If you haven’t heard of ‘Parma For A Farmer’, you must've had your head in the sand...the dry, arid, never-gets-rain sand that makes up about 90% of Australia.
PFAF is an initiative from Rural Aid that’s trying to get all Aussies eating more parmas. Why? Because $1 from every plate will be going to help drought-stricken farmers all over the country (any venues reading this, you can sign up for the program here).
What will your hard-earned parma dollars buy? Hay. Literally hay. There’s no grass to be grown in a lot of places right now, so feed has to be shipped in. $20 buys a small bale of hay, and $9500 gets a semi-trailer full of the stuff.
Here’s all the venues in Melbourne helping out the cause. Get on down and grab a parma (or parmi if you’re in Geelong).
The Woolshed at Docklands is donating 60c from every pint they sell during the campaign. Drink responsibly, but also generously. It’s the yeasty circle of life.
The Cricketers in Port Melbourne (formerly The Cricketer's Arms, also formerly The House Of Food & Wine) is getting in on the action as well. We happen to know their parma is bloody good (from personal experience).
Flying Duck Hotel
These guys are chucking in $2 for every parma (way to make those parma dollars go further, lads). Check 'em out on Bendigo St in Prahran.
Crown has joined the cause. Huzzah! Each of the restaurants below is donating $2 to Buy A Bail. Good excuse to head down the Cas.
Australian Venue Co Pubs
The guys from Australian Venue Co have gotten on board the campaign. All their venues across Australia will be donating parma money starting today. Here’s the ones in Melbourne:
- Beer Deluxe (Hawthorn)
- College Lawn (Prahran)
- Golden Gate Hotel (South Melbourne)
- The Hawthorn Hotel (Hawthorn)
- Imperial South Yarra (South Yarra)
- Imperial Bourke St (CBD)
- Middle Park Hotel (Middle Park)
- Prince Alfred Hotel (Richmond) Newmarket (St Kilda)
- The Auburn Hotel (Auburn)
- The Duke (CBD)
- The Crafty Squire (CBD)
- The Exchange Hotel (Port Melbourne)
- The Local (Port Melbourne)
- The Provincial (Fitzroy)
- The Vincent (Albert Park)
- The Wharf Hotel (CBD)
Sand Hill Road Pubs
The team from Sand Hill Road are kicking in $1 from every parma sold until August 31. They're also doing the same on pots and pints of Balter or Carlton Draught between 5-7pm.
100 Burgers Venues
As if we could love the 100 Burgers crew any more (if you didn't know, they're the ones behind Welcome To Thornbury, Mr Burger, Natural History, Murmer, and a bunch of other venues). They're kicking in $1 from every parma sold at the following digs:
Geelong & The Bellarine
We wouldn’t forget you ‘parmi’ loving legends, would we? Even if Parmi For A Farmi doesn’t really make sense. Here’s everywhere you can help out in Geelong and the surrounding badlands.
- Murphys (Geelong West)
- The Sphinx (North Geelong)
- The Fyansford Hotel (Fyansford)
- The Mount Moriac Hotel (Moriac)
- The Railway Hotel (Bannockburn)
- The Beach Hotel (Jan Juc)
- The Cremorne Hotel (Newtown)
- The Barwon Club (South Geelong)
If you want to join the conversation (and there’s a BIG conversation going on right now), check out the Parma For A Farmer FB group.
Don't like parmas? You can donate directly to the campaign over here.
Image credit: Elle Borgward