We joined the slow food organisation nearly two years ago. The movement was set up over 20 years ago by an Italian who realised if nothing was done local producers and traditional cuisine would disappear.
Slow food is the opposite of fast food and encourages everyone to take time to enjoy eating good food with family and friends.The imagine that always comes into my head is Mediterranean families sitting under a pergola covered in vines, enjoying their food and drink- (English version of this below, when we had some warm weather!)
The movement's aim is to promote food that is :-
Ga fresh and flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture;
FAIR - accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.
There are now slow food groups in 150 Countries and each country runs their own projects . Slow food UK is running projects on Slow food baby and slow food on campus. For further information see slow food.
Our local group in Dorset arrange visits to local producers to learn how they produce their food and also to
sample their delights! These visits have changed the way we buy food and help us to appreciate how good local food can be. Since visiting a bakers in May I now bake 2 loaves a week, and we now only buy better quality sliced bread for sandwiches. Although we still spend the same amount of money on bread per week it is so much tastier and enjoyable.
We also have a quite a number of farmers markets in Dorset which we enjoy visiting and buying from. Do you buy much local food too?
It was sad news to hear about the barn fire at River Cottage HQ,I 'm glad no one was hurt.I have had lectures and a meal in the barn and it was a very special place.