An annual event – Now Closed

Food & Words 2013


Peter Gilmore, Quay, talks seeds, seed catalogues and gardening. Dr Robert Edis, soil scientist, talks elite food and soil-plant partnerships. Belinda Jeffery, author, talks about creating recipes.





If you live on a diet of cookbooks, devour food magazines, feed your mind with stories about food and the people who produce it, and think food writers and cookbook authors are the true rock (cake) stars, then this unique one-day program is for you.

Curated by food writer Barbara Sweeney, the day is as diverse as it is lively. More than 12 writers present talks in a food vein through the day.

Food, being as important as words, is a highlight. Delicious refreshments are served at morning and afternoon tea; coffee is by Single Origin Roasters (a brew bar no less) and tea by Ovvio Organics. At lunch, enjoy a picnic on the grass.

You can either bring your own picnic or opt for the picnic prepared by chefs Martin Boetz (Cooks Co-op) and Alex Herbert (Bird Cow Fish) in collaboration with Brad Jones (The Mint Café).

The ticket price includes a gift bag.


The program

Seed of an idea

Bruce Auld on edible weeds

Rohan Anderson on hunting, gathering and supermarkets

Yu-Ching Lee on baking and blogging as Lemon Pi

Getting it right

David McGuinness & Paul Allam on baking and social enterprise

Belinda Jeffery on writing recipes

The apple of my eye

Robert Edis on plant and soil relationships

Peter Gilmore on gardening and gastronomy

Christopher Cowles & David Walker on apple branding

What’s in the past?

Sarah Benjamin on the historical cookbook

Jacqui Newling & Scott Hill on the art of domestic management


Note: This event is closed
The Mint
Macquarie Street, Sydney

Speakers at the 2012 event included Gay Bilson (left), Michelle Cranston and Laila Ellmoos (right)