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THE FOOD BIODIVERSITY AND CULTURE OF THE UK AT SALONE DEL GUSTO GUSTO AND TERRA MADRE 2012

THE FOOD BIODIVERSITY AND CULTURE OF THE UK AT SALONE DEL GUSTO GUSTO AND TERRA MADRE 2012

London 25 September 2012: Once again producers, farmers, chefs and young people from all around the UK will gather in Turin between 25 and 29 October to showcase the food biodiversity of its regions at the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre.

Fifty- five delegates represent the UK in the international Marketplace with numerous stands hosting a range of products from the Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s catalogue of small-scale quality products at risk of extinction, Terra Madre Food Communities and other exhibitors. The UK’s representatives are also key participants in conferences, Taste Workshops and Dinner Dates.

14 of the UK delegates are also participating in the 6th Slow Food International Congress, a meeting held every four years, gathering the association’s local leaders to decide upon strategies for the future of Slow Food, the Terra Madre network and projects to defend biodiversity.

The UK delegates, led by Slow Food UK CEO Catherine Gazzoli, include a group of local Slow Food activists from around the country, including Celia Spouncer from Northern Ireland, Fiona Richmond of Scotland, Gareth Johns from Wales and Alistair Cameron representing England. Flying the flag for the British delegation at the Opening Ceremony is Michael Little from Hastings/Weald of Kent and Sussex. They will be joined by top chefs Anna Hansen of Modern Pantry, Francesco Mazzei of L’Anima, Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honoré, Gareth Johns of Wynnstay Hotel, EcoChef Tom Hunt and Sanjay Kumar of Greenbank Hotel. Food producers on the delegation include Dan Bull of Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Sascha Grierson of Hugh Grierson Organic and Richard Briggs from Briggs Shetland Lamb. Slow Food UK Supporters will also be represented by Lara Boglione of Petersham Nurseries and Alison Lea-Wilson of Halen Môn.

There are also representatives of professional organizations like  the Scottish Crofters Federation, Soil Association. In the UK delegation there will also be members of the Slow Food Youth Network as well as student delegates from Slow Food on Campus and from other key educational programmes of Slow Food UK.

A highlight of the UK’s presence in the international Marketplace will be the organisation of a traditional British Pub that will serve a selection of beers and real ales from British microbreweries as well as food. In the nearby stands, visitors can learn about and taste products from Terra Madre Food Communities from Wales and Scotland. In the same area, the Colchester Native Oysters will represent the UK Ark of Taste selection. The oysters, characterized by their flat shell and green-tinged firm flesh, are harvested in shallow creeks off Mersea Island in Essex and north of river Thames. Learn more about the harvesting methods and environment of the Colchester Native Oysters here: http://bit.ly/NRm8cX

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