Food Dialogues

18 July – 1 August 2022

Learn ways to bring about a healthier, more resilient and just food system, connect with people shaping the future of food, and discover new insights into our food culture.

  • How are digital technologies disrupting our food system?
  • What will be the impact of cultured meat? 
  • How has food shaped the spaces and places that define our city?
  • Why are one-third of infants stunted or obese?
  • How do cooking and eating connect us to nature, culture and spirituality?
  • Will the revival of indigenous food traditions reshape our food culture?

These and other challenging questions will be explored throughout the programme, which ranges from expert panel discussions to hands-on cooking classes, from walking tours to art exhibitions, and more. 

Schedule of Events

Monday, 18 July

Philippi Village

Wednesday, 20 July

Makers Landing – V&A Waterfront

Thursday, 21 July

Philippi Village

Friday, 22 July

Bertha House

Dialogues through Food

Farm to Fork with Chef Lapo

Sunday, 24 July

OZCF Market

Dialogues through Food

Heart(h) Traditions with Jane Nshuti

Tuesday, 26 July

Bertha House

Thursday, 28 July

Bertha House

Dialogues Through Food

Kids Flavour Adventure with Studio H

Fermenting traditions: African Beer and Bread with Ukutya Food Movement

Saturday, 30 July

Maker’s Landing

Dialogues Through Food

Food Feeding your Purpose with Michele Mistry of Indikaap

African ice cream flavours with Tapi Tapi

Sunday, 31 July

Maker’s Landing

18, 20, 25, 27 and 30 July

Company’s Gardens

23, 26 and 30 July

Philippi Village

18 July – 1 August


Meet the speakers, chefs, moderators, facilitators and others who are part of Food Dialogues 2022, and learn more about the Food Dialogues, including our partners.

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Food Dialogues is hosted by the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust with co-host and sponsor SOLVE@Waterfront.

Co-sponsored by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, event partners include the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, African Centre for Cities, the Southern Africa Food Lab, The Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Bertha House, Philippi Village, City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government and Derrick Integrated Communications.

View Previous Food Dialogues: 2014 | 2020 | 2021

Food Dialogues can contribute towards us thinking about new ways of doing things, and learning, even if we’re learning from people that we don’t agree with.”

Prof. Julian May, Director, DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security.

The Food Dialogues provided a space to engage deeply in the complexity of the Cape Town food system. They refused to have a single story. They refused to amplify a single set of voices. They provide the starting point, and not the end point, for many sets of complex, difficult and messy conversations about food.”

Jane Battersby, Assoc. Prof., African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.

The Food Dialogues are critically important because they provide a rare opportunity for citizens and other stakeholders to learn from grassroots activists alongside government officials, university professors, and business people. Only by connecting these different perspectives and knowledges will we able to foster meaningful change in our food systems.”

Prof. Julian May, Director, DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security