Those leftovers that you throw out are more than just a waste of money. Feed your green heart with a delicious fattoush salad.

Chef Matt Golinski, a passionate lover of local produce, says it is easy to reuse leftover flat bread in a fattoush (see recipe below) and reduce food waste.

Matt will share his cooking skills in a sustainable cooking demonstration at the Green Heart Fair on Sunday June 3 at 7th Brigade Park, Chermside from 9am-3pm.


Read more about how to get a green heart

  • Green Heart Fair
  • Make a fattoush salad
  • Ways to reduce waste
Strawberry roulade

Green Heart Fair

Brisbane’s largest sustainability fair will welcome over 100 of leading suitability organisations, community groups, green thumbs, conversationalists, businesses and eco experts to share information and knowledge on how to live more sustainability.

You’ll be able to try your hand at making cheese or kimchi from scratch, learn how to compost and keep bees, or watch sustainable cooking demonstrations with chefs and local personalities.


Strawberry roulade dessert

Fattoush Salad

Serves 4


  • 250gm mixed heirloom tomatoes, diced or halved
  • 12 radishes, finely sliced into rounds
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 50gm spinach
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley, picked
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, diced
  • 100gm flat bread or Turkish bread, toasted
  • 2 tsp Sumac
  • 75ml lemon Juice
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


Toss together all of the salad ingredients and sprinkle with the sumac.

Dress with the lemon juice and olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.

Freshly picked strawberries

Have a green heart and reduce waste

Green Heart Fair has implemented several initiatives to reduce waste at the fair.

These include

  • Banning the sale of single use plastic water bottles
  • Hydration stations on site for event attendees to fill their reusable water bottles
  • Free reusable water bottles to those who don’t have one
  • No plastic bags
  • Coffee vendors offering discounts to anyone who brings their own reusable coffee cup
  • Banned plastic straws
  • No balloons
  • Upcycling across the festival site with chairs, tables, signage and props purchased second hand and repurposed for event use.
  • For items that can’t be reused are donated, repurposed to those in need or to the upcycling industry.


Reduce food waste

Some of Brisbane best food trucks will be onsite feeding the hungry crowds. There is something for everyone, from vegetarian to vegan to meaty meals. Food vendors have sourced their products locally where possible and all their serve ware is recyclable or compostable.

  • Some stalls also are
  • Recycling their cooking oil
  • Composting all food waste
  • Not using chemicals or artificial colours and flavours

Find out more about Green Heart Fair.

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