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Healthy Menu Choices to Kickstart Your Conference At Hawthorn Arts Centre


The team at Harvest & Soul- Catering & Events enjoys working closely with business event planners to deliver impactful meetings and conferences at Hawthorn Arts Centre.


We understand that full day conferences can be quite exhausting for delegates, with loads of new information to absorb in addition to team building exercises, training and networking. While there is always a place for traditional day delegate packages that include working lunches and the old favourites such as sweet baked treats for tea breaks, these days conference delegates are craving healthier menu choices.


Kickstart your business event at Hawthorn Arts Centre with our tips on how to conference the healthy way.


Soulful smoothies and herbal craft teas


Our DIY Smoothie Stations are a great way to fire up your conference delegates!

All good caterers know that conference attendees love a great, hot cup of coffee on arrival. Mix up your arrival drinks by including nutrient rich smoothies and herbal craft teas to energise your delegates. Another great idea is to offer a DIY smoothie station to create a delicious point of difference for your business event.


Locally sourced ingredients


At Hawthorn Arts Centre, over 80% of our ingredients are sourced right here in Victoria, from the very best artisans and farmers. Featuring local ingredients is a great way to showcase Victoria’s exceptional produce and using high quality, seasonal (and ethically sourced) ingredients is an integral part of creating healthy conference menus that burst with flavour.


Start the day right

There are so many healthy breaky choices that will help fuel your conference delegates (don’t worry – they taste great too!). Swap fried eggs for local, free range poached eggs and swap bacon with smashed avo seasoned with Turmeric and dukkha for a sure-fire way to fire up your delegates!

Little pots of natural yoghurt and buckwheat granola served with an abundance of fresh fruit and nuts are another healthy menu choice to jumpstart your conference.


Healthy sweet treats


When energy levels are lagging, use morning and afternoon tea breaks to reinvigorate your meeting at Hawthorn Arts Centre. If you are looking for health focussed conference menus choices, our team of foodies highly recommends our little chia puddings or bircher muesli pots – both of which provide a sweet flavour hit, without the sugar crash afterwards. Bowls of fresh whole fruits and platters of sliced seasonal fruits are also great choices.


Make your own


DIY food stations are a fun and healthy way to serve a working lunch that allows your guests to choose their own ingredients. Our Make Your Own Buddha Bowl menu has been a huge hit with event guests this year at Hawthorn Arts Centre and we love watching guests delight in creating delicious, healthy creations featuring grilled and poached meats, loads of fresh salads and veggies plus antioxidising dried berries.


Healthier lunch choices

Simple salads using seasonal, local produce will help fuel your conference guests at lunch time.

Ramp up your delegate’s afternoon energy levels with some lighter working lunch choices. Swap sandwiches for wraps or rice paper rolls loaded with protein and crispy veggies. Simple sides such as toasted almonds with broccoli and a lavish spread of colourful, seasonal salads will give your hungry guests with the energy they need for the afternoon session ahead.



Hawthorn Arts Centre boasts a range of meeting rooms and conference venues to suit both small meetings and large-scale conferences alike. Contact our friendly team of business event professionals today to start your planning.

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