Slow Food Movement in the Blue Mountains
The Slow Food Movement encourages the use of local seasonal produce, provides support for local small food producers, encourages the restoration of time-honoured methods of production and preparation and promotes the sharing of food at communal tables. Slow Food also encourages environmentally-sustainable production, ethical treatment of animals and social justice.
In the Blue Mountains, the Slow Food Movement organise a range of activities, some of which include:
- The creation of a fruit tree register where fruit trees on private and public land throughout the Blue Mountains are being recorded, so that surplus/unwanted fruit can be shared. This helps to save our fruit trees and match jam-makers, preservers and bakers with the fruit.
- Preserve-making workshops held at least once a year to coincide with the fruit tree register project.
- The 'Meet the Producers' segment at the annual 'Wines of the West Festival' held at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Members of the public are given the opportunity to taste-test and buy locally-made products - from olive oil to goats cheese and pickled walnuts.
- Chestnuts are a local delicacy and the 'Chestnuts in the Mist' is a slow seasonal celebration held from March to end of June.
- Promote seasonal visits to the Megalong Valley Olive Grove. The organised tour includes a tour of the olive grove, show and taste segment, lunch with views of the Megalong Valley and opportunity to buy olive oil and tapenades.
- 'Death by Chocolate' workshops are often held at the historic Paragon Restaurant, where participants learn about the artistry behind hand-made chocolates.
- The Slow Food Movement regularly participates in and provides a taste-testing table at local fairs and festivals such as the Songlines Festival, Hartley Big Back Yard, Eco Expo (World Environment Day), Harvest Festival at Mt Tomah, and the Winter Magic Festival.
- Kitchen workshops are often held at participating local restaurants and cafes where you can watch a signature dish being prepared.
Restaurants and cafes that embrace the Slow Food philosophy are numerous across the Mountains and add to the unique feel of each village. A number of the restaurants / cafes display artwork by local artists and offer menus borrowed from around the world. They are popular meeting places and important to the culture and economy of our region.
- Blue Mountains Slow Food and Cittaslow www.cittaslow.com.au
- Cittaslow www.cittaslow.net
- Slow Food www.slowfood.com
- Permaculture / Organic gardening / Sustainable Gardening in the Blue Mountains www.bmpermac.blogspot.com
This item was posted in November 2007.