Buy Really Local Christmas Markets
3:00 pm15:00

Buy Really Local Christmas Markets

  • Food Connect

The Food Connect Foundation is proudly hosting a Buy Local Christmas Market, featuring local and talented sellers, along with food, wine and music all in the rustic atmosphere of the Food Connect shed.

WHEN:   Thursday, 24 November 2016
WHERE:  Food Connect, Commerce Street, Salisbury
WHY:      Support local businesses, creatives and artisans and build your local community's economic resilience.
COST:      FREE to the public, $25 for Stall Holders

To apply for a stall, please fill in the form below.

This Christmas, the Food Connect Foundation urges the Brisbane community to really buy local at their Christmas Market this year.

Featuring food, wine, talks and workshops, the Christmas Market will be held on the evening of 24 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 southsiders of Brisbane beautiful Christmas gifts at Food Connect’s Salisbury warehouse.

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.


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About Your Products
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What is the main category of goods you'll be selling *
What is the secondary category of goods you'll be selling? *
List and explain the product/s you intend to sell at the Food Connect Buy Local Christmas Market 2016. Include all products, how they are designed and made, who made them (list all parties), how they are packaged, what makes your product unique. If products are not currently listed in your store, please advise when they will be added or why they aren't currently listed.
What is the price range of products you are planning to sell.
About your Brand
The details given below will be used to help promote your store and brand through social media and possible media features in the lead up to the event. The more information you can give, the easier it will be for the team to offer up promotional opportunities.
The details given below will be used to help promote your store and brand through social media and possible media features in the lead up to the event. The more information you can give, the easier it will be for the team to offer up promotional opportunities.
About your Stall
Stall requests are subject to availability. The Food Connect Foundation cannot guarantee that we can accommodate all requests. Stall fees include the your site, all processing fees and promotions. Stall fees do not include GST, any display items, walls, dividers or public liability. *Please note that all tables, racks, chairs, are your responsibility. Food Connect will provide power to your stall site. Please describe how you intend to set up your stall/display your wares in detail. It will be helpful for you to also add links to your description or email through photos to
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Community Food Hubs Dinner and Discussion
6:00 pm18:00

Community Food Hubs Dinner and Discussion

  • Food Connect

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.

Tinpan Orange in da wareHOUSE
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.

Fair Food Week
Aug 25

Fair Food Week

  • Brisbane Queensland

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.