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food hui 2021

food hui 2021

Monday 27th September - Day 1 by Restaurant Association.

Tuesday 28th September - Day 2 by Eat New Zealand.

Where: Christchurch Town Hall, Ōtautahi

Tickets on sale now.

Eat New Zealand began life as a day of talks about our food and the things that influence it. For that reason our Food Hui remains a hugely important date in our yearly calendar. This is our seventh consecutive annual symposium and it will be held in Christchurch on Monday 27th September and Tuesday 28th September and co-presented with the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

It is undoubtedly the most important food conversation in New Zealand, as it covers all aspects of our food.

Eat New Zealand have partnered with The Restaurant Association of New Zealand to bring you a plethora of speakers and panellists and guests assembled for two days of talking, listening and thinking about New Zealand food.

Our vision for food hui 2021 is...WITHIN

An opportunity to look inwards. To embrace, celebrate and champion who and what we are as a food nation, while striving to lead a new way forward.

A chance to celebrate what we have here, within ourselves. To seek guidance from our own leaders, thinkers and innovators. To encourage each other and to look for support on our own shores.

We will draw on global experiences as lessons to help focus on our own narrative. To take pride in our industry, in our food, our people, our stories, our heritage and our land. To strengthen what we have already built and to come together to look within, as we look ahead to pave a more resilient food future for Aotearoa.

Join us for the most important food conversation in New Zealand...


Day 2 - Tuesday 27th September presented by Eat New Zealand

Feast Matariki- how this national food celebration can help us towards partnership for our food story.

Kaitaki- our next generation of Aotearoa Food Story-tellers

Mana Kai- have your say on a values based framework, a National Food Strategy for NZ

Local Food Systems- how research on Taranaki’s local food system has national relevance

Regenerative Food Tourism- how can the tourism reset be regenerative and deliver back to local communities?

'There’s no green without blue'- the future of seaweed in NZ


Day 1 - Monday 27th September presented by the Restaurant Association of NZ

How can we harness hospitality’s power to connect people & place? Community connections: - the industry's power to connect

Is big data the answer? Big Data, Big Ideas

Can you find a balance between work and wellbeing as the boss? Boosting the boss - finding health & wellness balance in a post Covid-19 environment for you and your teams

Total Team Makeover: Is it time to change your employment strategy?

How can we get ready for the age of automation? Tech talk: The Age of Automation – establishing where this tech works best

Fast forward: What will our workforce look like in 20 years? Start preparing today for our workforce of tomorrow

What operating strategies will take us into the future? Leadership/Innovators Panel: Forward-thinking strategies

What have we learned to help us turn adversity into opportunity? Restaurant Resilience Lessons


The event is for Eat New Zealand supporters, owners/operators, food producers, fishers, farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, suppliers, tourism operators, media and food lovers. Last year we saw over 250 people attend from all around New Zealand and we expect to see even more in 2021.

Every year has been an opportunity to connect and advance our thinking collectively, particularly important in such tumultuous times. If you want insight into what’s happening and the people making it happen, get along.

Grab your tickets here.

Thank you to our Venue Sponsor: Christchurch NZ.

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