In today’s society we are increasingly disconnected from where our food comes from, how it was grown and the farmer who grew it. The Food for Thought Festival, now in it’s fourth year, brings consumers and farmers together and highlights the local food system of the South West.
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 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”.
During the festival the community is encouraged to celebrate what we do have: the people and products, whilst considering attempts to address faults within the existing food system and are invited to imagine creating a sustainable food future from existing possibilities.
The festival aims to enhance knowledge in the region by featuring leading scientists, practitioners and experts in regenerative agriculture, soil and human health and sustainable food systems.
This year’s speakers will include the author of Call of the Reed Warbler, Dr Charles Massy, Bio Integrity Grower Dianne Haggerty, Healthy Soil’s Australia Walter Jehne and Phil Lee, and Edith Cowan University medical and health sciences Professor Amanda Devine. The topics covered will range from the health of farming landscapes to the health and wellbeing of the people who grow and consume the food produced within them.
The dissemination of this knowledge is achieved in a pleasurable way, with talks, presentations and workshops interspersed with events such as a long table dinner, free children’s activities like gardening grubs and circus workshops, live music and a range of community stalls.
The 2018 Food for Thought Festival will run from October 5 to October 7 in and around Albany with the theme: Connection and Creative Solutions. It starts on Friday with a full day workshop, Regen Ag: The guts governing our food, health and future, at the White Star Hotel (Ticketed event). It continues on Saturday night with Fervor Australian Pop Up Dining experience at Alderton’s Farm in Torbay (Ticketed event), and culminates on Sunday with the ‘Food for Thought’ Community Festival! (entry by donation) from 10am till 3pm – an all-star cast of local food and beverage producers, live music, industry speakers, community groups and plenty of free entertainment for the kids.
A range of “Thoughtful Food Spring Events” will run throughout October, activating the WA landscape towards healthy sustainable food futures. The full ‘Thoughtful Food Spring Event’ program will be announced mid September.
For more information, including arranging interviews with guest speakers, contact Evelyn Lee.
0428 373 850