Curious about food issues but want a cheaper alternative to SXSW? Check out this symposium

If you’re always bummed to have to miss out on the food programming at SXSW Eco or SXSW Interactive, here is your chance to nerd out about global and local food issues for a fraction of the price.


The Austin Registered Dietitians Alliance is hosting its annual wellness symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 with speakers including state rep. Eddie Rodriguez and FARFA executive director Judith McGeary.

This year’s theme is “World Food and Hunger: Think Globally, Act Locally,” and the speakers will cover urban farms, soil and water, food access, the food system, school gardens, public heath during disasters, the global network behind the Red Cross and a workshop about what dietitians need to know about GMOS and ethics. (That’s a lot of food knowledge to be gained in one day, if you ask me.)

The daylong event costs $75 for ARDA members, $85 for the general public and $40 for students, including lunch. Guests have until Feb. 5 to pre-register at Day-of registration costs $90 while seats are available.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and

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