Food writers’ festival

Food & Words 2015


When: September 19

Where: The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Supported by Sydney Living Museums, Bistro Mint and Le Cordon Bleu













The Program

The cookbook deal

Session 1 – 10am

Martin Benn and Vicki Wild from Sepia in conversation with Anthony Huckstep, food correspondent for The Australian, delicious and GQ.

Triple J

Session 2 – 11.30am

Colonial Gastronomer Jacqui Newling, tackles recipes from colonial Australia for a modern audience

Author and newly-minted academic, John Newton talks about native Australian ingredients with chef Jean-Paul Bruneteau, an early adopter who was using these ingredients well before Rene Redzepi came to town

Travels in time and space

Session 3 – 1.30pm

Francesca Newby takes us on a trip through the Australian Women’s Weekly recipe archives

Performance, poetry and essay writer Noëlle Janaczewska on thistles and North Korea

Tasmanian and author of A Story of Seven Summers Hilary Burden talks about her writing practice


Session 4 – 3pm

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry blogger Lee Tran Lam on the art of the (food) interview

Gay Bilson, author of Plenty, Digressions on Food, will digress and answer your questions

And, there’s more

Middle Eastern lunch by Michael Rantissi, Kepos Street Kitchen and Kepos & Co in collaboration with Bistro Mint

Tea on tap by Ovvio Organic

Coffee by Little Marionette

Books by Potts Point Bookshop

During lunch…

Exhibition of kitchen paintings by former editor Gourmet Traveller and Vogue Entertaining & Travel Carolyn Lockhart

Tea blending demonstration by Anthia Koullouros from Ovvio Organics

Crochet fun with 3D food hat creator Phil Ferguson of @chiliphilly


Food & Words is a one-day food writers’ festival open to anyone who likes to read about, discuss and consume food (that’s you, right?).

It’s aimed at the enthusiast, the obsessed, the curious, and the interested. If the topic of food turns you on, then this event is a must.

The event was started in 2012 and has featured some of Australia’s best food writing talent from the worlds of restaurants, academia and publishing. You can view the calibre of speakers by going to the archives, or listen to some of the talks on the ‘Listen’ page.

In 2015, Food & Words promises to be as interesting, as engaging, and as much fun as it has been for the past three years.

Come join us.

IT’S A CONVERSATION At Food & Words, speakers are invited to stay for the whole day, which means that if you’re in the audience you have every chance of bumping into your food hero and, I don’t know, gushing and saying ‘Oh, wow… chatting to them… asking them to sign the book you’ve just bought. We’ve had some great speakers in the past, so expect an equally fabulous line-up in 2015.

YOUR TRIBE How cool is it to mill with your tribe, people who are as obsessed with food, reading, books and cooking – and did we mention food? – as you?

CHILLAX When was the last time you took a day out to immerse yourself in something you love? To reconnect with something that matters to you? To feed yourself?

TICKETS – $240 


10+ speakers who write about food and have something interesting to say

An inspired lunch and very more-ish morning and afternoon tea

Wine, tea and coffee through the day – provided by some class acts

A snazzy venue

A bookish gift bag (full of surprises)







Speakers at the 2014 event included Laura Dalrymple, Feather and Bone (left) and Chris Manfield (right), who spoke about her travels in India.

At top are scenes from the event; author Kate Llewellyn, who had the room in stitches as she told stories about her freegan activities (the green paint of the waste bin rubbing off on the sleeve of her Armani top!); and uber chef, Mike McEnearney from Kitchen By Mike, on stage talking about his physic garden. We also collaborated with Mike on the food.