Aunty Dale Chapman is a Kooma and Yuwaalaraay woman and highly-regarded founder of My Dilly Bag — an immersive bushfood education service and food manufacturer.
It all started 20 years ago, with Dale’s vision to achieve true equality for all Australians through sharing delicious native foods and knowledge about Australian Aboriginal culture.
As an award-winning chef and an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the UQLD, Dale knows food!
Through My Dilly Bag, Dale hosts workshops and brings people together to learn about native ingredients and how to use them. She is a firm believer that sharing with one another, yarning, and learning about traditional knowledge can help build respectful relationships.
“People embrace bush foods and Aboriginal culture because that’s the whole thing; I like to break down the barriers. They get to taste them, interact and enjoy everything, and I think a lot of people are always quite overwhelmed at what bush food can do and how good it tastes.”
Dale is also eager to reintroduce First Nations people to bush tucker because of its powerful properties and the potential to combat major health problems such as heart disease. She is passionate about teaching Indigenous communities to grow and harvest bush tucker ingredients so as to empower them, create sustainable income streams and connect with culture.
Dale also stocks a range of native produce from Indigenous growers across the country in her Sunshine Coast and online stores and proudly says that there has been a noticeable influx of Indigenous people growing bush foods.
Alongside all these, Dale has her own range of native food products, including nut oils, syrups, and her incredible range of pasta — a special shout out to her saffron and lemon myrtle tagliatelle and pepper berry fettuccine!
To view and purchase Dale’s extensive range of products and to learn more about My Dilly Bag workshops and events, visit mydillybag.com.au
Forest Glen, QLD