Slow Food Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has a unique culinary heritage with indigenous breads, fish from loughs, world class produce and progressive artisans contributing to the agri-food sector in the province.

Within Slow Food NI our aim is to work closely with farming and community groups to raise awareness of the global movement and increase membership. Our focus will be to target schools and FE colleges directly to encourage young people to join. We also wish to raise awareness and funds for the 10,000 Gardens in Africa charity and to address food poverty and food waste issues.

There are currently 4 Chef Alliance members in NI and we hope to increase that number. The Ark of Taste currently has two foods representing NI and we will increase that in 2016.

We are already working with councils to develop the SAINT initiative from a food perspective and we have the full support of Food NI and Tourism NI to take Slow Food forward. 2016 will be the Year of Food and Drink in NI and Slow Food NI will play a major part in this.

We also work with food producers taking their products to achieve PGI and PDO status.

NI was represented at Terra Madre in 2014 but we believe we should have a strong independent presence in 2016.

We look forward to welcoming you to Slow Food NI and taking the “good, clean, fair” ethos to the province.

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