Five years since the birth of Slow Food in the UK, 70 delegates from the
four Nations assembled in London early in 2020.
joined by Paolo di Croce, Secretary General of Slow Food International, and Elisa Demichelis, our representative at Slow Food
stimulating and inspiring day provided a snapshot of where we are now as a
movement, with presentations from the leaders of all four nations, and the
International Councillor, highlighting the campaigns, actions and events of
note, from Climate Change to children’s health, biodiversity to support for
small-scale producers. And much more!
were also excellent examples of Slow Food in action. For example, how Big Barn and Slow Food Birmingham have created
a new supply eco-system, using digital technology to connect local ‘slow’
supplier with consumers.
Shane Holland from
Slow Food England presented an innovative partnership that will ultimately
integrate a supply of good, nutritious food into the NHS in a deprived area of
And the Congress took time to
present the Slow Food Person of the Year Award for 2019 to Paolo Arrigo
of Franchi Seeds, who built the silver medal-winning Ark
of Taste Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show. He embeds Slow Food values in all
he does, and is a huge supporter of school and community gardens.
Of course, we also heard
about the many challenges for our ‘square pegs in round holes’ to confront in
Paolo di Croce had a
passionate challenge for the UK movement to ‘raise our eyes’ as we approach the
critical International Congress in Turin in October.
We’re all part of a powerful,
global network of people who share a vision, and with the right focus we can
play a real role with others in confronting the realities of climate change.
As Slow Food moves
towards the Slow Food Congress, Paolo also encouraged everyone to read the Slow
Food ‘Urgent Call to Slow Down’ that will form Slow Food’s overall strategy for
continued at the closing dinner at Slow Food Supporter restaurant, Petersham