Food Dialogues 30 Jun 2022 Food Dialogues is an annual programme of talks and events that focus on the local food system. Food Dialogues 2022 brings together a wide range of speakers involved in shaping the food system, providing an opportunity for food growers, academics, activists, writers, nutritionists, policy makers, food lovers and anyone interested in sustainable approaches, to engage in key issues intimately connected to the food we eat, and the future of food. The goal is to foster a healthier, more resilient, and just food system. Cooking, sharing and eating food also form an important element: Dialogues through Food. As South Africa and the world begin to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, questions about ‘returning to normal’ are met with questions about what the ‘new normal’ might be – or ought to be. The adversity of the experience of the pandemic has highlighted the challenges to many of the systems that sustain our society, our food system prominent among them. It also made clear that we remain vulnerable to the next shock – from disease, drought, or other causes – if we do not act to tackle these challenges. The 2022 Food Dialogues, taking place from the 18 July to 1 August, will consider the new normal by looking at key aspects of our food system – where we buy our food from, and how nourished we are from the food we eat – as well as how we can better partner to govern our food system, and how the medium of food itself can bring us insight and connection.