If you are in charge of running an event for foodies, it can be quite intimidating to plan a menu. However, there is no reason to worry, as foodies are always eager to learn more about local foods and drinks, which means planning an interesting event is easy. Here are some tips to get you started.
Get a local chef to participate
Even if you can't afford to have a top level chef to prepare the food for your function, you might be able to get a chef to come along for a talk (especially of they can use this as a chance to promote a book or upcoming event at their restaurant). They can also 'advise' on the menu which means that they provide some ideas of what can be served and what techniques can be used but more available cooks and chefs can actually do the work.
Get some local suppliers to participate
People are getting more and more interested in the province of the food, which can be a great way to introduce new local suppliers to foodies. It can be good not only to have them showing off their food but also to run interviews discussing how they decided what to grow and how they have come to decisions such as going organic. Passionate foodies often like to support local producers who are making efforts to elevate the local scene and it can be a good way for them to discover food producers that may not have agreements with local stores or retail outlet yet.
Get some local indigenous leaders to participate
Another way to differentiate your function is to get local indigenous leaders to participate and talk about the kinds of food that they traditionally ate. You can decorate the function venue with pictures of this food in the wild and get the venue to serve some of the traditional foods in some new ways. It can be a great way to introduce people to some foods that they may not be familiar with that are easy to grow in your local environment.
Running an event for foodies can be a great chance to think creatively and have a great function that will get people talking for weeks to come. Why not chat to your function venue to see the best ways to combine tasting new foods and listening to some inspiring chefs and food producers talk about their biggest passion?