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Food Connect street party hits Brisbane

We’ve got our stretchy pants on and we’re ready for the street party of the year. The gang from Food Connect is bringing Brisbane something new and delicious this Friday the 27th of February, kicking their ever-expanding fair food movement up a notch with a ‘Real Food Street Party’ at their homestead venue on Commerce Street in Salisbury to celebrate the 10th birthday for the Queensland based paddock-to-plate pioneers (AKA, lots of food, and it’s good for everyone – joy!). Joel Salatin, Time Magazine’s ‘World Number 1 Farmer’, will be visiting Brisbane to join Food Connect in the celebrations, in a community focused food feast brimming with fresh and locally produced food. The team has been feeding Brisbane high-quality, healthy produce since 2005 and makes no exceptions in quality or honesty when it comes to farm fresh foods. They’ll also be joined by international biodiversity and sustainability advocates, Slow Foods Australia, to show us city folk the importance of the connection between where our food is grown and where it ends up (in our tummies, of course). And if that’s not enough, it’s been confirmed that Matt Golinski and Josh Lopez from GOMA will be joining the party, with a cooking demonstration using one of their famous ‘mystery boxes’. And when you’re done absorbing all that is ethical and good about what Food Connect are achieving, start absorbing some seriously delicious street food chow, with well known and loved vendors like Sprout Artisan Bakery, Cocoa Elf and Buchi Kombucha making an appearance, as well as Stone and Wood brews keeping us hydrated (or liquored up – who are we kidding). Once you’re good and juiced, include yourself in one, or all, of the street activities available, like fruit box relays, food trivia, apple bobbing (what’s funnier than your head in a bucket of water, really?) and a community conversations tent with a line up of stellar guest speakers. Food Connect is all about recognizing and rewarding everyone in the process of growing, farming, distributing and consuming (yes eaters, that’s us!). So join in the festivities (entry by gold coin donation) and enjoy the hard work that organisations like this have put in, so we can fill our stomachs with delicious, healthy food, and our pants with an inevitable post-street-party food baby. Check out the Food Connect website for more event details, or hit up Regenag for tickets to the talk with Joel Salatin. Words by Lucille Burkitt