Destination Food, Australia’s first culinary tourism conference will be an essential hot pot for anyone offering edible experiences.

Filled with an inspiring line-up of speakers, the conference will be another turning point in Australia’s food tourism journey.

I’m particularly looking forward to hearing from one of the conference program highlights, global entrepreneur and founder of Edible Canada, Eric Pateman (pictured below).  It was a trip to Canada’s west coast that inspired my focus on food writing some 20 years ago.

The event is being organised by Australia’s first ambassador for the World Food Travel Association, Holly Galbraith.


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Stellar line-up for culinary tourism conference

Taking place at the Museum of Sydney (MoS) on Monday 21 May 2018, the line-up includes Lisa Ronson from Tourism Australia (pictured below), Sally Cope from Ultimate Winery Experiences, Stuart Gregor of Four Pillars Gin, Rezdy founder Simon Lenoir, Journalist Joanna Savill, plus more. Ten speakers and two-panel sessions make up the one-day event.

Throughout the day, local and international speakers will focus on the many sides of culinary tourism. Panels and presentations will showcase case studies and practical tips giving you ideas and tools to implement into your destination and business.

Delegates will explore ‘Agri-tourism: Shaping food tourism’ and ‘How to pitch your food tourism story to media’. Another bonus will be inside knowledge from case studies including ‘Eat Local: How a Cookbook Boosted Food Tourism in Regional Queensland’.

Other notable speakers include Joanna Savill, Stuart Gregor and M.C. Simon Marnie from ABC Radio, but you will also have the chance to network and learn from people who are intimately involved in day-to-day culinary tourism.

Destination Food has lined up some hefty sponsors including Food4Media are the culinary industry’s media network and the world’s leading online food and beverage news service for the media.  TFE Hotels have offered a special rate to all Destination Food conference delegates with details on event website. TFE will accommodate many of the interstate and international speakers at their Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour property.

Destination Food details

Want the full program?  Download it here.

Where: Museum of Sydney, Phillip St, Sydney. For out of towners, the museum is a short, one-block walk from Circular Quay in Sydney’s central business area.

Event information 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Tickets:  $479 including all catering, networking drinks, taxes and booking fees.  Get your ticket here.

Disclaimer: Ed+bK will be a guest of Destination Food.