Slow Food Scotland is delighted to be hosting a visit from the father of the Slow Food, recognised as one of the most important figures in world food and the defence of biodiversity.
Named by Time Magazine as a European ‘Hero of Our Time’, a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the UN and the only Italian on The Guardian list of ’50 people who could save the planet’, Carlo Petrini will be returning to Scotland after a first visit to the founding congress of Slow Food in the UK in 2005.
His five-day itinerary (24th – 28th February) will include lectures in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, meetings with local Slow Food members and leaders, chefs, producers, educators and government.
Carlo will also take part in events in the run-up to Milan 2015 Expo, in conjunction with the Italian Consulate.
‘This is an exciting time for Slow Food Scotland as we complete the devolution into a truly national body and now we have the opportunity to be inspired and challenged by Carlo Petrini. The interest has been tremendous with events like the Edinburgh lecture selling out in hours. We look forward to engaging with all those who believe that everyone in Scotland deserves a food system that is truly good, clean and fair.’ commented John Cooke of Slow Food Scotland.
Highlights of the visit:
A lunch hosted by Slow Food Chef Alliance member Neil Forbes at Café St Honore.
A public lecture and debate in conjunction with Queen Margaret University’s Gastronomy Department, focusing on Scotland’s aspiration to be a ‘Good Food Nation’. (National Galleries, Edinburgh, 6pm 25th Feb)
A visit to the Scottish Parliament to meet Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment.
A trip to East Ayrshire, hosted by Slow Food West of Scotland, to Dunlop Dairy, with local school children performing a ‘Taste of Burns’, and a chance to meet local members of the Ayrshire Food Network.
In Glasgow, Carlo will be lecturing at the University of Glasgow (2.30pm 27th Feb) on the subject of ‘From Food to Freedom – the struggle for a local agriculture’, as well addressing a Milan Expo 2105 event at the Glasgow Science Centre.
Finally, Carlo will meet producers and Slow Food Edinburgh members at Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market at 10am 28th Feb, and enjoy a farewell lunch at Contini Cannonball.
Attached Picture: Carlo Petrini, leader and co-founder of the Slow Food movement.
John Cooke firstname.lastname@example.org 07866 591885 (Scotland)
Paola Nano email@example.com +39 329 8321285 (International)
What is Slow Food? Slow Food involves over a million of people dedicated to and passionate about ‘good, clean and fair’ food, and creating a food system that reflects those value. This includes chefs, youth, activists, farmers, fishers, experts and academics in over 158 countries; a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide (known as convivia), contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organise; and over 2,500 Terra Madre food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.
What are our values? For Slow Food ‘good, clean and fair’ sees food in a unique holistic perspective. ‘Good’ means healthy, nutritious and tasty, ‘clean’ means food that does not compromise the environment or bio-diversity, whilst ‘fair’ denotes food that is produced in a socially-just, non-exploitative system.
Our actions Our engagement happens at all levels, from EU policy to organisations defending indigenous peoples, and through events like the Terra Madre global gathering every two years that draws nearly quarter of a million people to Turin. Our Ark of Taste programme has catalogued over 2250 foods from across the world, whilst Presidia products offer direct support to maintain threatened food communities. Other initiatives support sustainable fishing, traditional cheese, sustainable meat and the fight against GMO and land-grabbing. Most recently, Slow Food’s 10 000 Gardens in Africa programme as provided local food production resilience against ebola.
Slow Food Scotland Slow Food has been operating in Scotland for over a decade, with its largest convivial in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Following a recent re-organisation led by leaders in Scotland, England and Wales, Slow Food in the UK has been largely devolved from central UK control to national bodies able to react better to local conditions, aspirations and culture, whilst co-operating on matters that have a common cause. This process will be concluded this year, with Slow Food Scotland holding its founding AGM in March 2014.
In 2014, Slow Food Scotland led a delegation of Scots chefs, producers, students and leaders to Terra Madre in Turin, as well as organising the first ever Scottish Terra Madre gathering at home.
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