english with russian translation

How does the food we eat shape the fabric of a city, and what impact do urban markets have on the lives of city-dwellers? What is the role and significance of urban gastronomy, and how can we resolve the problems created by the feeding of ever-larger cities? These and many other questions were discussed at the first of our annual conferences looking at food, not simply as a necessity or a luxury, but as a powerful instrument and influence on the life of a city.

Exploring these issues with us was an international line-up of speakers from diverse backgrounds in academia, business and politics. The conference included open lectures, seminars with audience participation, and practical workshops. The first day was devoted to the culture of food, its value in contemporary society, food and self-identity, and the food policies of municipal authorities. On the second day we looked at urban markets and their place in the life of the modern megapolis. There also were discussions about food as a constituent in city branding, and street pop-up cafe by Local Food project and Estorama design studio on July 11.

Conference сurators – Elena Voltsinger and Carolyn Steel.

Conference program:

11th July

12:00 – 24:00 Street market: 16 street food pop-up cafes under the pedestrian bridge
15:00 –17:00 Workshop “Grain”
17:30 -18:00 Introductory speech by the programme’s curators
18:00 – 19:30 Discussion “Food culture and value
20:00 – 22:00 Discussion “Food and city policy
22:30 – 24:00 “Soul Kitchen” screening

12th July

15:00–17:00 Workshop “Urban harvest
17:30–19:30 Discussion “Markets and urban food space
20:00–21:30 Discussion “Food and city image”
21:30-22:00 Discussion of the conference’s results


Boris Akimov - ideologist behind LavkaLavka farming project (Russia)

Nataly Bagaeva - specialist in vertical gardening, organizer behind “Vertical healing gardens” community (Russia)

Peter Carl – architect, professor at London Metropolitan University (UK)

Kath Dalmeny – Policy Director of Sustain (UK)

Vera Frolova – dean of botanical gardens faculty, Moscow State Forest University (Russia)

Trine Hahnemann – chef, television presenter and culinary activist (Denmark)

Alexander Ivanov – Department of Trade and Services of Moscow (Russia)

Kirill Kobrin - writer, historian, journalist, editor (UK)

Pere Xavier Sirvent Mir – head of Spain’s programme for market development (Spain)

Ivan Mitin – PhD in Geography, editor-in-chief of “Cultural and Humanitarian Geography” magazine (Russia)

Maxim Popov - director of Danilovskii food market (Russia)

Vilhelm Relander - head of City of Helsinki food culture strategy / Helsinki foodism (Finland)

Wayne Roberts - retired manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council (Canada)

Yury Rogachev - PhD in agriculture, chief agronomist at Sechenov botanical garden (Russia)

Andrei Sharonov - deputy mayor of Moscow for economic policy (Moscow)

Olga and Pavel Siutkin – professional chefs, authors of culinary books (Russia)

Carolyn Steel – architect and writer, author of the UK bestseller Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives (UK)

Alexei Zimin - editor-in-chief at Afisha Eda magazine (Russia)