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

  • Sat
    23
    Jan
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    Feb
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    27
    Feb
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    05
    Mar
    2016
    9:30 amNorth Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney

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    I'm going to be part of this terrific day at North Sydney Community Centre. Their event blurb reads as follows: The Centre becomes a gathering ground for the curious in a day of talks and conversations with some of Australia’s most creative thinkers, designers, artists, makers and creators. Revealing the personal journeys leading to creative confidence and resilience, the challenges of creative collaborations, exploring generational change, the need to connect, and the importance of social media and digital communities. End the day inspired by our photographers, weavers, instagramers, travellers, foodies, and lovers of the handmade. Not to be missed! Bookings essential. Stay tuned for program details.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    26
    Mar
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    09
    Apr
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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.

     

  • Sun
    17
    Apr
    2016
    9:00 am107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern

    This class is part of the Real Food Projects cook school. Their blurb reads as follows.
    Join one of Australia's leading food writers Barbara Sweeney in a one day intensive food writing class. You'll up the stakes of your writing, learn how to find the story, avoid food clichés and identify 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. Entry level and more experienced writers welcome.

    Class outline: All day class incl. morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
    When: Sunday, 17th April 2016.
    Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern.
    Time: 9-5pm
    What to bring: prior to the class, we'll send some homework and background reading.
    About Barbara: Barbara Sweeney writes about food for The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food, The Good Food Guide and Country Style. She curates Australia's leading Food & Words food writers' festival in Sydney, is a honey judge at the Royal Easter Show and food producer at TEDxSydney.
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  • Sat
    23
    Apr
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    14
    May
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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.

     

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    Ballymaloe House, Cork, Ireland

     

     

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    Barbara Sweeney is proud to be presenting at the Ballymaloe Food & Wine LitFest. She'll be talking about the importance of food writing, why she started the food writers' festival Food & Words in Sydney, and Australian food culture. (Which, on paper, sounds little dull. But it won't be.)

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    09
    Jul
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    23
    Jul
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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.

     

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016
    11:00 amHotel Hotel, NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra

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    Join an entertaining conversation with a chef, academic and food writer as they attempt to unravel, understand and appreciate the elusive nature of the truffle and its sensual appeal.

    The chef: Rodney Dunn, The Agrarian Kitchen and author The Truffle Cookbook

    The academic: Dr Roger Haden, Academic Director, Le Cordon Bleu

    The writer: Barbara Sweeney, Food & Words and Country Style

    Brain fuel for this animated exploration is to be provided by Hotel-Hotel executive chef Sean McConnell.

    Tickets $255 Include lunch and a signed copy of Rodney Dunn’s The Truffle Cookbook (Penguin), $59.99

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016
    6:00 pmThe Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

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    We’re launching The Field Guide to Australian Produce (Thames & Hudson) at the Food & Words opening party launch.

    The Field Guide tells the stories of the people growing and producing the best food in the country, and you know we like that.

    You’ll get to meet the Field Guide’s editor Ewan McEoin, see the book ahead of anyone else – and get it signed. But best of all, you can Speed Meet a Farmer. Some of the very farmers who are listed in this compendium of deliciousness.

    The way it works is this. We’ve invited farming friends to come along and meet you in speedy one-on-one sessions. You get to ask them whatever you like, about soil, sustainability, work hours, recalcitrant pigs and the highs and lows of farming life. No topic off limits. Tasmanian veggie grower Paulette Whitney/Provenance Growers, Blue Mountains NSW heirloom veggie specialist Erika Watson from Epicurean Harvest and Martin Boetz from Cooks Co-op are among the chosen.

    We’re also very, very pleased that the menu is going to feature food direct from many of the farmers listed in the Field Guide and some of our favourites, including gelato from The Pines Kiama dairy in Kiama NSW, where this photograph was taken (by Michael Wee for Country Style).

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016
    10:00 amThe Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

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    TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

    Our annual one-day food writers' festival features people who write about food, talking about it. The program features talks, panel discussions and book chats with more than 10 special guests and a wonderful lunch cooked by a guest chef. To read more, click 'Food & Words' on the main menu. The event is open to a general audience; anyone who's interested in food, reading and writing.

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    10:00 amElizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill
    Taste your history at the unique artisan food market, Spring Harvest, at Elizabeth Farm. You are invited to discover the food and stories of the colonial dining table – pickles, preserves, honey, coffee, tea, smoked goods, heirloom produce and more at this wonderful family-friendly event.
    Elizabeth Farm was built by John and Elizabeth Macarthur in 1793.  They quickly established a productive farm with an abundance of fresh produce, grains and livestock.
     
    Shop from a hand-picked selection of food providers and enjoy the shade of the elm tree while listening to short talks hosted by Barbara Sweeney from Food & Words.
  • Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
    10:00 amBilpin, NSW

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    This event is presented by Food & Words and Country Style magazine

    One of our favourite country cooks, Belinda Jeffery, will give Food & Words subscribers and Country Style readers an exclusive preview of her new cookbook at chef Sean Moran’s Bilpin farm, in NSW’s Blue Mountains.

    To celebrate the release of The Salad Book (Lantern), Belinda and Sean will prepare a shared feast that includes seasonal salads from the book, and succulent wood-fired and spit-roasted meats.

    In addition, guests will be treated to delicious wine matches created by David Lowe of Mudgee’s Lowe Wines, as well as delectable teas from Ovvio Organics and coffee made by The Little Marionette baristas. During the day, Belinda will conduct cooking demonstrations, while Sean takes guests on a tour of his working farm. There’s also an opportunity to visit a neighbouring orchard, and meet Country Style’s editor-in-chief Victoria Carey and contributor Barbara Sweeney who, as the founder of Food & Words, organises food-related events with a literary bent.


    Belinda Jeffery is one of Australia’s most popular cookbook writers. She has worked as a cook, TV presenter, writer, restaurant reviewer and cooking teacher.

    Sean Moran is the leading Sydney chef behind Sean’s Panaroma at Bondi Beach and Tomah Gardens Restaurant at The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mount Tomah.

    PRICE $195 a head (includes three-course feast with vegetarian options; matching wines; organic tea; coffee; cooking demonstration with Belinda Jeffery and farm tour), or $235 a head (includes all of the above, plus a signed copy of The Salad Book).

    PLACE Bilpin in NSW’s Blue Mountains. Address and directions will be emailed to ticket holders 10 days prior to the event.

    INFORMATION 0413 259 535

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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.

     

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    1pm-4.30pmFood I Am, Wagga Wagga

    Chef Ramael Scully has had the great fortune to work alongside Yotam Ottolenghi for more than a decade. Scully, as he likes to be called, was born in 1979 in Malaysia to a mother of Chinese and Indian heritage and a father with Malay and Irish blood. He moved to Sydney at the age of eight, with his mother and sister, where he went to school and then later to catering college.

    After several years cooking in Australia, Scully moved to London and started working at Ottolenghi Upper Street in 2005. He moved to NOPI as head chef, when the restaurant opened in 2011 and is co-author with Yotam of the NOPI cookbook. His open and experimental style of cooking is touched with the little bit of genius that lies behind many of the Ottolenghi and NOPI dishes. Signature dishes by Ramael Scully include courgette and manouri fritters, coriander seed-crusted burrata with slices of blood orange and twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli jam.

    “This guy’s a genius!” — Yotam Ottolenghi

    “If I give Scully a recipe that I’ve written, I know that he’s going to complicate it. He cannot help himself. It’s his nature. We both cook with each other’s flavors now. When people ask what cuisine we do at NOPI, and we just say ‘everything’! But if something is traditional and good as it is, we tend not to mess around with it.” — Yotam Ottolenghi

    PRESS FOR NOPI, THE COOKBOOK

    "Inspirational, inventive and flavour-packed dishes." - The Mayfair Magazine, The Mayfair Magazine

    Some of the recipes are for the bold or more experienced among us but the majority are absolutely doable for even the greatest culinary novice." - Metro, Metro

    "A proper cook's book." - Spectrum, Scotland on Sunday

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    9.30am-11.30amFood I Am, Wagga Wagga

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    As part of the annual Taste Riverina festival, Barbara is headed to Wagga Wagga for a lovely chat about cookbooks over morning tea at the cooking school Food I Am.

    As a food writer in pursuit of tasty stories about farmers, food producers and chefs, Barbara’s tasted oysters moments after harvest, fended off curious piglets, and, as regional editor of the SMH Good Food Guide, sat down to dinner in many of the country’s best restaurants. In her spare time, she reads cookbooks like novels – and that’s what this workshop is all about. Cookbook love.

    If you share the love come along with your favourite cookbooks tucked under your arm for this fun-filled morning tea and talk.

    Topics on the table include great food writing, inspiring cookbooks and the trailblazers – Elizabeth David, Nigella Lawson, Christine Manfield and Yotam Ottolenghi among them.

    In addition to writing, Barbara organises the Food & Words writers’ festival and runs the Talking Cookbook project. She recently spoke about her work at the Ballymaloe Food & Wine Litfest in Ireland.

    Comments from participants about Barbara’s workshops:

    “BARBARA SWEENEY IS EPIC! GREAT SPEAKER, BEAUTIFUL MIND, HER IDEAS NEED TO BE SHARED.”

    “Barbara Sweeney knows her stuff.”

    “BARBARA WAS AN ENGAGING, EMPATHIC AND INSIGHTFUL TEACHER.”

    “Excellent workshop.”

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    9:00 amCarriageworks Farmers' Market, Wilson Street, Darlington

    COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
     
    Ramael Scully cooking demonstrations at Carriageworks Farmers’ Market
     
    DATE Saturday October 29
    VENUE Carriageworks, Wilson Street, Darlington
     
    DEMONSTRATIONS AND RECIPES
    9am
    Burnt spring onion dip with kale
    Tomato with wasabi mascarpone
    10am
    Purple sprouting broccoli with skordalia
    Green salad with sumac, red onion and allspice
    11am
    Celeriac puree with spiced cauliflower
    Whole roast celeriac
     
    FREE EVENT

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

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    Barbara will be at the 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
    26
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

    talking cookbook3_credit kirsten bradley_low

     

    Barbara will be at the 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
    10
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 am245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (near Codrington Street)

    talking cookbook3_credit kirsten bradley_low

     

    Barbara will be at the 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.