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Learn to make the perfect scone

In this class we all make a batch of scones and learn the tricks. We make different types – a cream, classic buttermilk and lemonade, all from favourite cookbooks – and discuss their various merits. Then, we make a large pot of tea and sit down to enjoy the spoils. With jam and cream.

Date Saturday, 4 December 

Time 1pm to 4pm

Location North Sydney

Cost $100

Scones & Afternoon Tea!


“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”–Henry James


Good qaulity secondhand cookbooks for sale

We're always being given books and asked to on-sell books. Plus, we can't resist the temptation to buy good cookbooks when we see them in op-shops. Which is how we come to accumulate a couple of hundred cookbooks each year for the annnual Christmas sale. There's something for every cook, from popular titles in excellent condition and a few well-thumbed classics. See updates on social media.

Date Saturday, 18 December 

Time 8am to 12 noon

Location Northside Produce Market, Ted Mack Civic Park, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney

Annual cookbook sale

“I just spent a wonderful rainy afternoon watching the talks, yet another thought provoking, fascinating and compelling collection of ideas and authors.”

Food & Words Literary Event

The panel discussing Good Food & Lessons from Nature features Alana Mann (Food in a Changing Climate), Prof. Stephen J Simpson (Eat Like the Animals) and Laura Dalrymple (The Ethical Omnivore).

Chef Neil Perry speaks from his new restaurant about the challenge of opening a new restaurant in 2021, his new book Everything I Love to Cook and his cheffing career with food communicator Joanna Savill.

Session 1

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Three writers whose work ranges across Instagram and printed books talk about their experiences with both. Hear from cookery writers Belinda Jeffery (A Year of Sundays), Lucy Tweed (Every Night of the Week) and Emiko Davies (Torta dell Nonna).

What exactly is Australian food? Chef Ross Dobson, author of Australia, The Cookbook, along with fellow writers Paul Van Reyk (True to the Land, A History of Food in Australia) and Lee Tran Lam, freelance food writer & co-founder Diversity in Food Media and Editor of the anthology New Voices in Food take on the question in this panel.

Session 2

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Coffee partner The Little Marionette 

Tea and tisanes partner Apotheca by Anthia 

Wine partner Lowe Family Wine Co.

Bookshop Potts Point Bookshop

Venue and food Martin Boetz, Cooks Shed

Food & Words seeks the best vittles

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Food & Words Literary Event

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.

Photo credits: all by Samantha Mackie; scones by Aleema Ash; notebook Yannick Pulver/Unsplash

Food & Words produces food events with a literary bent

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Author talks & dinners 


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