An appetite for change: Eating wisely and well

Friday 28 September 2018

The Aldeburgh Food Festival conferences address pressing issues about our food choices, identifying areas where change is needed. Past ‘appetite for change’ conferences have focused on the sustainability of our eating habits, our treatment of the sea and food security. This year at our fourth conference we’re concentrating on the impact of diet on health.

There’s no hiding from it. Every day, scientists and food experts – including the key figures at our conference – add weight to the case that we need to change what and how we eat. Problems associated with obesity and diet-related disease have now become a serious concern for us all.

Our keynote speakers will share the latest findings in consumer and medical research to provide a clear picture of the current situation. We’ll discover exactly what supermarket consumers are buying and learn more about the research of the Quadram Institute, which opens at the Norwich Research Park this year to lead investigations into food science, gut biology and health.

We’ll also hear how change could be possible with local producers and Suffolk businesses helping lead the way. Our speakers will discuss the role of regional food and the health advantages of food from short supply chains, while offering suggestions for encouraging consumer interest – now and after Brexit.

Panellists from local food businesses and education, together with chef Thomasina Miers, will join our speakers to answer questions from the audience and debate the problems and solutions offered. If you have a question or would like to express your views, you will have an opportunity to share your thoughts.

This year, the issues being tackled affect everyone. There’s no doubt about it – we need to change our eating habits if we are going to safeguard our health. We hope our conference will help to encourage the necessary changes and inspire more of us to enjoy a healthier diet.

Who should attend the conference

  • Farmers, food producers and food retailers
  • Cooks, chefs and caterers
  • Public health workers and doctors
  • Scientists, teachers and students
  • Decision makers
  • Local authority councillors and officials
  • Anyone interested in the link between diet and health

Book your place

Tickets are £35 (include a 2 course lunch) and available to book online >

Further information

If you would like any further information about the conference, please email

We would like to thank our sponsors, Micropathology Ltd, EU Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network (the SKIN project*), East of England Co-op and Larking Gowen who are lending their support to this event.

* This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement N.728055.