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Slow Cheese 2013

Slow Cheese 2013
Slow Cheese 2013
Slow Cheese 2013
Slow Cheese 2013 Picture from Stefanie Metcalf
Slow Cheese 2013

Stefanie Metcalf, group leader of our local Slow Food Devon group, wrote a lovely blog piece about her experience at Slow Cheese 2013 in Bra, Italy.

The biennial event is a festival, a feast and a celebration. Stalls line the streets of the small town of Bra where at every turn there are producer stands, tastings, inspiring talks and discussions accompanied by regional street foods, a fine selection of local wines and even international beer tents. In true Italian style this was all carried out with a sense of maximum hospitality and maximum enjoyment! Still, the reason for all of this and the word on everyone’s lips: CHEESE!

At this gastronomic celebration national and international dairy producers with over 150 different offerings showcased their produce while the Great Hall of Cheese and Wine and the smaller educational Taste Workshops further added to the already phenomenal (taste) experience. Furthermore the Slow Food Presidia area specifically highlighted knowledge and tradition behind selected products while visitors were encouraged to bring cheese to be preserved in Slow Food’s International Ark of Taste.

Slow Cheese takes place just as the academic year begins for the students of the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG), which is also based in Bra, the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. Not only is there a sense of excitement surrounding the festival and all it has to offer, but the buzz created by the new and returning students anticipating their classes makes for a truly unique atmosphere where enthusiasm, skill and knowledge is supported and shared.

And yet, Slow Cheese was in itself an example of gastronomic education for all attendees. Behind every cheese a story, a journey and a history told by the producer or expressed through the taste, texture, smell and colour of their samples. The Slow Cheese festival showed how ancient and modern come together: how we look back to traditional and artisanal practices whilst supporting new developments. In visiting the festival we all became participants in the history and the future of these unique products, creating a sense of community around our appreciation and enthusiasm for them together.

To read more about our Forgotten Foods cheeses in the UK please click here, and to read more about out supporters who offer great cheese, please visit: Androuet, The Cheese and Wine Shop, Gallucci & Gilmour, Vallebona, Zorita’s Kitchen and Neal’s Yard Dairy.

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