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Event: East Feast 2022 Launch Party-Saturday, January 31

19 Jan

We are ready to launch!

On August 28th, 2014, the city council unanimously approved the first phase of The Festival Beach Food Forest- WHOOT! We will start the pilot on 2/3rd of an acre but ultimately it will grow to a 2-acre fence-free edible Eden on our public park land, where all are welcome to learn about food forestry and experience the beauty of an edible oasis in the heart of Austin.  In celebration of our groundbreaking, we are hosting a KICK OFF BENEFIT PARTY, here’s the details: Festival Beach Food Forest Launch Party Where: YardFarm, 7204 Shelton Road, Austin, TX 78725 Date: January 31st, 2015  Time: 4pm-11pm  This family-friendly event offers fun for all. The Festival Beach Food Forest will also be honored with a generous financial gift from Les Dames D’Escoffier. How exciting is that?!

Pie Walk and other activities

There will be a deliciously decadent Pie Showcase including a Pie Auction and Pie Walk with featured pies from community partners. If you’d like to contribute a Pie and/or your group would like a table at the event please get in touch! Throughout the day and evening there will be community leaders speaking about the benefits of the food forest, fire spinners, a silent auction, plant-inspired activities, dancing and plenty of bonfires. Bring your s’more fixins!

Live Music line up and presentations: 

4:15  Full Moon Harvest

5:00  Honey Punch

5:45  Welcome & Food Forest Presentation

6:00  The Lost Pines

6:40  WireTree

7:15  HipHop Set – DJ MC, Super Smash Bros, DJ Pillow Helmet – 60 min

8:15  Local leader and Food Forest discussion

8:30  Los Texas Wranglers

9:15  Graham Wilkinson

10:10 Food Forest presentation

10:00 Minor Mishap Marching Band

Food and Drink 

Several local growers and farms are pulling together a feast with fresh veggies and other taco fixins’. Dessert from Little Lucy’s from 6-9pm and beverages by Meridian Hive, East Ciders, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Silent Auction 

There will also be a silent auction with donations from local businesses such as Gold’s Gym, Compost Peddlers, Coffee Sock, Growler Domestic, Austin Beer Garden Brewery and more!

Donate now by purchasing a ticket!

To buy EARLY BIRD tickets for a donation of $20 (which includes food, drink and access to the event) go to:

For more information find FBFF online:

Twitter: @eastfeast2022

See you there!

Press: Austin Chronicle: The Way of the “Food Forest” 2/14/2014

11 Nov

The Way of the ‘Food Forest’

Locavores planting seeds for the next phase of urban agriculture
By Anna Toon

Press: Austin Post Article – Austin Bee Trippin’ Hives in Public Parkland 10/11/14

11 Nov

Festival Beach Community Garden Named “Garden of the Month” 2014

4 Feb

FBCG is profiled as the “Garden of the Month” in the February 2014 issue of Habitat Herald, Cultural Places, Natural Spaces published by the Austin Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens and Wildlife Department. Meredith Gray, the Coordinator says “Your garden is famous. Congratulations and please share with all your gardeners.”

Article in Wildlife Austin February 2014 Newsletter_Garden of the Month

The Press: Multicultural Refugee Center and FBCG Featured in Statesman Article

1 May

Multicultural refugees growing food for the soul as well as the table

By Renee Studebaker | Saturday, April 9, 2011, 09:47 AM

On a recent Saturday morning at the Festival Beach Community Garden, the first thing I notice about the small group of refugee gardeners I’ve come to meet is that they really know their way around a hoe. Especially Sylvia Niyiera, a 60-something refugee from Burundi.

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>> Read the full article at

The Press: Garden Featured In Statesman Article 2011

27 Jan

Our garden was photographed this morning for an article in the Austin American-Statesman.

Metis Policano, left, and Harriet Cassell harvest edible flowers at the Festival Beach Community Garden. (Photo credit: Alberto Martínez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

“City Council is considering new rules, outlined at Thursday’s council meeting, that would make it easier for groups of gardeners to start new community gardens and would reduce the water rates and wastewater fees that some established gardens currently pay. And to facilitate community gardens, the city is looking at hiring a conservation program coordinator, with a salary of $81,753 .

The effort is part of a wider city goal to promote access to locally sourced food.”

Read the full article on City may cut water fees for community gardens

Update: City Council passed all three ordinances in support of community gardens and urban agriculture! Our garden was featured in this news story on Austin’s YNN. Watch it here: Urban gardens may get a chance to blossom