Food writers’ festival

Food & Words 2016

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The launch and Speed Meet a Farmer – Friday September 9, 6pm to 9pm

Food & Words – Saturday September 10, 10am to 4pm

Both events at The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Supported by Founding Partner Sydney Living Museums & Le Cordon Bleu

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David Thompson, chef and author Thai Food

Fiona Wright, writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award

David Gillespie, author Sweet Poison and Toxic Oil

Richard Cornish, food writer, Brain Food columnist (The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Good Food), and author My Year Without Meat

Laura Dalrymple, Feather & Bone

Pennie Scott, farmer and food activist

Paulette Whitney, farmer, social media phenomena and columnist Gourmet Traveller

Georgina Reid, editor online magazine The Planthunter

Ewan McEoin, editor The Field Guide to Australian Produce

John Susman, author (with Hodgie, Huck and Swanie) Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook

Simon Rickard, musician, plantsman and author of Heirloom Vegetables: A Guide To Their History And Varieties

Dr Alana Mann, academic and fair food advocate

James Viles, chef from Biota, Bowral, and author Biota: Grow, Gather, Cook


Go to ‘Speaker Profiles’ (top right) to read more about the authors speaking at Food & Words.

We’re also writing about them in our weekly newsletters – sign up if you’re not receiving them – as well as on the Food & Words instagram, twitter and FaceBook feeds.


Food & Words continues to be supported by Foundation Partner Sydney Living Museums and international culinary arts educator Le Cordon Bleu.

New partners include Country Style magazine and Fresh Catering.

Ovvio Organics will be back in 2016, serving a delicious array of their teas.

The Little Marionette will fire up the two group (or will it be the four group?) and serve their superior coffee blend all day.

David Lowe from Lowe Wines will be sending cases of his organic chardonnay, pinto gris and riesling down from Mudgee for our enjoyment.

Potts Point Bookshop returns with a beautiful selection of books to buy – including all our guest speakers’ books.

You can read more about our partners by clicking ‘Our Partners 2016’ box on the top right of this page.



The Launch and Speed Meet a Farmer is on Friday, September 9


Join the editors of The Field Guide to Australian Produce (Thames & Hudson) and the NSW small-scale farmers and food producers featured within its pages (plus a few Sydney farming friends) to launch the book and Food & Words. We’ll be serving David Lowe’s Mudgee wine and food, each item showcasing the produce supplied by our farming friends. This is a night of talking about food and farming with small NSW producers. Ticket = $45

Add a signed copy of the book Field Guide to Australian Produce = $105


Food & Words is on Saturday, September 10

10am to 4pm

The Food & Words program includes a dynamic program of speakers + an inspired lunch and very more-ish morning and afternoon tea + wine with lunch + tea and coffee through the day + a snazzy venue + a bookish gift bag = $265


Attend both the launch and Food & Words = $290

Add a signed copy of the book Field Guide to Australian Produce = $350

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Food & Words 2015. AT TOP: Chef Michael Rantissi from Sydney’s Kepos Street Kitchen chats to Anna Low at the Potts Point Bookshop stand. Michael signed copies of his first book Falafel for Breakfast, created the lunch menu and conducted a hummus smackdown. ON LEFT, FROM TOP: Chef Martin Benn from Sepia chats after his session; a trio, including speakers Francesca Newby, refuel with coffee from The Little Marionette; Donna donned one of Chilly Phil’s crocheted food hats (a choc mint ice-cream?); books galore; enthralled. ABOVE: Antics from author and broadcaster Hilary Burden, who talked about her writing life in Tasmania; writer’s topics range near and far at Food & Words. Here, MC Joanna Savill introduces Noëlle Janaczewska’s talk on thistles and North Korea, one of the most riveting sessions of the day.