmania's famous scallop pies is shrouded in mystery. The earliest reference I can find to the… Read More

1953 Colvan Chips

Although there is a story that margarine-manufacturer Ted Mayes founded the Colvan business with his winnings from the 1942 Melbourne Cup,… Read More

1953 First Australian Meals on Wheels service

The Meals on Wheels concept originated in Britain during WWII, with authorities delivering meals to elderly, frail people. The first… Read More

1953 Chocolate Crackles trade marked

December 1953 saw the name Chocolate Crackles trade marked by Kellogg, despite the fact that the recipe had been in… Read More

1952 Salada biscuits launched

Salada biscuits are among Australia's favourite crackers or, as we used to call them in my youth, dry biscuits. Originally… Read More

1953 Streets Paddle Pop launched

In 1953 Ron Street, nephew of Street's Icecream founder Ted Street, invented the ice cream that has endured for more… Read More

1952 Spaghetti bolognese recipe

Why would it have a French spelling? And why would it include Worcestershire sauce? And why would you bake it?… Read More

1952 Kentucky Fried Chicken brand launched in USA

Harland Sanders opened his first restaurant in 1930 in the front room of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky, naming… Read More

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