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People and Places

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A delegation from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy, visited the area during February because of our, and the food producers in our area’s commitment to the ideals of the Slow Food movement. The university also wanted to learn more about our markets and the wide range of products produced in the Garden Route.

Slow Food sends a strong signal about the importance of the legacy of skills and knowledge in local communities, from both an agricultural and a gastronomic perspective - a heritage that is at risk of being lost all around the world.

We have to look at developing local projects to keep these skills and inherent local knowledge intact. And while it is often difficult to find the funding needed to successfully administer such projects, it would be much easier to secure funding with the written backing and support of Slow Food International.

We were proud to showcase our local markets and products to the delegation from the University of Gastronomic Sciences from Italy. Not only was it the perfect opportunity to promote our local produce to an international market, but the ideal platform for levering support from Slow Food International on local development activities – all in an effort to preserve our local agricultural and gastronomic heritage.

And of course this visit was perfectly timed with our Sedgefield Slow Festival just around the corner (29 – 31 March), showing us why life should not be lived in the fast lane.

Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. The organization develops projects, events and activities all around the world to defend food biodiversity, develop networks, promote food and taste education and to connect producers with consumers. The University of Gastronomic Sciences is situated in Bra, Italy, and was founded in 2004 by Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food movement.

Please visitwww.slowfood.com for more information on the Slow Food movement.