EAT NZ IS BORN
Angela Clifford reports on big changes at the third ConversatioNZ Symposium
THE THIRD CONVERSATIONZ
Symposium, held on the final day of Visa Wellington on a Plate, brought together some of the greatest thinkers in New Zealand food to listen to the likes of Ben Shewry, owner/chef of Attica in Melbourne; Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for the Los Angeles Times; and a fascinating line-up of home-grown speakers.
The day began with the big announcement by movement founder Giulio Sturla that ConversatioNZ was changing its name to Eat New Zealand. “This better reflects our goals: a commitment to encouraging the world to eat New Zealand, to explore our food culture, give respect to the food we have and build a sustainable future,” he said.
This was followed by the news that Eat New Zealand will be working with the NZ Restaurant Association, after the two groups were collectively awarded tourism funding to build a digital platform for New Zealand food.
The symposium included a panel chaired by Cuisine editor Kelli Brett that raised some fascinating perspectives on what a recipe for future success might look like. Food HQ founder and former Massey vice-chancellor Steve Maharey presented his case for New Zealand to become a “food nation”, while KPMG Agribusiness Agenda commentator Vanessa Nelmes exposed some of the future trends in food, The
Listener’s Lauraine Jacobs challenged us to become the first waste-free food nation, and Richard Hall from Kai Pasifika asked, “Why isn’t New Zealand all about food tourism?”.
Further thoughts from the day were captured by Stone Soup Syndicate and can be viewed on the Eat New Zealand Facebook and Instagram pages (@Eat.NewZealand).