Of Sultans and Spice: How Ternate is leading a food revolution.

MISS 1 - February 24, 2023

Speakers - Michelle Prasad and Kris Syamsudin

In the first MISS of 2023, we welcome Michelle Prasad and Kris Syamsudin discuss how the island and city of Ternate is leading a food revolution.

Ternate is part of an archipelago off the coast of Indonesia called the Maluku Islands - better known as 'The Spice Islands' for the simple reason that until the 17th century this was the only known source of nutmeg, mace and cloves in the world. The West craved these exotic flavours, but the Arab and Asian traders kept that source of the prized plants and powders a closely guarded secret.

Hear from Michelle Prasad, Research and Project Officer working in the Indigenous sector, and Kris Syamsudin, recipient of an Australia Awards Fellowship and the founder of the community-based tourism project Cengkeh Afo and Gamalama Spices in Ternate.

Watch below, as the panel discuss the Spice Islands, the incredible food culture in Ternate, and their best-selling book 'The Heart of The Spice Forest'.