Changing the Food System – Good, Clean and Fair Food for all Australians

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Slow Food Australia National Conference
23 August 2015 Ulladulla, South Coast NSW

Some of the most committed foodies in Australia will head to the NSW South Coast township of Ulladulla in August for the annual National Slow Food Conference.  Hosted by Slow Food Shoalhaven, more than 100 delegates, artisanal producers, industry representatives, small scale farmers and chefs will gather at the Ulladulla Civic Centre, 20-23 August, to discuss all matter of topics relating to food sustainability.

A global organisation founded in Italy in 1989, Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.  Since its inception, Slow Food has grown into a global, not-for-profit, volunteer-based organisation with supporters in over 175 countries.

Theme of the National Conference will be ‘Changing the Food System – Good, Clean and Fair Food for all Australians’, covering such issues as the protection of our unique biodiversity, food sustainability, labelling and what it entails to make food production ‘fair’.

Speakers include:-
·         the General Secretary of Slow Food International, Paolo di Croce, discussing ‘Why the global food system is broken’
·         Artisan Cheesemaker, Kris Lloyd, Head Cheesemaker of Woodside Cheese Wrights, South Australia.  Woodside Cheese Wrights has won numerous cheese awards throughout Australia and was the only Australian cheese maker to receive a gold medal at the 2008 World Cheese Awards in Dublin
·         Farmer, cook and television presenter, Matthew Evans, on ‘Sustainable Fishing and Food Labelling for Fish’
·         Alison Lansley from the Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association.   Alison is passionate about the quality end of the food industry, in particular cheese, and the agriculture and business activities that support it. She believes that far greater educational, financial, expertise and promotional support is needed for Australia’s artisan cheese industry to thrive.
·         Oyster farmer, David Maidment from Narooma.  David Maidment has been farming oyster in Wagonga Inlet on the South Coast of NSW since 1979.  More recently, David has been instrumental in reintroducing flat oysters (Ostrea Angasi) to NSW.
·         Pam Johnston, Porkery Hill Produce, free range pork farmer of large white breed pigs from Nowra Hill, a business based on the principle of “happy pigs means good tasting pork”. Pam was the Slow Food Shoalhaven delegate, 2014 Terra Madre in Italy.
·         ‘Bio Food for the Shoalhaven’, will be covered by Dr Pia Winberg, Founder of Venus Shell Systems, and a specialist in the development of seaweed cultivation systems for Australia.
Panel discussions and open sessions on international activities will also be on the  agenda.  Local producers will be on hand to showcase their Shoalhaven food products.

Open to both Slow Food members and non-members, the program commences on Thursday 20th August with an optional Food Tour choice of Northern or Southern Shoalhaven producers – including a Bush Tucker Forage and dairy, smoked fish, winery, piggery, cheeses and boutique beer tours.  This will be followed by Opening Cocktails at St Isidore Restaurant, Milton, on Thursdayevening.  The Conference will then continue at Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla, from 8:30am Friday 21st August until 12:30pm Sunday 23rd August.

Also on the program, a Slow Fish Dinner at Bannisters Mollymook on Friday 21st and a Nose to Tail – Slow Meat – Long Table Dinner at Cupitts Winery on Saturday 22nd August.

For further information or to register:  www.slowfoodshoalhaven.com.au

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