There was a time when fast food meant bad food and fine dining implied fancy, but these concepts no longer apply in a shifting world where people break the rules, and the future of how we eat and what we eat continually evolves.

These and other ideas about the Australian food scene will be discussed in a conversation hosted by Westmont Pickles co-founders Joel Mevissen and Calvin Lidden. The casual event, which is part of Vivid, will include a panel of chefs and business owners moderated by food writer Maggie Scardifield.

Chefs Mitch Orr (ACME) and O Tama Carey (Lankan Filling Station) will be discussing the future of food with an emphasis on sustainability; they’ll be joined by Young Henrys’s co-founder Oscar McMahon and Belles Hot Chicken's beverage director Christian Robertson, who will discuss the natural-wine movement and collaboration.

Broadsheet photographer Nikki To will be there touching on how to communicate with diners through food photography. Dom Wilton from Hector’s Deli will talk fast-food trends and the rise of the Aussie sambo.

“Food and drink is such an important part of the Australian landscape and there’s a lot of cool stuff happening in the space right now,” says Lidden from Westmont. “So, The Future of Food and Drink is about hashing all that out with some local legends and enjoying beers and pickles in the process.”

McMahon will make sure attendees are supplied with a beer and ticket prices includes pickle consumption.

The Future of Food and Drink will be held on May 27 from 3pm to 5pm. It will be held at Vivid Ideas Exchange, a temporary venue on level six of the MCA, on the west side of Circular Quay. Tickets are available here.

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