The 2015 Slow Food Australia National Conference is a chance to come together with supporters of the movement for good, clean and fair food, be inspired by guest chefs, producers and experts working to “Change the Food System” and explore the picturesque Shoalhaven region and its food culture, just three hours south of Sydney.
Running from August 20-23 in the coastal town of Ulladulla, the conference theme “Changing the Food System! Good, Clean & Fair for All Australians”, will be presented through updates on Slow Food’s projects and campaigns as well as discussions and speakers on important issues like sustainable seafood, ethical meat production, consumer choice and labelling and raw milk cheese.
The event gets underway on Thursday August 20 with tours to visit producers across the region, well known for its fishing, meat, dairy and fresh produce and wineries, guided by members of host group Slow Food Shoalhaven. The main conference program then runs from Friday to Sunday.
Sustainable seafood and the Slow Fish campaign will be discussed on day one, with contributions from guests including the Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans, host of 2015 TV program What’s the Catch; David Maidment, NSW south coast oyster farmer and producer of the Angasi Oyster Ark of Taste product; and Dr Pia Winberg, founder of Venus Shell Systems, a Shoalhaven seaweed producer. A Slow Fish dinner will follow at Rick Stein’s at Bannisters, with a menu designed by Rick to highlight a restaurant’s perspective on sustainable seafood.
The Slow Cheese campaign and Australia’s raw milk debate will be in the spotlight on Saturday, with Alison Lansley from the Australian Specialist Cheesemakers Association and Kris Lloyd of acclaimed Woodside Cheese Wrights and Chair of the Artisan Cheese Making Academy – Australia. The conference will move to Cupitt’s Winery in the evening, with a nose-to-tail dinner highlighting the Slow Meat campaign; speakers include Greg Stuart of Minto Galloways, an Australian delegate to the Slow Meat meeting in the USA this June, and Moorlands Demeter Biodynamic lamb producer Vince Heffernan.
The events wraps up with formal proceedings on Sunday, with presentations from Paolo Di Croce, General Secretary of Slow Food International from Italy, and Amorelle Dempster, Slow Food International Councillor for Australia.
Make sure you also allow some time to enjoy the scenic and gastronomic offerings of Shoalhaven region!