As Trustees and organizers of the Oxford Food Symposium, we’re aiming to be back in Oxford for our usual high-octane weekend at St Catz in 2021, to celebrate our 40th anniversary on July 9-11if circumstances allow. We will take a decision about that in mid-March. We are all, however, much enthused by what this new sympotic world has to offer a community such as ours – once a Symposiast, always a Symposiast – that has gathered over forty years. 2020 was certainly different, but no less stimulating intellectually and socially. Therefore, whether or not we can achieve a physical Symposium, we intend to continue with a virtual gathering that’s no longer an experiment but an established success. So no matter where we will meet, paper-presenters will be able to present their papers for discussion (deadline for proposals being January 31), guests will include the full complement of speakers and chefs, and the Proceedings will be edited and published in due course through the good offices of our Editor, Mark McWilliams.

Meanwhile, join us at the OFS Kitchen Table!

The sixth gathering of this monthly series will take place on Tuesday, March 23rd at 18.00 GMT when we will discuss Tending the Garden: How Microbes Feed Us with Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery.

If you think of bacteria as something to be feared and wiped away with spray and cloth, now may be the time to change your mind!  Did you know that bacteria were fundamental to the creation of life on earth? And that our bodies wouldn’t exist as they do without bacteria? And that microbes are fundamental to both growing food and consuming it? And that they are fundamental to plant and human health?

This is one that your good life depends on.

Entry is open to all but seats are limited so that everyone’s voice can be heard. Click here to book.

“Normal” Yearly Timetable
mid-AugustWe define the following year's subject
mid-OctoberWe call for papers
mid-DecemberRegistration opens online
January 31Deadline for paper proposals
March 1stDeadline for Young Chefs Grants applications
March 15We send out notification of paper-acceptances
early June, possibly earlier when fully bookedRegistration closes
mid-JuneUnedited, draft papers are available to Symposiasts via the website
early JulySymposium Weekend, Proceedings of the previous year available in print
Latest news

Read reports on the VSymp spaceship’s glorious maiden voyage here and here.

Congratulations to our President, Claudia Roden on her lifetime achievement award. More details here.

Watch our 2019 plenary sessions from Marion Nestle, Carolyn Steel and Zita Cobb here

Listen to voices from the 2019 Symposium created by podcast producer Anna Sigrithur

“I was shocked in ways I didn’t think were possible!” Read about our Young Chefs’ experiences at this year’s Symposium here

All of our proceedings up to 2015 are available free on Google Books. Browse the papers here