Another successful Food for Thought Festival took place in WA over the weekend of the 5th-7th October 2018.
The purpose of the Food for Thought Festival is to:
- Promote regenerative, healthy and fair food systems, through pleasurable education and convivial community events
- Enhance community and farming knowledge in the region by featuring leading scientists, practitioners and experts in regenerative agriculture, soil and human health and sustainable food systems to regional West Australia
- Celebrate the local food economy of regional West Australia and connect with our urban cousins
- Showcase and explore West Australian food culture - the people, products and their possibilities for a sustainable food future
- Develop, strengthen and support fair food networks in the State
- 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
- the benefits of biologically grown food for public health and nutrition
The jam packed 3 days included a number of key event highlights including forums on regenerative agriculture, long table dinners "Celebrating the Region's Food System Innovators” as well as a community celebration on the Sunday with over 2,000 in attendance. This event gave the wider community the opportunity to meet and network with local producers, farmers, businesses and community groups, all working together to achieve sustainable community food outcomes for Western Australia.
A range of ‘Thoughtful Food Spring Events’ ran over October 3rd - 8th, further activating the Western Australian landscape towards healthy, sustainable food futures. Events ranged from film screenings on edible paradises, public discussions on healthy and affordable food, neighbourhood produce swaps and shares and a lunch and listen session exploring ways to invest in regenerative agriculture.
A wonderfully full schedule of events that offered lots of food for thought!
A special call out to Evelyn Lee Collin, the Festival Director, who coordinated a seamless event and created a space for new dialogues about our food system to emerge, joined by a great team of volunteers.