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Tiny, but mighty personable, the Food & Words writers' festival turns 10 this year. To celebrate, we plan to serve cake. Other than that, we are committed to delivering a festival program that features some of the country's leading writers on food in an atmosphere that is both generous and hospitable. Read more on the Writers' Festival page or go straight to the booking page to purchase your ticket.
Date Sunday October 9
Location Enid Cook Room, Level 1, 405 Crown Street (above Surry Hills Library), Surry Hills
Cost $330 (plus booking fee)
The world's most intimate writers' festival
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A family-focussed day at Vaucluse House
Immerse yourself in the rich food history of Vaucluse House at this festive celebration of Spring. Enjoy fascinating talks and food demonstrations, and shop from range of stalls featuring Sydney’s finest artisan producers.
Barbara hosts a fascinating program of talks: What's for dinner? featuring Drs Scott Hill and Jacqui Newling; Cooking the Books with Jane Morrow, Publishing Director, Murdoch Books; Farah Celjo, Managing Editor, SBS Food and presenter on ‘The Cook Up’ and Dr Jacqui Newling, Gastronomer and Sydney Living Museums’ Curator; and Caring for Country: Indigenous perspectives on gardening and plants with D’harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper Shannon Foster.
Date Sunday, 11 September
Time 10am to 3pm
Location Vaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
Tickets $15 (free for 12 years and under)
Spring Harvest Festival
Photograph In the courses, we use photographs, such as this one of American food writer M. K.F. Fisher as writing prompts. What is she doing with that hotdog?
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Date Tuesdays, September 20 and 27, October 4 and 11
Location Online, via Zoom
Simple, effective approaches to writing
Do you have a book or writing project that you'd like to jump start or dedicate some uninterrupted time to? Then, our online Write with Intent course is designed for you.
Date Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20 and 27
Sunday, November 26
Book launch, Woollahra Library
Join Emiko in celebrating the publication of her latest book, Gohan, Everyday Japanese Food. Enjoy refreshments of hand-made onigiri and Emiko's favourite Japanese tea. Emiko will talk about her book and childhood and family memories of Japan and answer your questions. The ticket includes a copy of the book – and you can have Emiko sign it.
AUTHOR EVENT // EMIKO DAVIES
LuMi Dining Lunch, with special guest Palisa Anderson
Starts 12 noon
Sunday, November 27
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Book launch at Woollahra Library with Emiko, plus Japanese refreshments
All guests receive a copy of Emiko's book. Tickets are limited for these events.
“I just spent a wonderful rainy afternoon watching the talks, yet another thought provoking, fascinating and compelling collection of ideas and authors.”
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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).
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
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
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.
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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