The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery is an annual, weekend-long conference on food, its culture and its history. This year's event takes place in the city of dreaming spires from July 7-9.
A prestigious and well-respected gathering, the oldest of its kind, the Oxford Symposium brings together the great and the good of the international food world - scholars, journalists, chefs, scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and committed amateurs - for a weekend of serious discussion on a specific food-related theme.
The theme of this year's conference focuses on the relationship between food and the landscape, and promises three days of convivial exchanging of ideas and information over great food.
Fáilte Ireland, through its Food Champion Programme, is supporting the reception and welcome dinner on the opening night, Friday, July 7, which will explore the complex historical layers of the Boyne Valley in Ireland, "with a tasting of Ireland's liquid assets, poetry and singing after the meal".
The banquet will be coordinated by Fáilte Ireland food champion and Boyne Valley Food Series chairperson, Olivia Duff. All food and drinks for the event are coming from the Boyne Valley region and will allow Ireland and its food story to be told and showcased through the Ireland's Ancient East brand and the Boyne Valley Food Series, named Ireland's Foodie Destination 2016.
The banquet will be prepared by a team of four chefs from Ireland's Ancient East: Rob Krawczyk, Mary Farrell, Ryan McGivery and Dearbhla Moriarty.
On the night, there will be a pre-banquet screening of a three-minute video showcasing Ireland's landscape and its food created by award-winning videographers, The Perennial Plate.
Speaking ahead of the event, Head of Food and Hospitality for Fáilte Ireland, John Mulcahy, said: "Fáilte Ireland is delighted to be hosting the welcome dinner at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. Not only does the event support Fáilte Ireland's key food activities this year, it also reinforces our food tourism ethos that food is a quality intrinsic part of the tourist experience, is a key part of what Ireland offers the visitors, and is therefore a driver of tourism revenue." oxfordsymposium.org.uk
OLD BUTTER ROADS
The Old Butter Roads Trail in Mitchelstown, Co, Cork, celebrates foods produced in the Muskerry, Duhallow and Avondhu areas. There are free events today and tomorrow. There's a food and wine-tasting at Ballinwillin House at 1.30pm. Tickets €40, facebook.com/OldButterRoads
ROUND TO OURS
Laura Jackson and Alice Levine are behind the successful Round To Ours supper club in London. Their new book, also called Round To Ours, is a how-to entertaining guide for millennials, with 24 menus (including one called Hair of the Dog) for a variety of occasions. Published by Quadrille, £25.
DINNER AND DANCING
Kelly's in Rosslare has a full programme of dinner and dancing evenings throughout July and August. We like the sound of the lobster dinner in Beaches restaurant on Wednesday (when there's a 'Hits from the Movies' theme), and Saturday nights (when it's 'Galaxy'). kellys.ie