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Authors & Presenters

Ian Parmenter

Ian Parmenter is a noted food, wine and travel writer, and broadcaster; the founding Festival Director of Tasting Australia; and the former presenter/producer of the award-winning ABCTV series Consuming Passions. He has worked for federal and state governments in promoting food, wine and tourism in Australia and overseas, principally in the US and Europe. In 2011, Ian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the Australian food and tourism industries.

In 1992, Ian was thrust in front of the camera to present ABCTV’s Consuming Passions, a food show of which 450 episodes went on to air for 10 years in Australia and 15 other countries.

In 1995/6, he won two major international prizes for Consuming Passions at the Festivale Tele-Gourmande in France, including the top prize, the Grand Prix, in 1996.

In 1997, Ian initiated Tasting Australia, a biennial festival of food, wine and beer, which attracted the media, food professionals and the general public to Adelaide to experience the best that Australia has to offer on the plate and in the glass. He also has been a key event director with G’Day USA, the major promotion of Australia held in North America.

Ian is a strong believer in supporting and promoting Australian chefs and food and drink producers. He supports the concept of food and wine tourism and actively promotes Australia as a culinary destination. He was a founder member of the Margaret River Food Group, which established the first farmers’ markets in Western Australia’s southwest.

Ian’s vision is to put edible gardens into all Australian primary schools to give young people a chance to discover where their food comes from and to enjoy the pleasures of the table. With that in mind, he is WA ambassador for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. He was instrumental in establishing the kitchen garden at the Margaret River Primary School.
Ian has been closely involved with the Kambarang Festival in Margaret River, bringing aboriginal high school students studying cookery to the region.

Voyager Writers Room

Coffee & Papers

Saturday | 4 May | 9:30am

Start your morning with a coffee, the day’s news and hot topics as told by our journalists, festival guests and local icons. Features: Ian Parmenter, Ian Mutch, Rosemary Sayer, Gillian O’Shaughnessy and Chris Hammer.

Presented by: Glynn Greensmith  |  Sponsored by: Augusta Margaret River Mail & Post Newspapers

Cost: $10 or included in Festival pass

Exclusive Satellite Event – Cape Lodge

Memories, Media and Chateaubriand

Sunday | 5 May | 06:30pm

A lively evening of conversation, music, and nosh-stalgia at Cape Lodge. Join acclaimed Australian journalist and broadcaster, Geraldine Doogue, in conversation with lapsed journalist, TV producer/presenter and writer, Ian Parmenter, as they reflect on their early days in the Perth media landscape… and what has happened since.

Features a grand dinner prepared by Chef Tony Howell showcasing dishes from the 1970s and 80s, paired with top wines. Plus, enjoy live music and an exhibition of works by legendary cartoonist Paul Rigby.

Tickets: $175 | Arts Hub Members: $165 | Long table seating $145
Includes Pre dinner drinks, 4 Course Dinner with wines and plenty of entertainment!



Ian Parmenter


Coffee & Papers

Writers Room
Saturday | 4 May | 9:30am

Exclusive Satellite Event

Memories, Media and Chateaubriand

Cape Lodge
Sunday | 5 May | 6:30pm
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