Food in fes­ti­val fo­cus

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Con­sumers and farm­ers will be brought to­gether at the Food for Thought Fes­ti­val this week­end.

The fes­ti­val, now in its fourth year, will run from Oc­to­ber 5-7 and is a cel­e­bra­tion of peo­ple and prod­ucts, at­tempt­ing to ad­dress faults in the food sys­tem.

It in­vites every­one to imag­ine cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able food fu­ture from ex­ist­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties that will be high­lighted by lo­cal and vis­it­ing guest speak­ers at the fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val pro­motes re­gen­er­a­tive, heal­ing and fair food sys­tems, in an en­joy­able, ed­u­ca­tional fes­tive at­mos­phere that fo­cuses on com­mu­nity con­nec­tion.

Food for Thought Fes­ti­val founder and Sus­tain WA event di­rec­tor Eve­lyn Lee said the fes­ti­val would in­form the pub­lic on all ar­eas of our food sys­tem.

“The fes­ti­val aims to in­crease com­mu­nity aware­ness around food se­cu­rity, the im­pact of food sys­tems on in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity health, the im­por­tance of soil health to the health of peo­ple, an­i­mals and ecosys­tems, and the ben­e­fits of bi­o­log­i­cally grown food for pub­lic health and nu­tri­tion,” she said.

This year’s speak­ers will in­clude the au­thor of Call of the Reed War­bler, Dr Charles Massy, Bio In­tegrity grower Dianne Hag­gerty, Healthy Soils Aus­tralia’s Wal­ter Jehne and Phil Lee, and Edith Cowan Uni­ver­sity med­i­cal and health sci­ences Pro­fes­sor Amanda Devine.

Top­ics will be dis­cussed with talks, pre­sen­ta­tions and work­shops and events such as a longtable din­ner, free chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties such as gar­den­ing grubs and cir­cus work­shops, live mu­sic and a range of com­mu­nity stalls.

It starts on Fri­day with a full-day work­shop, Re­gen Ag: The guts gov­ern­ing our food, health and fu­ture, at the White Star Ho­tel and con­tin­ues on Satur­day night with a Fer­vor Aus­tralian pop-up din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Alder­ton’s Farm in Tor­bay.

The Com­mu­nity Fes­ti­val will be held on Sun­day from 10am at the Town Sqaure.

Pic­ture: Jenny Feast Pho­tog­ra­phy

The Food for Thought Fes­ti­val, to be held from Oc­to­ber 5-7, pro­motes re­gen­er­a­tive, heal­ing and fair food sys­tems.

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