What we do

The Guild runs a variety of events through the year, from educational seminars to forums, and special social events. Often they are timed to fit in with the visit of an international food writer or hero.  Follow the link to our 'Events' page or take a look at the Calender to see this years coming events.  More

Professional development

Workshops, seminars, and masterclasses offer members the chance to improve their skills in subjects such as writing and sensory evaluation. Click Here


The Guild publishes  a bi-monthly newsletter, Pen & Palate, for members only. All members are encouraged to contribute to this publication. The Guild also advertisements for Pen & Palate. The Guild also posts material of interest to members on it's website - Click here for info

For more information about Pen & Palate including advertising rates click here


A bi-annual  two-three day conference is held with guest speakers and workshops at which issues of the moment are discussed. Speakers are invited to inform, educate and entertain members.  The conference is held in a different centre every two years and the conference programme generally includes visits to local culinary and foodie hotspots. Our last Conference was held in Dunedin in November 2013. The next Conference will be held in 2015.  More information here

The Culinary Quills

 A food writers awards programme is organised in conjunction with the bi-annual conference, with winners announced at the conference dinner. The Culinary Quills awards are generously sponsored by our corporate members and encourage food writers to extend their horizons.

To learn more about the awards click here.