Food writers' festival

Food & Words 2016

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Event launch – 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

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


We’ll continue to announce speakers until we reach our full complement, so keep an eye out for news on this page, 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.

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.


The Saturday Food & Words event includes a dynamic and varied program of 10+ 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


A cocktail party to meet and greet old friends and new + launch Food & Words + launch of Field Guide to Australian Produce (Thames & Hudson) + a cocktail party menu that showcases small food producers produce + wine by Lowe Wines = $45

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


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.