Twilight Hub Markets
4:00pm 4:00pm

Twilight Hub Markets

The Food Connect Foundation proudly invites the Brisbane community to buy really local at a series of Twilight Hub Markets this year.

Featuring featuring our incredible food makers operating out of our Community Kitchen as well as other local and talented sellers, with food, gifts and music, the first Twilight Hub Market will be held on the evening of Thursday, 2 November, to give shoppers an ethical alternative to their normal Thursday night Christmas shopping.   

Over 20 local businesses will demonstrate radical transparency in their labelling and sourcing policies when offering visitors beautiful Christmas gifts at Food Connect’s warehouse in Salisbury.

Many of these businesses make and grow the products they sell in South East Queensland, keeping local farmers and makers in business and local people in jobs.  It makes good economic sense too.

“By investing your spending dollars with locally-owned businesses, you create four times the economic impact within that local community,” says Chair of the Food Connect Foundation, Robert Pekin.  “You hear many people say they support local, but at our Christmas Markets you’ll find out the real difference between what is advertised as local, and what the real alternative looks like. We’re asking shoppers to bring their questions about the origin of products and how they’re made.”

"The beauty of really buying locally," he said, "is that you are contributing to the health and viability of your local community. That means local jobs, local investment, local relationships, and long term resilience."

Farmers, artisan makers and shoppers are encouraged to use the hashtags #buyreallylocalthischristmas, #madebyourlocalartisan and #grownbyourfarmers to help promote their products on social media.

If you'd like to be stall holder, please email

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Tastes Like Sunshine Farm Tour

Tastes Like Sunshine Farm Tour

Museum of Brisbane have partnered with Food Connect to offer these tours. Food Connect work to connect a community that values a fair, healthy and flourishing food culture, where food and the work of those who grow, produce, process, transport and distribute it are recognised and rewarded fairly. At Food Connect, local actually means local: their fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and bakery items travel no more than 400 kilometres before getting to your door, and they guarantee superior quality, freshness and a reduced impact on the environment.

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Nicky Bomba in the Warehouse
7:00pm 7:00pm

Nicky Bomba in the Warehouse

“The incredible NIcky Bomba is coming to my place to play an exclusive show! Tickets are limited so get in quick!”

Nicky Bomba has been a driving force in the Australian music industry for over 20 years. His catalogue of excellent productions keeps him in high demand both in the studio and on the live scene. Constantly in a state of creation Nicky is involved in many projects including writing and performing with his bands Bomba, the newer and ARIA nominated Bustamento and the multiple Award winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Apart from the award winning with his own bands, he has also written and performed as the drummer on 3 successful John Butler Trio albums.

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Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
6:30pm 6:30pm

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Join us for the premier Australian screening of the Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a cinematic portrait of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry.



COST: $19.50, Including Booking Fee


LOOK AND SEE is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry.

The first documentary about Berry, undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers, LOOK AND SEE was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky – where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960’s.

Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. LOOK AND SEE subverts biopic conventions and immerses audiences into Berry’s world, providing a space to talk about the land and those who live on it.

It’s a conversation that is more urgent than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided world where so many of us are disconnected from the farmers who feed us.

This event is brought to you by the Food Connect Foundation and the Friends of Food Connect.

The Friends of Food Connect share a love of quality, real, local food, are all long term supporters of Food Connect and share the values of Equity, Reciprocity, Integrity and Connection, especially within the food system. Events are organised to share ideas, educate and entertain while spreading the word about a fairer food system.

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New Economies Network Conference Dinner
6:00am 6:00am

New Economies Network Conference Dinner

On Saturday night 2nd September, the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) is co-hosting a site visit and CONFERENCE DINNER at Food Connect, which will include the Brisbane launch of the Organic and Regenerative Investment Cooperative (ORIcoop) and some fantastic art works by the Earth Arts Collective (including a projection of videos/photos and slam poetry). This is a side event connected to the New Economy Conference being held at Southbank from 1-3 September, 2017 - but everyone's welcome to attend the dinner, whether you're able to join us at the conference or not!

This fabulous event will include a tour of the Food Connect food hub and an overview of the consumer-led food movement; a delicious multi-course meal and arts showcase. The cost is $70 per person - and this includes charter bus transport from Southbank to the Food Connect venue and back to Southbank later that evening.

REGISTRATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL as places are limited, so please visit to secure your ticket! 

5.30pm - charter bus picks up delegates from QCA Lecture Theatre (conference venue) or make your own way to Food Connect
6.00pm - site visit and short presentation by Rob Pekin
6.30pm - Bar Open for pre-dinner mingle
7.00pm - a fabulous Food Connect Dinner and Brisbane launch of the Organic and Regenerative Investment Cooperative (ORICoop)
7.30pm - Art and the New Economy: work from the Earth Arts Collective: projection of video and photographic art work + slam poetry
9pm - charter bus takes participants back to South Bank or party on.

For more information about the Conference or the Side Events, please visit:

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Indigenous Cultural Food Exchange

The Jerry Cans, from Nunavut Arctic Canada, will be touring Australia from 3 March beginning in WA and reaching Queensland on 22 March. Along the way they will play at some of Australia's premier music festivals. 

As proponents of Indigenous cultural exchange and with First Nations Inuit people in their band, The Jerry Cans are always keen to meet local Aboriginal people and discuss their cultural similarities and differences.

To welcome them to the Sunshine State, an Indigenous cultural food exchange will be a highlight of the Queensland leg of their tour. The event will take place at Food Connect,Brisbane’s sustainable and ethical food hub, who have partnered with First Food Co, providores of specialty native Australian ingredients.

First Food Co are hosting the event to bring together Australian Indigenous Elders and the Inuit band members from Arctic Canada who will partake in an Indigenous cultural food exchange while invited guests taste the incredible dishes using First Food Co’s carefully sourced native ingredients, while listening to a few high-energy tunes from the band.

The fast rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans, create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut, close to the Arctic. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve.

Andrew Morrison, lead singer of The Jerry Cans, says that the group’s main focus is tointroduce the world to the lifestyle of their indigenous community in Arctic Canada via music and culture.

The Food Connect Foundation’s vision is a world where all Australians can access healthy, local, ecologically-grown food that is fair to growers, eaters and the planet.

First Food Co is a specialist providore led by Aunty Dale Chapman, and sources native Australian ingredients from Aboriginal communities who wild-harvest or farm a variety of ingredients. They value add by manufacturing a range of relish, salsa, dukkah, popcorn, confectionery, tea and soap. The team regularly appears at food festivals and other public events.

The invitation-only event will be held between 11am and 1.30pm at the Food Connect Homestead in Salisbury, on Thursday, 23 March 2017.

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Fair Food Chefs with special guest, Bruce Pascoe
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fair Food Chefs with special guest, Bruce Pascoe

For Brisbane chefs, hospitality practitioners and supporters building fair relationships with local farmers, producers and distributors.

A casual drinks event brings Brisbane chefs and fair food supporters together in a yarning circle.  Bruce Pascoe from the Bunurong clan of the Kulin nation is a teacher, farmer, fisherman, and author of award winning book, Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? 

In his book, Pascoe appeals to Australia's culinary experts to embrace indigenous foods and agricultural practices in order to sustain a resilient food system.

Come along to hear Pascoe elaborate on adoptable culinary practices. Indigenous chef and lecturer, Dale Chapman, will join Pascoe in discussing the social, cultural and environmental benefits of collaborating with indigenous Australians in a bid to expand the Australian cuisine.

Where: Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane

When: 6pm, Monday, 5 December, 2016

Tickets: Only $10.00, Buy Now

Organised by Paula Hardie and the Food Connect Foundation
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Cooking and eating in full consciousness, Fair Food Chefs acknowledge their influence on the food system, are empowered to redirect their practice, and cultivate a sense of place by letting local, seasonal and fair foods drive their menus.

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Community Food Hubs Dinner and Discussion
6:00pm 6:00pm

Community Food Hubs Dinner and Discussion

Join us at the
Food Connect Homestead

The Food Connect Foundation in partnership with the Business Council of Co-operatives & Mutuals and Redland City Council, with support from the Australian Food Hubs Network and Sustain, is hosting Brisbane's first Inaugural Community Food Hubs* event.

This event is also proudly supported by the
Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund and Moorooka Ward Councillor.

The dinner event includes a delicious three course meal sourced from Food Connect farmers and local food and beverage makers, and catered by Gemma and the team at Espresso Train Caterers.  While enjoying the atmosphere of the Food Connect packing shed, you will hear from international speakers Anthony Flaccavento and Kathryn Scharf, and participate in a Q&A session afterwards.

WHEN:     6pm for 6.30pm Thursday, 11 August, 2016.
WHERE:   Food Connect Homestead,
                 Commerce Street, Salisbury.
COST:       $65 per head


  • Explore innovative ways to create greater value for local producers and entrepreneurs, revitalise rural and regional communities, and enhance affordable access to healthy food for all.

  • Learn first hand experiences of best practice Community Food Hub models from Canada, the USA and Australia.

  • Network with local practitioners, producers, academics, policy ­makers, investors, professionals and grassroots activists from across the food system.

  • Seek to understand the establishment pathways for community food hubs, with a focus on proof of concept planning, plus resource, infrastructure and financing requirements.


  • Members of co-operatives, bulk buying groups, social entrepreneurs;

  • Producers and value-adders, who see themselves as suppliers of community food hubs;

  • Government planners and policy makers who can see the potential for this sector to meet economic development, health and well-being and environmental objectives;

  • Trainers, educators and researchers who want to support food hub operators and their suppliers to build their skills and capacities; and

  • Philanthropists and impact investors who realise the transformative power of financial resources put to a high social and environmental purpose.     


6.00pm - Registration, canapes

6.30pm - Welcome
Robert Pekin, Food Connect Foundation
Richard Warner, Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative

Richard Warner is the coordinator of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative (NCEC), a workers co-op established around the employment needs of members with a disability. NCEC manages two businesses: 'Espresso Train Cafe' and 'NCEC parks and Maintenance' who maintain a number of Brisbane's small parks. 

NCEC were awarded the best small social enterprise in Australia in 2015 and were finalists in 2013 and 2014.   Richard has a background in community development and working alongside people with a disability & is current secretary of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) the first peak body for Social Enterprise in Australia. 

7.00pm - Keynote Presentation
Community Food Centres in Canada: Systemic Change through Food Policy and Action
Kathryn Scharf, Community Food Centres, Canada

7.45pm - Keynote Presentation
Food Hubs in the US: Lessons, Enablers, Opportunities
- Anthony Flaccavento, SCALE

8.30pm - Q&A with Speakers

Kathryn Scharf, CEO, Community Food Centres, Canada

Kathryn worked for six years as Program Director at the Stop Community Food Centre where she helped to develop the Community Food Centre program model and the strategy to take the model to a national scale. She has worked for 17 years in the community food security sector in Toronto on everything from grassroots work in community food programs and alternative food distribution systems to program development, communications and initiatives aimed at changing systems through food policy and action. She is the co­author, with Nick Saul and Charles Levkoe, of the Metcalf Solutions Paper, In Every Community a Place for Food: The Role of the Community Food Centre in building a Local, Sustainable and Just Food System.

Anthony Flaccavento, President,
SCALE (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies)

Anthony is an organic farmer near Abingdon, Virginia, in the heart of Central Appalachia. He has been working on community environmental and economic development in the region for the past 27 years. In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, which became a regional and national leader in sustainable economic development. Anthony left ASD in December, 2009 to found SCALE, Inc, a private consulting business dedicated to catalysing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems.

SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico the Arkansas Delta and other communities. Anthony speaks and writes about sustainable development, economics, food systems and rural development issues extensively, with some of his pieces appearing in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Solutions Journal and elsewhere.

*What is a Food Hub?
A centrally located facility used for the aggregation, storage, processing, marketing and distribution of regionally produced food products.

More about our Sponsors

Business Council for Co-Operatives and Mutuals

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is the national peak body representing the co-operative and mutual models of enterprise. It is the only organisation uniting the entire and diverse range of member owned businesses.

Formed in 2013, the BCCM is a powerful and informed voice in the business community. Led by the chief executives of Australia’s co-operative and mutual businesses, the BCCM brings together the sector of businesses owned by members or formed to benefit members, with the common objective of increasing awareness of these models of enterprise.

With an estimated 1700 co-operative and mutual businesses operating nationally representing a total of 14.8 million memberships, the BCCM through its members, highlights the contribution co-operatives and mutuals make to the national economy and social development in Australia. Australia has a rich heritage of co-operatives and mutuals and the BCCM aims to invigorate the sector for a greater balance and diversity in the forms of business ownership in the economy.

Redland City Council

Redland City Council is the local government authority for the Redlands, which includes the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, North Stradbroke Island and the mainland from Redland Bay in the south, to Capalaba in the west and Thorneside to the north.

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Tinpan Orange in da wareHOUSE
to May 14

Tinpan Orange in da wareHOUSE

Seasoned folk darlings Tinpan Orange have today announced their fifth studio album, Love Is A Dog, alongside its breathtaking first single, Rich Man. The virtuosic trio are hitting the road to play Parlour gigs on their upcoming tour. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the band in such an intimate setting.

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Fair Food Week
to Aug 25

Fair Food Week

Whether you're a grower, a gardener, a cook or a foodie, Fair Food Week hits Brisbane this August and there is plenty happening!

Actively showcasing the treasures that our city has to offer  and exploring the current food system challenges through  conversations, workshops, films and tastings, this festival is the first of its kind in Australia. Fair Food Week is a national celebration of food that is fair to growers, producers, consumers and the environment. 

Check out the calendar of events here.

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