Food & Drink Stage

The Food & Drink Stage will feature discussions with some of the world’s leading celebrity chefs about current and future trends.

Honey & co with Simon Schama
Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co share foods and flavours from the Middle East while chatting with Simon Schama, historian and FT contributing editor

What makes a good cookery book?
Polly Russell
, the FT’s “History Cook” and Tim Hayward, an FT contributing writer and winner of the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018, discuss the best books for the kitchen

Behind the scenes at the FT Weekend: Lunch with the FT
Alec Russell, chief commissioner of Lunch, and Henry Mance, award-winning interviewer and regular Luncher, talk to Isabel Berwick, FT writer and veteran Lunch editor, on interviewing the great, the good and the greedy


Is this the end of fine dining?
Nicholas Lander, the FT’s Restaurant Insider, is joined by chefs Elizabeth Haigh and Pierre Koffmann to debate the demise of fine dining

Yotam Ottolenghi and Tara Wigley
The two top chefs cook up dishes from their new book Simple while chatting with the FT’s Rebecca Rose


Wines on the wild side - exotic grapes
Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and the FT’s wine correspondent, returns for an expert tasting tutorial


The quality of the talks was outstanding. A wide range of subjects, with experts and excellent speakers every time. I left with my head buzzing with ideas.

The talks were very inspirational, especially Jancis Robinson.
— Past Festival Attendee