Global Food Village by Janine Walford (Division 7 Candidate)
Paul Khieu is a local business owner and resident of Hillcrest. He operates the Asian Food Market on Croydon Road while organising the Global Food Markets each Sunday.
Paul spent 3 years in the Khao-I-Dang (Thailand) refugee camp after escaping the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, where his son was born, and then migrated to Australia in 1981. His daughter was born after he arrived.
Paul, and a small band of volunteers, began the Ethnic Communities Council of Logan, a not-for-profit organisation, and in 2005 began the Global Food Village Markets at Woodridge, in response to the beginning of Sunday trading. At the time, the area was a melting pot of culture, with residents from Australia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Samoa to name a few. This diversity is still present today.
Over the years, the market has grown from a group of 5 Cambodian and Islander farmers bringing fresh produce to sell on Croydon Road every Sunday, to a vibrant multicultural market with diverse and rare produce, not available in your local supermarket.
The markets bring people from all over Brisbane and the northern Gold Coast to experience the multi-cultural diversity.
The markets have attracted a few television stories including:
- Chef Poh of MasterChef fame, providing a cooking demonstration on Sunday 1 November 2015
- British celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, who filmed “Ainsleys Market Menu” which aired on SBS 24 October 2019
- Channel 7’s “The Great Day Out” also aired on 12 May 2019
Check out their Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/globalfoodmarkets/
by Janine Walford (Division 7 Candidate)