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Slow Food workshop for the King Valley

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We all know that the term ‘fast food’ equates to McDonalds et al. Have you ever heard of the world wide ‘slow food movement’?

At the beginning, it was just a playful tweaking, a good-humoured philosophical shot at the ubiquitous burger, symbol of a minute-made and minute-mad world. McDonald’s was poised to invade Rome’s beautiful Piazza di Spagna at the base of the famed Spanish steps. (ref: Global ideas bank).

The Slow Food movement, coined in response to “fast food”, claims to preserve the cultural cuisine and the associated food plants and seeds, domestic animals, and farming within an ecoregion. It was begun by Carlo Petrini in Italy as a resistance movement to fast food but has since expanded globally to 100 countries and now has 83,000 members. It now describes itself (humorously) as an “eco-gastronomy faction” within the ecology movement, and some refer to the movement as the “culinary wing” of the anti-globalization movement. It announced the opening of a new University of Gastronomic Sciences at Pollenzo, in Piedmont, Italy in 2004. Carlo Petrini and Massimo Montanari are the leading figures in the creation of the University, whose goal is to promote awareness of good food and nutrition. (ref: Wikipedia).

With funding from the Rural City of Wangaratta, the King Valley Tourism Association is planning a slow food workshop to promote the King Valley and the North East convivium (chapter) of this world wide movement.

The date for the workshop has not yet been set but it will be held soon after the ‘End of Harvest Festival’ scheduled for Sunday 25th April. Interested wine and food lovers are invited to contact Gwenda Canty, of Casa Luna, on 57 297 650 for more information.

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Written by Greg Naylor

23 February 2006 at 10:16 am

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