Food Matters : Life, Science, Diet : Everything.






Saturday 22nd October 16.00 – 16.45 Food Matters Tent, Royal Avenue Gardens, Mayor’s Ave, Dartmouth, Devon. TQ6 9YY FREE

Food Matters : Life, Science, Diet, Everything in 2022

16.00 Microbes Maketh the Man and Woman? Are we what we eat?  

Professor Martin Caraher (Food policy unit, London City university) explores the link between diet and health with Tim Spector OBE (Professor of Genetic Epidemiology), Henry Dimbleby MBE (National Food Strategy) and Dan Saladino (Food writer and host of Radio 4 Food programme).

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October in the Food Matters Tent, Royal Ave Gardens, Dartmouth.

Food Matters returns for another year of lively conversation between experts from food production to its subsequent preparation, promotion and sale. Despite problems mounting up, there remains much to celebrate, explore and debate at Food Matters.

We have our perennial review of kitchen gadgets and a musical and poetic take on food.

Sustainability remains a central theme and, in the light of the contribution farming makes to CO2 emissions, we discuss the urgent need to change the way food is grown and what we feed ourselves. Both food poverty and obesity increased during the Pandemic and are set to continue with the cost of living crisis. Meanwhile the food we buy has changed in recent years with a big increase in the variety and source of food and a reduction in red meat consumption. Are these changes to celebrate or should we instead “buy local”?   New research is showing the importance, for health and wellbeing, of the microbes that live in our digestive tract and this opens the possibility of individually tailoring our diets. And what of the catering industry that suffered enormously with the Pandemic and now faces a skills shortage and concerns about survival in the face of rising costs?

With audience participation encouraged, we aim to entertain you with a friendly exchange of ideas and discussions because, well, Food Matters!

The format remains a series of conversations between a host and 2 or 3 experts followed by a discussion with the audience. Please come ready to join in. Food Matters is a unique part of our Food Festival. In a spirit of sharing knowledge and public debate we make no charge for entry but we do need to cover our costs. Please donate as you feel able.

Programme organisers Dr Craig Davidson & Harriet Cherry.

Seats cannot be booked so come early to secure a place. Entry will be allowed from 10 mins before the start of a new session.