Given the fact that 'food' and 'words' are the basis by which I live my life, it would be a bit of an epic fail for me not to give big ups to Food & Words, a festival in its third year, celebrating those two things in equal measure. Spearheaded by Barbara Sweeney, beloved food industry stalwart and a quiet but formidable industry behind some of Sydney's highest profile events (including the Sydney International Food Festival among others), the festival is a celebration for people who are interested in cookbooks, food and writing. The one day festival brings together some heavy hitters in the Australian food and restaurant industry, from Christine Manfield to the legendary (and not to be trifled with) Gay Bilson and a host more.
From the Food & Words website (foodandwords.com.au)
What you get when you buy a ticket is:
o 12 speakers who inspire with short sharp talks on food
o The chance to mingle with people who are immersed in and curious about food
o Great food from Bistro Mint at morning and afternoon tea
o Three-course picnic lunch from Mike McEnearney’s new book, Kitchen By Mike, plus a glass of Lowe Wines wine (additional)
o Special tea and coffee taste experiences from the best in town, Grounds of Alexandria and Ovvio Organic
o Books by Potts Point Bookshop and Alice McCormick’s Rare Illustrated Books
o An arty installation by Julie Paterson (she of clothfabric and Food & Words artwork)
o A (surprise) gift of a book from Murdoch Books and Lantern
o A tasting of single-origin chocolates from Bahen & Co
Tickets are $185 for the full monty (all of the above) or $45 for a Kitchen By Mike picnic lunch and a glass of Lowe wine (bargain).
When: September 20, 10am - 4pm
Where: The Mint, Sydney
Tickets are available for purchase here.