PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Agzarian © Advision 2017

Food & Words

PO Box 1144

Potts Point NSW 1335

0413 259 535

Picture credits

We like to acknowledge the creators of any photographs or illustrations used on the site ‘cos they’re usually by our friends and it’s just and right.

Thank you to Sam McAdam, the official Food & Words writers’ festival photographer from the get-go. Erica Vera Williams covered Food & Words in 2014 when Sam had her hands full with a new baby and Samantha Mackie took over the reins in 2016. Thanks gals for the masterful job you've done.

The fabulous images from our Magnus Nilsson: Food Stories event are by Sydney photographer Luisa Brimble.


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Is there space on the team for me?

We’re not seeking to fill any jobs at Food & Words at present, but we do hire for big events. Those jobs are listed as they become available, so keep an eye out.

We can offer internships in food writing, events and marketing – if they make sense to all parties. Again, keep
an eye out or email and tell us how you think you could help us out. 

We’re always on the lookout for exceptional presenters who have a thing for food and words. If you’ve got a good creative idea with an intelligent base, please get in touch.


About Us

The team

Funny how, when you get an idea, your friends and family gather around like months to a flame to help you realise it. Food & Words has had its fair share
of supporters and believers. You know who you are.

Special thanks to Nicola D’Alpuget, an encouraging voice from the get-go; Sharna St Leon, a wise friend, good counsel and event organiser of prodigious talent, incredible efficiency, style and aplomb; Brian Doherty and Jane Richens, Lisa Hoerlein, and Melanie Feddersen of i2i Design, for graphics and web input; Mary Barr, who saw the need for a social media strategy and then went a got a better job; and Roxane Lancaster for being so encouraging.

Who’s responsible for these
knuckle-headed ideas?

Barbara Sweeney. She’s a Sydney-based foodwriter with a thing for food and books. Barbara writes about food, farmers, chefs and restaurants for a living. You can read her work here

She also haunts second-hand bookshops in pursuit of lovely old and tattered tomes. And she likes to cook. Of all her jobs (as a freelancer, she has a few), her favourite is as honey judge at the National Honey Show, held annually at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

What is Food & Words?

Here at Food & Words we’re interested in both food and writing and we organise food events with a literary bent. The focus is the annual writers’ festival held in Sydney in September.
All our events are gathering places for people interested in food, words and books, cookery books, books about food and more. As long as the book is about food. You can find out about the festival and other events by clicking on the relevant tab on the menu and we’d be thrilled if you signed up for our newsletter, which we have, till now, failed to send seasonally.