Borough Market launches series of virtual food talks


Borough Market is launching a series of weekly lunchtime culinary talks with featuring guest speakers from around the world, shared via Zoom. 

The ‘Borough Talks’ season kicks off at 1pm on 13 May with bestselling author Melissa Hemsley, who will be discussing the global impact and sustainability of our food choices in light of Covid-19, as well as insights into recipes from her books Eat Happy and recently released Eat Green. To register click here. 

The talks will be hosted by Borough Market Cookbook Club’s Angela Clutton, and the season will continue with a host of industry names.

20 May 1pm
A global city view on lockdown, food and community with Yasmin Fahr in New York, Rachel Roddy in Rome, and Regula Ysewijn in Antwerp.

Leading food-writers from around the world discuss what the lockdown has been like in their cities, building a picture of how different countries are coping and what the longer term food impacts might be. 

The speakers will share how they’ve been getting their food and the meals they’ve been cooking up in quarantine, as well as the broader picture of their cities’ differing food pressure-pointsTo register click here

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Melissa Hemsley. Credit Sarah Malcolm

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27 May 1pm 
Falastin – the food and stories of Palestine with Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley.

Sami Tamimi (co-founder of Ottolenghi) and co-collaborator Tara Wigley will be discussing their new book, Falastin, based on Sami’s childhood in Palestine and Tara’s journey into the universe of tahini, za’atar and shatta. Find out about the food, people and stories of Palestine that lie behind this ground-breaking and modern Middle Eastern cookbook. To register click here

3 June 1pm
Food and our mental health with Kimberley Wilson.

Why are so many more of us baking our way through lockdown? Join psychologist Kimberley Wilson for a discussion about some of the mental health issues surrounding our relationship with food and how those might be heightened by the impact of Covid-19, lockdowns, ensuing family and financial pressures and potentially limited supplies.

She’ll be talking about the relationships between stress and digestion; the links between food and depression; and how food can be used to ‘manage’ anxiety. To register click here.  

Nadra Shah, head of communications and marketing for Borough Market said: “Sourcing and cooking food has been a focus for all of us during lockdown. 

“We know that more people than ever are rediscovering cooking, sharing recipes and virtual meals with friends and family as a way of lifting their spirits and finding connection with others. 

“The new Borough Talks series aims to inspire our wider community and explore important issues and lessons learned from cities around the world – with food at the heart of the discussion.”

Borough Market remains open for business from Monday to Saturday, with social distancing measures in place. 


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