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

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.

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Changing the Food System!

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!

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