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 & teach online (food) writing courses

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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 has had to cancel our planned outing to Canberra in September 2021. The Covid-19 restrictions presented too high a risk for a small business to take, especially when our program meant bringing interstate speakers and guest into Canberra with no surity, should the virus flare, of getting them home again. For updates on new dates be sure to sign up to our newsletter as that's where we announce upcoming events.

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Food & Words


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.. 

On the not-too-far horizon

Cookbook Love

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Food & Words Festival

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Food & Words Literary Event

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Canberra artist

Meet Ella Phillips

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

Food & Words produces food events with a literary bent

Writers’ festival

Author talks & dinners 


& writing classes