Slow Food in Australia

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. Our concept of food is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.

News

South Coast Small Producers Grant

South Coast Producer Grant
Attention to all small-scale growers, fishermen, and food producers on the South Coast! The local convivium is again able to offer a ‘Producers Grant’ to help small-scale producers achieve their goals of becoming better local growers or producers. Applications are open till the 30th of June.

Food Security in Australia

Cosmos, 4 February 2022.- Jamie Priest wrote this article for Cosmos, an Australian science online magazine. On it, she collected research and interviews on how climate change and other factors are affecting the country's food security. For example, it highlights the fragile situation of remote locations in central Australia where finding fresh food is difficult as well as expensive.

Air pollution reduces the ability of butterflies and bees to pollinate flowers and crops, study finds

ABC Science, 7th January, 2022. A study looking at the impacts of common air pollutants has found that flower pollination is significantly lower where pollution is present. The presence of air pollution, even at levels lower than US national guidelines, appeared to be interfering with the insects' ability to sniff out flowers and could reduce rates of pollination in areas where air pollution is high, they said.

Projects

Perpetual Food Bowl Initiative

Have you ever toyed with the idea of growing a little of your own food but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you don’t have much space? We have just the package for you – introducing our new perpetual Food Bowl Kit! This exciting new project is designed to encourage and support novice gardeners to have a go at growing some food in their own space and it is wholly funded by Slow Food Hunter Valley.

Food Education

Slow Food believes that by understanding where our food comes from, how it was produced, and by whom, adults and children can learn how to combine pleasure and responsibility in daily choices and appreciate the cultural and social importance of food.

Earth Market

It is an international network of markets that works in accordance with the principles of Slow Food. The protagonists are small producers and food craftsmen. They sell only what they produce and can personally guarantee the quality of their products which are local, fresh, and seasonal. In Australia, Slow Food Hunter Valley organises the Maitland Earth Market.

Events

Olive Festival in Toodyay

Olives in Gidgegannup
Gidgegannup, WA9 May 2022
Swan Valley and Eastern Region Slow Food in WA, is organizing a great festival, where local producers will be challenged. The best olives and the best oils of the festival of the season will be chosen during the event. This family activity will take place at the Gidgegannup Showground, on May 9th of 2022, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Come along and enjoy a day full of great activities and tastes!

Slow Food Brisbane AGM and celebration of Quandamooka

Wynnum, Queensland20 Mar 2022
The AGMs are very important for all the convivial that make up Slow Food in Australia. Brisbane is hosting their AGM on 20th March from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. They will also be celebrating Quandamooka, making known the culture of these Australian aboriginal people who live in the surroundings of Moreton Bay, in Queensland.

Ottoman Flavours For a Saturday Evening

Berry, NSW19 Mar 2022
Let yourself be carried away by the magic and flavors of the Middle East and enjoy an afternoon full of good times and food to remember. Slow Food Berry to JB has taken the inspiration from the Ottoman cuisine to bring a unique high tea session to their community. Come and be part of this celebration of flavours and camadarery.

Terra Madre 2021

Terra Madre is the largest international event dedicated to food, the environment, agriculture, and food politics, organized by Slow Food and it is a unique opportunity to meet and hear from the activists, food producers, cooks, experts, academics, and youth who work daily to shape the future of food in a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable direction.

Terra Madre Day 2021 is going to run from the 1st to the 10th of December. In some regions of Australia, our convivia are organising activities to showcase the values and principles of Terra Madre, which this year is promoting “Back to the Roots: Food and Community”.

Terra Madre in Australia

Check the events that are happening in the Oceania region.

Terra Madre International

Visit Slow Food International for more information of what is happening in other regions.