PERTH | If you’re reading this, you probably know a thing or two about good food. You know what you like, you know where you like to shop for groceries, and you have a few restaurants that you count amongst your favourites. But what do you really know about food?
The Western Australian Food and Drink Symposium (FADS) is a community-driven initiative which will bring together farmers, producers, chefs, educators and consumers for a unique, community creating and sustainable food and drink event, with a day long program of talks, panel discussions and workshops.
Headlining FADS will be Ben Shewry, chef-owner of Melbourne’s Attica, which was recently crowned the number 32 restaurant in the world at this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards. This will be Shewry’s first major food event appearance in Western Australia, where he will be providing insights on running Attica and also discuss mental health in the restaurant industry.
Joining Shewry will be Tammi Jonas of Jonai Farms in Victoria, the current Chair of Fair Food Farmers United (FFFU), the producers’ branch of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA). Jonas will be sharing her experiences with ethical and viable farming models.
“The aim is to discover and bring to the fore issues that we face as a State and to discuss them as a community”, said Katrina Lane, FADS Co-Founder. “We hope this will result in improving our food and drink landscape and strengthening and making the industry we work in more vital”.
The FADS program will cover a range of topics including the real cost of food, the challenges of chef owned and operated restaurants, a behind the scenes look at a regional culinary tourism business, the history of the state’s alcohol industry and the place of native ingredients in modern Australian cooking.
Amongst the impressive lineup at FADS will be key WA chefs, food/drink experts, farmers and producers including Joel Valvasori-Pereza (Lula La Delizia), Sam Ward (Mas), Aaron Carr (Vasse Felix), Amy Hamilton (Liberte), Kenny McHardy (Manuka Woodfire Kitchen), Sophie Zalokar (Foragers), Warren Pensini (Blackwood Valley Beef), Harry Wykman (bio-intensive urban farmer), Guy Jeffreys (Millbrook Winery), Jude Blereau (Jude Wholefoods), Dale Tilbrook (native produce providore) and Nic Giblett (Newton Orchards). And that’s not even everyone.
To run the event, a crowdfunding campaign commenced in February, with over 45% of the $45,000 target reached to date. Tickets to FADS are being sold through the crowdfunding campaign, and supporters can also pledge for limited tickets to an exclusive post-event Sundowner to meet and chat with the farmers, producers and chefs involved with FADS.
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WA Food And Drink Symposium
When: Sun 28 May 2017
Cost: $100 (includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea)
Where: Jim Webster Pavilion, Claremont Showground. 8 Ashton Avenue, Claremont WA 6010