2018 Symposium of Gastronomy &

Food History

New Zealand Symposium of

Gastronomy and Food History


Napier, Hawkes Bay

30th November - 2nd December

Venue: The Napier Little Theatre

Theme: Migrate

The 2018 Symposium will be held in Napier over the first weekend of December.

The formal presentation of papers will begin at 9am on the Saturday and close at 4.30pm on Sunday, in time for flights out of Napier.

An informal meal and Hawkes Bay wine tasting will be held on Friday evening and the annual banquet on the Saturday evening.

The theme is "Migrate", a word that may be interpreted in whatever unique linguistic, etymologic or phonetic manner presenters may desire - it is not intended to be interpreted solely in terms of human migration. We welcome  presentations from amateur story-tellers, gastronomes and academics, on (or off) the theme, and invite others with a passion for food and food history to join us for what is always a damn good weekend.

Napier is a popular venue for food, wine, sport, the arts and architecture.For those intending to come to the Symposium we therefore suggest making your airline and accomodation bookings as soon as possible.

As well as being New Zealand's Art Deco capital, Napier is surrounded by over 200 vineyards and 35 cellar doors where some of New Zealand's best Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet blends are produced. Consider arriving early or staying on after the Symposium to visit some of these wineries.

The Symposium venue, The Napier Little Theatre, is at 76 McGrath Street, at the southern end of Marine Parade and within easy walking distance of the Napier CBD.

The call for papers will open in July  and registrations from the beginning of August.

Queries regarding the meeting can be sent by email to the Symposium convenors: