Barbara Sweeney

Food Writer and Talks Host

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Barbara writes about food – as a columnist and feature writer for Country Style magazine, writing about her encounters with curious piglets, beekeepers and pineapple growers – and the creator of the annual Food & Words writers’ festival, which is held at The Mint in September.

In a lifetime of working in hospitality, Barbara has owned a small country café, worked in a 100-year-old Italian palazzo hotel and presented food segments for radio and television. She’s revelled in all the experiences that have come her way: sipping on vintage wines, meeting top chefs, stamping through fields with farmers and, most of all, sitting at the table – especially the Christmas Table. 

Barbara cannot imagine a life without cooking and eating – or writing and talking about either.