March 10th, 2014 by Nina Macdonald
Dear Slow Food Members,
Every 2 years, Slow Food International collaborates with its worldwide network to hold Terra Madre in Turin, Italy. This is a one-of-a kind cultural exchange with people from around the world who are passionate about food. Farmers, fishers, chefs, Slow Food members, leaders and supporters come together for a 5-day event. Terra Madre, a political gathering of Slow Food delegates and supporters for conferences and workshops, is held simultaneously with Salone del Gusto (“Hall of Taste”) which is composed of three exhibit halls of food producers/vendors. The theme for this year’s Terra Madre event is “The Ark of Taste.” Salone del Gusto will contain a large exhibit of the International Ark of Taste. Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto is a unified event from October 23-27 with tickets available in May 2014. Each day visitors can enjoy food booths, vendors, tasting workshops, educational workshops, conferences, tours and dinners.
I was selected as delegate for this event in 2012. It was a fabulous life experience and gave me an appreciation of the very significant role played by Slow Food throughout the world. I was able to attend lectures, cooking classes, tastings and a variety of dinners. Slow Food is truly an organization that creates positive change in the world, both politically and at a personal level. I am writing about Terra Madre at this time as the dates have just been announced and the process of selecting delegates has just begun.
Diversity and a global consciousness are at the heart of Terra Madre. Delegates come from all around the world, representing the various communities, cultures, histories, and struggles, united under the banner of good, clean, and fair. Being a U.S. delegate – sponsored by Slow Food USA – comes with the honor and responsibility of showing up as a global citizen. Benefits to being a delegate include free admission, housing, food, and ground transportation during the event. Individuals who are not delegates can attend by purchasing a ticket and arranging their own travel, housing, and food. If you think you might be interested in attending Terra Madre or have questions, please feel free to contact me. It is a fabulous experience. It will make your involvement in Slow Food come alive!
Chair, Slow Food Orange County