Festival pro­vokes thought on food

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

The 2017 Food for Thought is on again this week­end in Albany of­fer­ing a range of classes and com­mu­nity events.

Di­rec­tor Eve­lyn Collin said the festival was about cel­e­brat­ing the food sys­tem, the peo­ple and the prod­ucts, and ex­plor­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties for the fu­ture.

“Food for Thought is about think­ing glob­ally and act­ing lo­cally,” she said. “We need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for and own­er­ship of tran­si­tion­ing our food sys­tem to a re­source-smart food sys­tem.

“It’s an ed­u­ca­tional and aware­ness-rais­ing pro­gram wrapped up in a whole lot of fun and cel­e­bra­tion.”

This year there are four main events invit­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence fresh lo­cal pro­duce.

Con­tin­u­ing to­day and to­mor­row, nat­u­ral foods chef and au­thor Jude Blereau is host­ing a Whole­food From the Ground Up mas­ter­class.

A Busi­ness of the Soil Field Day will take place to­day in Arthur River with US farmer and speaker Rick Bieber and 2015 farmer of the year Grant Sims.

A high­light this year is the Fer­vor Long Ta­ble Din­ner, which will cel­e­brate the re­gion’s food and agri­cul­ture in­no­va­tors.

The din­ner will be at Twin Creeks Porongu­rup on Sun­day.

Last is the free com­mu­nity event, the Food for Thought Festival in the Albany Town Square on Sun­day, from 10am-4pm.

Ms Collin said there would be many high­lights this year in­clud­ing Mr Bieber, Ms Blereau, and classes with Fer­vor.

“South Coast NRM will be host­ing a tra­di­tional eco­log­i­cal knowl­edge day for indige­nous el­ders and stu­dents from Mt Barker High school with Fer­vor where stu­dents will be learn­ing con­tem­po­rary uses for indige­nous bush food,” she said.

“Real Aus­tralian cui­sine — that will be a great event.”

Ms Collin said she en­cour­aged peo­ple to come along to the events to show sup­port for the re­gion’s pro­duc­ers.

“Hav­ing these events high­lights all the good things hap­pen­ing in the re­gion, lead­ing to a sus­tain­able healthy planet for ev­ery­one to en­joy into the fu­ture,” she said.

“There will be the best of the Great South­ern food trucks and amaz­ing wine and beer at the festival with live en­ter­tain­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or the pro­gram of events, visit food­for thought­fes­ti­val.com/.

Vince Con­jaerts, Bree Iskov, Stephne Pronk and Paul Iskov make up the Fer­vor team.

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