What is FADS?

FADS is the acronym for Western Australia’s Food and Drink Symposium. 

Who should attend FADS?


FADS aims to bring together chefs, farmers, producers, retailers, educators and eaters. Whether you work in the industry or just a consumer of it, we want you to grab a seat and join us to learn about and celebrate our food and drink community, and be inspired by the people and stories behind it.

What can I expect at FADS?

A full day program of talks, panel discussions and workshops. We’ll keep your mind stimulated all day and your stomach full with lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.

What’s in the program

What’s a FADS Conversation?

FADS Conversations are intimate afternoon breakout group sessions in which attendees have the opportunity to pick the brains of various FADS presenters. See list of FADS Conversations.

Who is speaking at FADS?

See list of Speakers.

Is food provided?

A full day of catering will be provided including lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Are drinks provided?

Free water will be provided. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Is parking available?

There is free parking at the Claremont Showgrounds, entry via Gate 1.

Public transport

Please note that the train will not be stopping at the Showgrounds Station but you can get off at Claremont Station on Sunday and it’s a short walk to Jim Webster Pavilion, entry via Gate 1.

Who is behind FADS?

Through many food related chats and a common desire to create an event that stimulates the mind as well as the appetite, we (Katrina Lane and Ai-Ling Truong) joined forces at Food Land Culture to present FADS.

Katrina Lane is known for her passion for good seasonal food and advocacy of local producers through her renowned Summer Long Table events, Farm to Table at Gourmet Escape 2014, 2015, Talks from the Source at Gourmet Escape 2016 and Taste of Balingup 2006-2015.

Ai-Ling Truong is the organiser of Perth’s food truck festival, Food Truck Rumble. She has been the Food Curator for TEDxPerth since 2012 and was the Food Curator for Urban Locavore 2013-2015. Ai-Ling also chaired the organising committee for the fourth national food blogging conference, Eat Drink Blog in Perth, 2013.