Food on the menu at Bay literary festival
IT’S not just words that are being served up at this year’s Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.
Festivalgoers will be tempted by a number of foodie events including one to be held at the Italian at the Pacific Restaurant in Byron Bay on Friday, August 5 featuring 2010 Australian MasterChef winner Adam Liaw.
Adam will be joined at the Foodie Fodder lunch by former Vogue and Cosmopolitan fashion editor-turned-restaurateur and author Victoria Alexander and Mullumbimby chef, food writer and restaurant reviewer Belinda Jeffery.
Festival director Candida Baker said the foodie events were among the most popular and tickets sold quickly.
‘‘Guests at the Foodie Fodder lunch hosted by Janella Purcell will be treated to a great meal and a wonderful presentation by three consummate professionals in a setting that captures the essence of our laidback North Coast lifestyle,” she said.
Belinda Jeffery believes the session at the writers’ festival Eat My Words – Why We Love Food Books will tap into another growing reader phenomenon.
“There has been an increasing interest in food and cooking over the past 25 years, but now readers seem more inclined to take their cookbooks to bed to read, almost like a novel, a form of escape,” she said.
“Sometimes my readers confess that they don’t even really cook. They just love reading about cooking, almost as though they are cooking vicariously by reading through their favourite chef’s or cook’s recipes.
“Food is a part of life and weaving cooking into travel, history or just everyday life is a wonderful way to enjoy the process of sourcing, preparing, cooking and presenting food.”
Ms Baker believes the increase in the appeal of cookbooks is driven by many factors.
“Cooking shows such as MasterChef have certainly encouraged people to get back to the kitchen, but a renewed focus on home cooking is also driven by economic pressures with people wanting to cook at home rather than eat out,” she said.
Foodie Fodder, sponsored by Ferment, is being held at the Italian at the Pacific Beach from noon until 3pm.
Tickets cost $125 and are available, along with festival tickets from www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or by phoning 1300 368 552.