What finer way to start your Saturday than to enjoy coffee and bite to eat at the Carriageworks Farmers Market then stop by the foyer next door to see some of our leading food writers share a favourite breakfast story, sign their books and fill you in on what they are talking about at the Festival.  With Maggie Beer, Matthew Evans, Rosheen Kaul, Damien Coulthard, Rebecca Sullivan and host Jennifer Wong.

Maggie Beer (Australian)

Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer is a culinary icon and founder of Maggie Beer Products and the Maggie Beer Foundation. A legend of the food community, Maggie has many beloved cookbooks and has appeared on culinary TV programs including MasterChef, The Great Australian Bake Off and the iconic The Cook and The Chef. In 2022, Maggie was honoured to be awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to the tourism and hospitality industries as a cook, restaurateur and author, and to aged welfare".

Matthew Evans (Australian)

Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans is a Tasmanian food writer, television broadcaster and chef who lives and works on Fat Pig Farm, a soil-to-stomach regenerative farm and restaurant. He's been the host of six series of Gourmet Farmer and two documentaries on SBS TV. Matthew is the author of over a dozen books on food, including On Eating Meat, and his latest cookbook The Real Food Companion. His book SOIL is a hymn to the remarkable, and underappreciated bit of Earth that gifts us life.

Rosheen Kaul (Australian)

Rosheen Kaul

Rosheen Kaul is head chef at Melbourne’s Etta Restaurant, where she cooks a menu as culturally diverse as she is. Originally from Singapore, Rosheen spent her formative years training at prestigious restaurants Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Ezard and Lee Ho Fook. In 2022 she released her first cookbook Chinese-ish with Murdoch Books.

Damien Coulthard (Australian)

Damien Coulthard

Damien Coulthard is an Adnyamathanha man of the Flinders Ranges. He lives off the grid in the Clare Valley and is co-founder of Warndu, a brand on a mission to regenerate culture, community, tradition, health seas and soils through Australian native produce. He is the author of Warndu Mai and First Nations Food Companion.

Rebecca Sullivan (Australian)

Rebecca Sullivan

Rebecca Sullivan is a sustainable living advocate, Yale World Fellow, regen-farmer, educator and co-founder of Warndu. She has a Masters in climate change and sustainable agriculture and has authored ten books.

Jennifer Wong (Australian)

Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong is a Chinese-Australian writer, comedian, and MC based in Sydney. As a wordplay-loving food enthusiast, she's the presenter of ABC's Chopsticks or Fork?, a six-part series about Chinese restaurants in regional Australia. Jennifer is the curator of OzAsia Festival's In Other Words writers and ideas program, and writes regularly for The Guardian and SBS Food. Her first book, Chopsticks or Fork?, co-written with Lin Jie Kong, will be published by Hardie Grant in February 2024.