The Airfield Estate Food Series continues on Thursday, September 7th, with Food Literacy: Unearthing the Knowledge Gap as the theme. Prof Bill Schindler, chair of the anthropology department at Washington College, and Kenneth Hojgaard of Copenhagen Food House, a foundation established by the city of Copenhagen in 2007 with the aim of creating a healthy, sustainable public food culture, are the overseas speakers.
Dr. Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington College, USA will be talking about the importance of taking a comprehensive look at how technological developments impacted our 3.4 million year dietary past and how it resulted in who we are today both biologically and culturally. He believes this perspective provides the context with which to view the modern diet and is a necessary step forward in order to make meaningful changes to our knowledge and relationship with food, the environment and one another.
They will be joined by a panel of educators and industry figures, and students from Belvedere College and Santa Sabina Dominican College will debate the motion that practical food education should be compulsory in schools.
The sessions concludes with a “nose to tail, root to shoot” supper, sourced from Airfield’s 38 acres of farm, fields and gardens in Dundrum, Dublin. The programme of talks and discussions begins at 3.30pm and will run until 7.30pm, followed by supper. Tickets, €40 (students €20), can be booked at airfield.ie.
The following weekend, Airfield hosts its annual food festival, with busy programmes of events running from 9.30am each day.