We create a happy melange, bringing food, hospitality and farming professionals, writers, artists, thought leaders and generally awesome people together to explore ideas and things that matter. Like food, books and words.

We organise food events
with a literary bent

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The Food & Words writers' festival is back. Yeah! Even when the original 2021 date back in September was scuppered by the lockdown, we kept our fingers crossed, hoping for another opportunity to present the event before the year's end. With restrictions begining to lift in Sydney and people keen to gather, we're taking a punt and have set another date – Saturday, November 20. It will be same-same (great line up of speakers, all-day refreshments, delicious lunch with wine ...), but also, different (new venue, smaller than usual, and a live stream option).

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Food & Words is back

Food & Words Literary Event

Food & Words Writers' Festival

The 2021 speakers

Simple, effective approaches to writing

We teach two powerful food-focussed online writing classes – Write with Intent, where you focus on a personal writing project and Write *great* Newsletters, which unpacks all the elements of a great newsletter. Because we're in the business of food writing and events, our courses are well suited to farmers, food producers and food business owners. But not exclusively. Join us. 


Online Writing Classes

Food & Words Literary Event


Join chef Martin Boetz from Cooks Shed and home cook and food writer Barbara Sweeney in this Zoom chat as they talk food, cooking and cookbooks. It's a #bloodylockdown project, only here as long as the Sydney lockdown lasts. Join the conversation. 

BYO. Tickets $11.

Every Sunday while lockdown lasts, 5pm 

The Sunday Session 

Food & Words Literary Event


Food & Words Literary Event

A storytelling session about food, books and cooking. Written and presented by Barbara Sweeney, it’s an amusing and thoughtful exploration of this publishing genre and its place in the world. Of particular interest is the handed-down, hand-written recipe book and their stories.. 

In development

Cookbook Love

Food & Words Literary Event

Responsible for our Food & Words poster illustration – copy to go here. 

Canberra artist

Meet Ella Phillips

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Food & Words produces food events with a literary bent

Writers’ festival

Author talks & dinners 


& writing classes

Our Courses

'Each weekly get-together was a warm celebration and such an incentive to keep writing.'  —Susan M, Write with Intent student