WITH DETAILS of some of the talks at this year’s Foodcamp in Kilkenny hitting the web this week, there are still one or two slots available (at least at time of writing anyway). If you’re interested in speaking, whether you’ve spoken in public before or not, you can sign up here at Foodcamp.ie.
The day, the third time it’s taken place at the Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food (Foodcamp was held in Dungarvan also at the Waterford Food Festival), offers the chance for food producers, consumers, suppliers, bloggers and enthusiasts to get together. The only rule being, if you’re a speaker, it’s not a sales pitch. Everyone is there to share an experience, learn something new, catch up with old faces, meet new ones.
This year, Foodcamp takes place on Friday 26 October at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel and sees talks run from 9.30am to 12.30pm before the big picnic lunch kicks off. Foodcamp is kept free of charge largely due to two elements – sponsorship and the picnic lunch. The idea being that for lunch, you bring enough for you and one other person to eat. That said, some people bring enough for seven or eight people, but everything heads for a long table in the morning and is served out at lunchtime.
With the talks taking place in streams (i.e. more than one talk at a time), lunch gives a chance for everyone to get together in the one space and catch up. After lunch this year there’s a Bord Bia Origin Green seminar, before the big Foodcamp debate.
I’ll be there myself on the day (I’ve been manning some of the online side of Foodcamp and producing content for the past two years in Kilkenny) so if we haven’t yet met or spoken, do say hello!