Food’s great. If you’re a person, you'll likely agree.
But global food issues are phenomenally complex, with countless far-reaching consequences for the environment, economy, human welfare and animal rights. Festival21 is a two-day event exploring what to do about it.
There are lectures and masterclasses, covering topics such as fermenting, baking, olive oil and honey production, composting, pasta-making, coffee and wine. On top of this, there are interactive sessions for kids as well as music and comedy performances.
Alice Zaslavsky, producer of online food education program Phenomenom, is taking part in an interactive kids' workshop. Dr Sandro Demaio of ABC’s Ask the Doctor will join other professors in a discussion on what it means to "eat well". Greenpeace Australia CEO David Ritter is part of a panel of social-enterprise entrepreneurs talking about the most direct solutions to food wastage.
Chefs, dieticians, activists, academics, business leaders and TV personalities from Melbourne and around the world will be taking part. The sessions come under five themes: children and nutrition, dietary issues, rural and urban food economies, waste management, and the chain of food production.
Events are ticketed and non-ticketed. The first event is on Friday at 6pm. Saturday events run from 11am until 10.30pm. More information and full program here.