Classes and events

The annual food writer’s festival is the highlight of our year and the main event that we put on, sure. But every now and then we put together special foodish, bookish, talkish events that we’d love you to hear about. If it’s something super special (well, aren’t they all?), we’ll send a newsletter. We’ll also post on Instagram and Facebook. So, if you want to make sure to keep up with what we’re up to, make sure to sign up.

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Calendar

  • Wed
    15
    Jan
    2014
    7pm-8pmMuseum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney

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    In this talk chef Anna Wong, from renowned NSW regional restaurant Neila in Cowra, chats about her Chinese heritage, its influence on her cooking as well as what it was like to grow up surrounded by market gardens. Hosted by food writer Barbara Sweeney.

    Part of the My Food History talk series, the Museum of Sydney has invited some of Australia’s best loved chefs to explore the history of their families’ cookbooks. They’ll share some of the recipes that have been passed down through generations, and discuss how their ancestry inspires what and how they cook today. This series promises to be a truly personal look at the history of Australian cuisine.

    Arrive from 6pm to view the exhibition, Eat Your History – a shared table

    The event is hosted by Barbara Sweeney. Barbara writes about food for the Sydney Morning Herald and is regional editor of the Sydney Morning Herald’s good food guide. She is also a columnist and feature writer for Country Style magazine, where she writes about encounters with curious piglets, beekeepers and pineapple growers.

    In a lifetime of working in hospitality, Barbara has owned a small country cafe, worked in a 200-year-old Italian palazzo, and presented food segments on radio and television. She has reveled in all the experiences that have come her way: sipping on vintage wines, meeting top chefs, stamping through fields with farmers and, most of all, sitting down to dinner.

    TICKETS $20/$15

  • Sun
    02
    Feb
    2014
    10am-4pmVaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
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    Unleash your inner food lover: a course for the hungry and greedy 
     
    Tutors Barbara Sweeney and food photographer Anthea Williamson
     
    Presented by Real Food Projects and Sydney Living Museums
     
    Good food writing is about observing the details, creating a sense of place and telling the story. The best food writing engages the reader and keeps them enthralled to the very last lick.
     
    In this workshop, you'll up the stakes of your writing, learn how to find the story, avoid food clichés and ID different types and styles of food writing. You’ll participate in a sensory taste experience, have the opportunity to practice interview techniques, eat lots of delicious food and spend the day with fellow food and writing enthusiasts.
     
  • Wed
    05
    Feb
    2014
    7pm-8pmMuseum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney

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    In this talk Martin chats about his childhood memories of food, Gretta Anna, and the recipes that have influenced his career. Hosted by food writer Barbara Sweeney.

    Part of the My Food History talk series, the Museum of Sydney has invited some of Australia’s best loved chefs to explore the history of their families’ cookbooks. They’ll share some of the recipes that have been passed down through generations, and discuss how their ancestry inspires what and how they cook today. This series promises to be a truly personal look at the history of Australian cuisine.

    Arrive from 6pm to view the exhibition, Eat Your History – a shared table

    The event is hosted by Barbara Sweeney. Barbara writes about food for the Sydney Morning Herald and is regional editor of the Sydney Morning Herald’s good food guide. She is also a columnist and feature writer for Country Style magazine, where she writes about encounters with curious piglets, beekeepers and pineapple growers.

    In a lifetime of working in hospitality, Barbara has owned a small country cafe, worked in a 200-year-old Italian palazzo, and presented food segments on radio and television. She has reveled in all the experiences that have come her way: sipping on vintage wines, meeting top chefs, stamping through fields with farmers and, most of all, sitting down to dinner.

    TICKETS $20/$15

  • Wed
    05
    Mar
    2014
    7pm-8pmMuseum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney

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    Alessandro Pavoni discusses his Brescian heritage, his career, and some of the family recipes he can’t live without in this final talk of the My Food History series hosted by Barbara Sweeney.

    Part of the My Food History talk series, the Museum of Sydney has invited some of Australia’s best loved chefs to explore the history of their families’ cookbooks. They’ll share some of the recipes that have been passed down through generations, and discuss how their ancestry inspires what and how they cook today. This series promises to be a truly personal look at the history of Australian cuisine.

    Arrive from 6pm to view the exhibition, Eat Your History – a shared table

    Barbara Sweeney writes about food for the Sydney Morning Herald and is regional editor of the Sydney Morning Herald’s good food guide. She is also a columnist and feature writer for Country Style magazine, where she writes about encounters with curious piglets, beekeepers and pineapple growers.

    In a lifetime of working in hospitality, Barbara has owned a small country cafe, worked in a 200-year-old Italian palazzo, and presented food segments on radio and television. She has reveled in all the experiences that have come her way: sipping on vintage wines, meeting top chefs, stamping through fields with farmers and, most of all, sitting down to dinner.

    TICKETS $20/$15

  • Sat
    08
    Mar
    2014
    Sun
    09
    Mar
    2014
    10am-4pmNorth Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney

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    If you yearn to write food stories for magazines, newspapers or online, compile a cookbook, raise the stakes on your blog, or write a fictional food scene then this workshop is for you. Learn how to find the story, avoid food clichés and the craft of food writing. Explore different types and styles of food writing, food issues and the food writing industry. You’ll participate in a sensory taste experience, have the opportunity to conduct an interview and carve out a meaty chunk of writing time. Leave excited and inspired about your own food writing potential. The workshop is presented by Barbara Sweeney.

    FEE $440
     
     
  • Sun
    06
    Apr
    2014
    12:30 pmOld Convent, 307 Convent Lane (via Amaroo Road), Borenore (near Orange)

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    Celebrate all things fabulous about autumn and Burgundy at this winemaker's lunch in the beautiful old church in the rural setting of Borenore. Your hosts are food writer Barbara Sweeney and Charlie Svenson of De Salis Wines. Charlie will be showing his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is an Orange FOOD Week event.

    “If an attempt were made to sum up the dominant characteristics of Burgundian cooking in a single word, perhaps the word might be ‘substantial’. Burgundy provides good, solid food. But it is at the same time not simply hearty nourishment. It is much more than that. To the sound basis of its rib-sticking ingredients, Burgundy adds the art always developed in the preparation of food in a county of rich and sophisticated background.

    “The most refined Burgundian cooking never gets far from the soil in which it is rooted. This is the cuisine bourgeoise at its best, or peasant cooking elevated to its greatest possible heights." –The Food of France, Waverley Root

    WHEN 12.30pm, Sunday April 6 and Sunday April 13, 2014
    TICKETS $55 for three-course meal; wine costs additional
    ENQUIRIES 6365 2420

    ABOUT 
    The wine maker
    Charlie Svenson, De Salis – www.desaliswines.com.au
    The host (and cook)
    Barbara Sweeney - www.barbarasweeney.com.au
    The venue
    Old Convent – www.oldconvent.com.au
    The program
    Orange FOOD Week – www.orangefoodweek.com.au

     

  • Thu
    10
    Apr
    2014
    10am-1pmThe Old Convent, 307 Convent Lane (via Amaroo Road), Borenore (near Orange)

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    Join popular cookbook author Belinda Jeffery in what promises to be a stimulating and provocative conversation about food, cooking and cookbooks. Belinda will be chatting with food writer Barbara Sweeney about her life as a cookbook author and food writer. Topics will range from the art of recipe writing, coming up with new ideas, how a cookbook comes together and photography and styling. To be followed by a three-course lunch menu of Belinda's favourite recipes.

    There are a number of ways to compliment cookbook authors: food-smeared pages for one and more than one of their books on your bookshelf. But, the greatest compliment has to be the pleasure of finding that a recipe’s worked – and worked well. All around the country, cooks pay these compliments and more to author Belinda Jeffery. She has a wonderful knack of creating recipes for food that you genuinely want to eat and a warm, distinctive writing style that is concise and comprehensive and, most importantly, results in a recipe that works. This award-winning author has worked as a cook, TV food presenter, freelance writer, restaurant reviewer and cooking teacher. Belinda’s books include Belinda Jeffery’s 100 Favourite Recipes; Belinda Jeffery’s Tried-and-True Recipes; Mix & Bake; The Country Cook Book; and Desserts.

    TICKETS $150 (includes morning tea, three-course lunch and a complimentary glass of Orange wine)

  • Fri
    11
    Apr
    2014
    10am-1pmThe Old Convent, 307 Convent Lane (via Amaroo Road), Borenore (near Orange)

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    Popular cookbook author Belinda Jeffery, is renowned for writing recipes that work. In this class, Belinda will demonstrate a number of her favourite dishes and talk about her life in food, cooking and the art of writing recipes. To be followed by a three-course lunch of Belinda's favourite recipes.

    There are a number of ways to compliment cookbook authors: food-smeared pages for one and more than one of their books on your bookshelf. But, the greatest compliment has to be the pleasure of finding that a recipe’s worked – and worked well. All around the country, cooks pay these compliments and more to author Belinda Jeffery. She has a wonderful knack of creating recipes for food that you genuinely want to eat and a warm, distinctive writing style that is concise and comprehensive and, most importantly, results in a recipe that works. This award-winning author has worked as a cook, TV food presenter, freelance writer, restaurant reviewer and cooking teacher. Belinda’s books include Belinda Jeffery’s 100 Favourite Recipes; Belinda Jeffery’s Tried-and-True Recipes; Mix & Bake; The Country Cook Book; and Desserts.

    TICKETS $150 (includes morning tea, three-course lunch and a complimentary glass of Orange wine, class notes and recipes)

  • Sun
    13
    Apr
    2014
    12:30 pmOld Convent, 307 Convent Lane (via Amaroo Road), Borenore (near Orange)

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    Celebrate all things fabulous about autumn and Burgundy at this winemaker's lunch in the beautiful old church in the rural setting of Borenore. Your hosts are food writer Barbara Sweeney and Charlie Svenson of De Salis Wines. Charlie will be showing his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is an Orange FOOD Week event.

    “If an attempt were made to sum up the dominant characteristics of Burgundian cooking in a single word, perhaps the word might be ‘substantial’. Burgundy provides good, solid food. But it is at the same time not simply hearty nourishment. It is much more than that. To the sound basis of its rib-sticking ingredients, Burgundy adds the art always developed in the preparation of food in a county of rich and sophisticated background.

    “The most refined Burgundian cooking never gets far from the soil in which it is rooted. This is the cuisine bourgeoise at its best, or peasant cooking elevated to its greatest possible heights." –The Food of France, Waverley Root

    WHEN 12.30pm, Sunday April 6 and Sunday April 13, 2014
    TICKETS $55 for three-course meal; wine costs additional
    ENQUIRIES 6365 2420

    ABOUT 
    The wine maker
    Charlie Svenson, De Salis – www.desaliswines.com.au
    The host (and cook)
    Barbara Sweeney – www.barbarasweeney.com.au 
    The venue
    Old Convent – www.oldconvent.com.au
    The program
    Orange FOOD Week – www.orangefoodweek.com.au

     

  • Sat
    06
    Sep
    2014
    8:00 amEveleigh Farmers' Market

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    Barbara will be at Eveleigh Farmers' Market this morning chatting about food, cooking, seasonal food and – anything really – to do with food. The Talking Cookbook stand is located near the flower seller that marks the point where the market stalls go from fresh produce to made items (Yes, it's near Sweetness the Patisserie, which can be a distraction, and if you've gone past Farmer Jo's muesli you've gone too far.) Come and say hello.

     

  • Sat
    13
    Sep
    2014
    8:00 amEveleigh Farmers' Market

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    Barbara will be at Eveleigh Farmers' Market this morning chatting about food, cooking, seasonal food and – anything really – to do with food. The Talking Cookbook stand is located near the flower seller that marks the point where the market stalls go from fresh produce to made items (Yes, it's near Sweetness the Patisserie, which can be a distraction, and if you've gone past Farmer Jo's muesli you've gone too far.) Come and say hello.

     

  • Sat
    20
    Sep
    2014
    10:00 amThe Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

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  • Sun
    28
    Sep
    2014
    1:00 pmMuseum of Sydney

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    Barbara will join the irrepressible Anna Wong, acclaimed chef, farmer and owner of Neila in Cowra, at this special one-off Museum of Sydney event. Part of the wonderful exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, Celestial City: Sydney's Chinese Story, this talk and food demo discusses Anna’s Chinese heritage and the influence it’s had on her cooking philosophy. Find out what it was like growing up in her parent’s suburban Chinese restaurant and Sydney’s market gardens. Includes a food demo and tasting.

  • Sat
    25
    Oct
    2014
    10am to 4pmNorthern Rivers Writers Centre

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    In this one-day workshop you will learn about different food writing styles, including memoir, recipe writing and feature stories. The course, designed around a series of writing tasks, aims to get you started and includes tips on how to keep going and how to write well. It also provides an overview of the in-turmoil publishing industry and where food writing and you may fit. 

    “Excellent workshop – relevant, challenging and valuable techniques that I know I’ll use.

    “Barbara was an engaging, empathetic and insightful teacher. Her shared experiences and advice were invaluable.”

    “I enjoyed the writing exercises and getting carried away in the world that unfolded on the page.” 

    –attendees of Barbara's food writing workshop, Northern River's Writers' Centre 2013

    Barbara Sweeney likes food and words in equal measure and has made a career as both cook and writer. Barbara runs the annual food festival in Sydney, Food & Words, teaches food writing classes, and writes for The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food and Good Food Guide, where she is regional editor, and Country Style. In 2012 Barbara started Talking Cookbook, a project to remind us that cooking is a domestic every-day activity common to all and not a competition.

  • Sat
    22
    Nov
    2014
    8:00 amEveleigh Farmers' Market

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    Barbara will be at Eveleigh Farmers' Market this morning chatting about food, cooking, seasonal food and – anything really – to do with food. It's a free market service to answer your questions about ingredients you buy at the market, from kohlrabi to kale and goat to garlic, and how to cook with or prepare them. Talking Cookbook is located near the loo, at the point where the market stalls go from fresh produce to made items (Yes, we're near Sweetness the Patisserie, which can be a distraction and, if you've gone past Farmer Jo's muesli, you've gone too far.) Come and say hello. The market hours are 8am–1pm and the address is Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Redfern.  

  • Sat
    13
    Dec
    2014
    8:00 amEveleigh Farmers' Market

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    Barbara will be at Eveleigh Farmers' Market this morning chatting about food, cooking, seasonal food and – anything really – to do with food. It's a free market service to answer your questions about ingredients you buy at the market, from kohlrabi to kale and goat to garlic, and how to cook with or prepare them. Talking Cookbook is located near the loo, at the point where the market stalls go from fresh produce to made items (Yes, we're near Sweetness the Patisserie, which can be a distraction and, if you've gone past Farmer Jo's muesli, you've gone too far.) Come and say hello. The market hours are 8am–1pm and the address is Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Redfern.  

     

  • Thu
    18
    Dec
    2014
    4pm-8pmHyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney

     

     

     

     

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    Talking Cookbook will be at this gorgeous twilight market, dispensing cooking tips for Christmas cooking and eating. Come and say hello.