Throughout the year there are some interesting and exciting events happening in the food movement, including a number of conferences that allow people to meet and exchange ideas. I’ve been compiling a list of conferences I want to try to attend, and I thought I would share the list! Below are some of the upcoming conferences happening this year, and I’ll hopefully be making my way to a few of them. Please feel free to let me know if you do attend one and what you thought of the event!
The True Cost of American Food [x]
April 14-17, 2016 | San Francisco, California
This conference is coming up very soon and focuses on the topic of the true cost of producing food in the United States. The speaker lineup is incredible, bringing together leaders from different sectors of the food system for this important conversation [x]. The price to attend both days as well as the starting reception on April 14 is $500, but there are other ticketing choices available for the various field trips, special pricing if you are a student, and other options.
5th Annual UVM Food Systems Summit [x]
June 14-15, 2016 | The University of Vermont | Burlington, Vermont
The theme around this year’s Food Systems Summit at the University of Vermont deals is the question, “What makes food good?” Proposals for the summit were recently voted on, and the final schedule will be announced some time this month. The price for attending both days is $150 ($100 for students), but there is an option to attend just one day if you wish.
Food For Tomorrow Conference [x]
September 27-28, 2016 | The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, New York
The annual Food For Tomorrow Conference is hosted by the New York Times at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. (For more information on the Stone Barns Center, read my post [x].) Though the information for the 2016 conference is not yet available, you can sign up to stay updated on the details as they become available [x].
6th International Conference on Food Studies [x]
October 12-13, 2016 | University of California—Berkeley | Berkeley, California
The International Conference on Food Studies is now accepting proposals for this year’s conference to be held in October [x]. The deadline for proposals is July 12 (though late proposals are being accepted until September 12), and early registration closes on April 12. Regular registration goes all the way up to the first day of the conference, October 12. The full program will be available two months before the conference, but you can view the list of accepted proposals as they come in [x].
James Beard Foundation Food Conference [x]
October 17-18, 2016 | New York, New York
The theme of this year’s James Beard Foundation Food Conference deals with the making of the food movement. Namely, how do we make the food movement stick in a time when so many issues are competing for our attention? The conference will draw from a wide variety of disciplines, ensuring an interesting and lively conversation on the making of this movement. Registration is not yet available, but you can check the website periodically for more information.
If you know of any more food conferences coming up soon, please feel free to leave a comment or send an email to foodforestsforever[at]gmail[dot]com!