The Festival Industrial Complex

How food festivals hurt the chefs they’re meant to help

In “The Festival Industrial Complex,” Hanna Raskin tallies the hidden costs of participating in festivals that expect hospitality professionals to work for free.

The Southern Foodways Alliance commissioned this article for the L.A. Times. Raskin will present her research at our 22nd annual Southern Foodways Symposium, Oct. 24-26 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

For 2019, SFA has explored the labor of food through symposia, journalism, oral histories, documentary films, and other media.

Stay tuned tomorrow for three more SFA-commissioned journalistic investigations into the labor of food.

Illustration by Tim Lahan for L.A. Times