This is your first visit to the Noosa Food & Wine Festival – what are you looking forward to?
Oh my goodness, I’m beyond excited! The combination of hugely talented chefs (many who tirelessly support OzHarvest), an array of delicious and nourishing food, all wrapped up in a blanket of sustainability – it’s my idea of heaven!
What was your inspiration for starting OzHarvest?
Working in the event industry for 20 years, I saw mountains of good food going to waste every day, whilst so many were still hungry – I knew there had to be a better way. I was also looking for purpose in my life and a visit to see an old friend in South Africa who was doing amazing work with underprivileged communities reinforced what I knew I had to do. I never set out to start a charity, I just saw a problem and decided to fix it. As soon as I started OzHarvest, I knew I had found my destiny and life’s work.
What would be the one thing you would really love for more people to be doing to reduce food waste?
The annual bill for food waste in Australia is $20 billion and over half of this comes from our homes. The power truly lies with us as citizens of the world to make simple changes with how we look, buy, store and cook food. If I had to narrow it down to one thing, I would say only buy what you need (and make sure you eat what you have before buying more!) – that’s technically two things, but it would make the world of difference if everyone did it!
I also believe if you truly value food, you are less likely to throw it away.
How can events such as the Noosa Food & Wine Festival put a spotlight on sustainable practices and reducing food waste?
To bring about change, we have to raise awareness of the issue and educate people about what they can do. Events like the Noosa Food & Wine Festival do just that and create a ripple effect of passionate people inspired to make a difference for the future of our planet.