Slow Food Conference 2017

Slow Food Hunter Valley will host this year’s Slow Food National Conference from 2 August to 6 August 2017 in and around Maitland. We invite you to take time out and immerse yourself in everything the Slow Food movement is about.

Enjoy Slow Food’s hospitality, make new friends, renew old friendships, experience the wine, the rural and farming communities, and the wonderful produce that the Hunter Valley has to offer. Get inspired and return home with lots of ideas on how you can make a difference in your own community and make ‘good, clean, and fair a reality for all Australians.

Conference topics include: Guerrilla Farmers; Bread, Bees and Honey; Slow Wine; Slow Fish and Slow Meat. Speakers include Bruce Pascoe (award winning writer, editor and anthologist) and Amorelle Dempster (Australian councillor for Slow Food), Darren Bayley (Principal of Tocal Agricultural college), Noel Jupp (horticulturalist), Francesco Sottile (Associate Professor at University of Palermo, Italy – representing the Foundation for Biodiversity). The official launch of the first Slow Food Earth Market (collaboration between Slow Food Hunter Valley and Maitland Council) will also happen during the conference.

Full program can be found via this link.

The conference is open to delegates and the public.

Bookings essential – via this link.

We hope to see you there!

SF welcomes Townsville

Slow Food is very happy to welcome the newest member of the Slow Food in Australia family: Slow Food NQ (Townsville). This convivium was launched in December 2016 and they recently held their very first Slow Food NQ dinner, held at PePPi PePPi Italian Restaurant in Townsville.

Many local producers and Townsville foodies enjoyed the delicious menu prepared by chef Brent and the team at PePPi PePPi, featuring local produce and native ingredients. Amorelle Dempster – SF Australia councillor, and Renae Tobin from Tobin Fishtales in North Ward both gave keynote speeches on the evening. For more information contact Helen Hill (convivium leader) via: | Facebook: Slow Food Townsville | Instagram: slowfoodtownsville

Photo credit: Ros Budd, Budd Photography

Shoalhaven rewards local producers

Slow Food Shoalhaven has awarded its 2017 Shoalhaven Grows Producers Grant to the value of $5000 to three small scale producers from across the Shoalhaven region.

Caleb Graham – Maple Ridge Farm at Falls Creek, Tim Cooper – organic vegetable grower from Wandandian, and Joshua Strong of Strong Organics vegetables at Terara were the successful applicants. All three applicants will use the Grant money towards the acquisition of equipment that will help increase the efficiency and yield of their business.

‘We’re very happy to be able to reward the hard work of these young sustainable producers with some funding”, Rosie Cupitt, leader of Slow Food Shoalhaven said. “Our local small scale growers and producers are of crucial importance to the creation of a better local food community and I’m proud that our fundraising activities at events like the Milton Show and Gaia Farmers Market can feed directly back to our local community through these grants”.

The annual grants (awarded for the second time now), reflect Slow Food’s core philosophy of good, clean and fair food.

Noosa launches Snail of Approval

“To change the world, you have to change the menu first”

Slow Food Noosa is launching the Snail of Approval Program in 2017.
This recognition program aims to inspire producers, chefs, restaurant owners and food outlets to use and promote good, clean and fair ingredients from the local Noosa area.

Businesses can be recognised if they produce food which is good, clean and fair.

  • GOOD: seasonal, local, quality, flavoursome and healthy food
  • CLEAN: sustainable production with low impact on the environment
  • FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers and staff/workers

The recognition scheme includes the following benefits for local businesses:

  • Snail of Approval decal to be displayed at place of business
  • Use of the Slow Food Noosa Snail of Approval logo on menus and/or publicity materials in accordance with our guidelines
  • Listing on the Slow Food Noosa website directory of recognised businesses
  • Business displayed as a recognised Snail of Approval recipient on a number of Food Trails featured in the region (tbc and subject to print runs)
  • Included in the International directory of Slow Food producers and eateries – Slow Food Planet mobile application.
  • Slow Food operates in over 150 different countries, so tourists, especially those from Europe, other parts of Australia, Asia and North America, realise the significance of the snail and often choose to visit establishments that comply with Slow Food principles.

Who can apply?

Businesses that support the philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair food that are based in the area between Caloundra and Tin Can Bay and out to the Mary Valley (loosely). Nominations can come from growers, restaurants, cafes, food artisans, retail outlets. Successful applicants must be, or make application to be, members of Slow Food Noosa.

The application process is free. However it is expected that successful applicants support the Slow Food movement by becoming (or already are) members of Slow Food Noosa.