The lawn of the Empire Theatre will come alive on Friday, March 5, with an exciting Meet Street event combining a range of food vans and entertainment.

Held ahead of the Rotary District 9630 Conference, Meet Street is a free event, open to the wider community.

From 6pm there will be food and entertainment, while the Empire will provide access to a bar for those who’d like a tipple.

And the local Yazidi community will also be there, serving up their national dishes through the Rotary Club of Toowoomba’s food van where all money raised from this van’s food sales will be used to purchase laptops and iPads for Yazidi students at Centenary Heights State High School.

For those who are after something a little closer to home, Paddock to Plate will be providing hamburgers, sausages on a stick, and other foods, and there will also be Asian dumplings, ice creams, and gluten free doughnuts on offer.

On the entertainment side of things, there’s the Toowoomba Choral Society Junior Choir African dancers, and Krazy Kevin the Toowoomba Town Crier will keep things humming along as MC.

Rotary District 9630 Conference committee member Bill Mason encouraged people to come down and enjoy the night, while raising money for a good cause.

“It will be a great night, and we’re looking forward to bringing the community together,” Mr Mason said.

This year’s Rotary District 9630 Conference will run from March 5-7.

The theme of the conference is looking back, moving forward – a nod to the fact District 9630 will cease to exist at the end of the financial year, as it merges the district to the north to create one massive Rotary district that goes all the way to the Solomon Islands.

“We’ll be looking back at the history of District 9630 and all the major things we’ve been doing over the years, and then moving forward into this new era of Rotary,” Mr Mason said.

The keynote speaker for the conference on the Saturday will be Resilience NSW head and former New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

The conference will cover the seven areas of focus – peace and conflict prevention, disease prevention and treatment, water, sanitation and hygiene, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, community economic development, and the environment.

For more information about the Meet Street event or the conference, head here.

Originally published as MEET STREET: Night of food vans and entertainment to give back to community