One of my favourite community events is coming up on Sunday 24 June -- the World Refugee Day Community Festival at Annerley.
Featuring fantastic multicultural food, music, dance, and kids' entertainment, plus an awesome soccer competition, this is one of my family's 'must do' events each year.
We first heard of the festival about four years ago, by word of mouth from a colleague of my husband.
So we trotted along to the Annerley Soccer Club fields, and were blown away by what we found. At the time we had two boys under 6, and couldn't believe our luck -- free rides; free jumpy castles; big, open, green fields; lots of food to buy; and a soccer competition like no other.
Now, if you read my articles regularly, you'll know my older son is a soccer nut. He was ecstatic when he saw all the teams from different ethnic communities in their soccer uniforms, and the standard of play was dynamite.
He was happier still when he saw the inflatable soccer field for kids. He queued up and jumped onto the field with a bunch of other boys he'd never met before. They had a blast, and the memory of our pale 5-year-old playing on a team with six welcoming African teenagers is one that I treasure.
Since we first discovered the festival it's grown like mad, and thousands of people now head along. But it still has the same great spirit, and the same great food, sport and entertainment.
Singers and dancers perform from lots of different communities, and this year the festival is also advertising a multicultural fashion show. Other additions include camel rides, an animal farm, cooking demonstrations, and volleyball tournaments.
The festival is sponsored by the Multicultural Development Association, Football Queensland, and Brisbane City Council.
It's a great way to celebrate our diverse community, and the cultures and contributions of refugees now living in our city. Plus it's a really fun thing to do on a beautiful winter's day in Brisbane.