Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. It was founded in 1989 in Italy.

We are a not–for–profit organisation seeking to promote a better way to eat, celebrating the rich food traditions of the different nations that make up the UK, and protecting our edible biodiversity. We engage members of the public, food producers, chefs, businesses, academics and a global network, spreading and enacting our philosophies internationally and locally.

Slow Food in the UK is the umbrella body formed by Slow Food England, Slow Food Scotland, Slow Food Cymru and Slow Food Northern Ireland. We have local groups all around the UK. Find a group near you.

As a member of Slow Food in theUK your annual subscription supports Slow Food activities where you live and across the world, so you can be sure your membership has a direct positive impact in your local area, and makes a difference to food communities across the globe.

Ark of Taste and Chef Alliance Programmes

Our Ark of Taste programme is a collection of British foods which are in danger of being lost, such as unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables, rare breeds of animals, artisan cheeses and traditional recipes. By promoting these products and the traditions and knowledge that surrounds them, we hope that future generations will still be able to access their local culinary culture. This programme is part of the International Ark of Taste, and are thus officially recognised as holding a unique place within the history and culture of a particular region and in need of protection.

Our Chef Alliance programme is a large group of chefs who are committed to the Slow Food philosophies and pro-actively put them into practices within their own restaurants and businesses. Slow Food sets up unique relationships between chefs and Forgotten Foods producers, giving the public rare opportunities to sample the incredible products within our programme, and granting these producers a wider platform for educating people about the history of their products. The chefs take pride in promoting small-scale producers, and using good quality, locally-sourced, sustainable foods.

Our Educational Projects

We run a number of educational projects which aim to spread the Slow Food message as widely as possible and engage different age groups into the movement.

Our Local Groups

Our local groups are volunteer-led and offer a range of exciting events for you to get involved in. Please see our Group page for our latest Group list. When you join, you will be assigned to your local group.


You can join as an individual, a family or a business. Members help support the Slow Food movement both in the UK and globally.

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