Why should one eat with one’s hands? The tastiest way to eat that you’ve probably never tried.“Eating with your hands is one of the most...

Handfed: A Hands-on Sunday Brunch


Museum of Contemporary Art Sculpture Terrace & Cafe
2000 NSW

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Two hands reaching for food

Event Details

Why should one eat with one’s hands? The tastiest way to eat that you’ve probably never tried.

“Eating with your hands is one of the most intimate relationships you will have with your food” – Jiva Parthipan

As part of its exciting new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, the MCA invites you to participate in a mouth-watering, three-course South Indian vegetarian breakfast that will fire up your taste buds as much as your brain cells.

Join our communal table on the MCA Cafe rooftop terrace for a one-of-a-kind cultural journey as we explore the sensual, intimate and cultural relationships between our hands and our food. Mixing different dishes with your fingers makes each mouthful a unique culinary experience, courtesy of Fresh Catering.

Today, the Western world is more accepting of eating different kinds of food with our hands – such as burgers, chips and pizza. The use of cutlery has reduced dramatically and chopsticks have gained popularity. However, why is it still rare to see people eating curries, dosas, and other foods with their hands in public spaces? Come to find out more during this performance-breakfast experience and take part in a handfed revolution!

Handfed, a Hands-on Sunday Brunch includes a three-course meal South Indian vegetarian menu, hot drink on arrival, live performances by artists Radha La Bia and Rakini Devi.

For any dietary restrictions, please contact us prior to booking your ticket.

Handfed – Curated and concept by Jiva Parthipan
Presented as part of Conservation Starters: A new program of art and ideas

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
  • Sensory friendly - Relaxed performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for children on the autism spectrum or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities, along with their friends, carers and families.