Slow Food Festival Initiative

February 24, 2008 at 9:35 am 11 comments

Figs

On impulse attended a Slow Food Festival at Federation Square,

Victoria, with the family today.  My sister worked the Eureka Coffee

stand with her employer and his staff, and together formed a dedicated,

hard-working team servicing the crowds with sustainable capuccinos,

short blacks, and lattes all day.  We tried their coffee and the

flavour and quality was second to none.  Grown and produced in the beautiful

Byron Bay region of New South Wales, it is roasted on site at

Eureka, North Fitzroy, which makes it very local.  Add to that all

the other benefits involved in the making/production of it, the

“Slow Food” sustainability of it, it makes for a great coffee

experience.  Produce was available from all regions of

Australia: cheeses from Tasmania which we tried, all slowly aged;

a fruits/smoked meats/cheese “in season” platter with lovely

sour dough bread from Slow Food Melbourne, and a gorgeous

plate of freshly picked ripe figs from Slow Food New South Wales.  This

movement in food is supported by a large network of regular national

markets, forming the Australian Farmers’ Market Association.  It was

wonderful to enjoy eating fruit picked the day before, and the range

of product on show was wide and varied, from homestyle ice-cream,

to organic sausages, to seafood.  So the movement to slow food is

a style of eating that’s anything but boring, and it’s nice to just sit

and watch the crowds go by, busy swapping ideas on where they found what,

creating a wonderful community atmosphere, right in the heart of an

urban place. 

(copyright Monika Roleff 2008.)

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  • 1. lorigloyd  |  February 24, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, what fun. This would be the type of event I’d go to. I knew Australia produced some fine wines and cheeses but I had no idea there were coffee producing regions. This is very informative.

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  • 2. cookingupastory  |  February 24, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    This is really great! Slowly the Slow Food movement has reached around the globe. I’m glad to hear it is picking up speed where you are too. Carlo Petrini, the founder, was in town last year (here in Portland) and spoke. He was wonderful. If anyone has the chance to hear him, I highly recommend it.
    -Rebecca

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  • 3. murcha  |  February 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    This sounds a wonderful festival. I did not even know that they even conducted such an activity. I love Federation Square and can just imagine all the people enjoying such a day. Did they have figs there as well, as that is a fruit you do not see very often.
    Thank you for telling us about it.

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  • 4. imogen88  |  February 25, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Thanks Lori, their website is really informative. It’s good to know these things and widen the sphere of understanding on what is available. So pleased you enjoyed this!

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  • 5. imogen88  |  February 25, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Great to hear this, Rebecca. It’s exciting. Just read on the brochure from the event that the Slow Food movement now has 80,000 members in 121 countries around the world! You made me think about this. A talk from Carlo would be wonderful to hear. It says he calls the gathering of people in small local groups as “convivia”! This word exactly described the experience yesterday, people were talking and enjoying the best on offer. Here is a link with some discussion on the word http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/0706-03.htm. Sounds like a good recipe to me!!

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  • 6. imogen88  |  February 25, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Yes, Anne, they had beautiful figs there, from Slow Food New South Wales. They had been picked the previous day. There was a dessert on sale with crushed pieces of raw sugar meringue, fresh fig slices, biodynamic whole cream, and drizzled with organic honey fresh from the comb!!! Make sure you go to any festivals in your area. It was a wonderful day!

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  • 7. imogen88  |  February 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Uh-Oh, thanks Rebecca for letting me know that page didn’t like being linked! Here is a description of the word “convivia”, the root for which is “convivium” meaning “banquet”. This transformed into the word “convivial” in English, meaning “fond of feasting and merry company”, and in French “convive” meaning “dining companion”. Voila! And there we have a concept!

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  • 8. Heather Blakey  |  February 26, 2008 at 5:38 am

    What a wonderful day you had. Slow food is gathering momentum, like a tidal wave, ready to wash away most of that fast food that is killing everyone not so slowly.

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  • 9. imogen88  |  February 26, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Amazing thoughts, Heather. It’s good to get back to basics.

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  • 10. cookingupastory  |  February 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I belong to the Portland chapter of Slow Food, which is called a convivium. Perhaps a convivium can be started where you are! A place to start would be the Slow Food website: http://www.slowfood.com

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  • 11. imogen88  |  February 27, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Rebecca, this is great to hear. I checked the site and it appears we have one here, and maybe I could join it? Thanks for the link — for some reason my security system kept blocking it! Must be the “wine” word factor. Anyway, it’s all fascinating, will follow this up.

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