The Table is Set! Conference on Food Identity and European Cities

This conference offers interactive presentations and debates between researchers, city representatives and food practitioners on new trends in the food system and cities’ role in it. The conference has a central focus on food identity and sociocultural inclusion with the specific setting of Almere as a highly diverse multicultural society. The programme offers various lectures of renowned speakers and several interactive workshops.


Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Anke Brons, Koen van der Gaast, Jan-Eelco Jansma, Lenno Munnikes, Gaby van der Wens, Esther Veen, Stefan Wahlen and Carolyn Steel.




Conference Pavilion, Floriade Expo 2022

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From Carrot Stew to Sopropo: The Changing Appetite of Almere

Lessons from 4-year research on the Almere food system by Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Anke Brons, Koen van der Gaast and Jan-Eelco Jansma

Innovation Lab Almere

Presentation of Flevo Campus and Aeres University Lectorate:Urban Food Issues research by Lenno Munnikes, Gaby van der Wens and Esther Veen

What lessons can we learn from cities?

Inspiring pitches from different cities’ experiences as living labs of Europe

Food Identity, Practices and Policies for Sustainable Food Consumption

Key speech and reflection by Stefan Wahlen, Professor of Food Sociology at Giessen University

Innovation workshops: discussing researchers and cities’ latest trends

Parallel, interactive workshops focusing on the latest trends and good practices presented by a mix of researchers, cities and professionals, including:

  • Debate with young researchers on The Changing Appetite of Almere
  • Master Class with Carolyn Steel, Author of “Hungry City” and “Sitopia”
  • Cooking workshop on Sustainable gastronomy with chefs from Valencia and Almere
  • Exchange of city experiences with Living labs
  • Sensory experience and food behaviour in Almere Citizen Lab.

Entrance, tickets, and location

Entrance and participation are free of charge. However, to access the location of the conference, you need to have a valid entrance ticket or Floriade Pass for the Floriade Expo 2022. In addition, registration for the conference is required via this registration.



The Table is Set is a joint initiative of the Municipality of Almere, Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Flevo Campus, Floriade Expo 2022, Province of Flevoland, Eurocities Working Group Food, and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.