ArtViva Festival presents: SlowFood

The SlowFood Movement began in Italy, in 1986, as a protest against the opening of a McDonalds near the Spanish Steps in Rome.  Founded by Carlo Petrini, its goal is to “preserve traditional and regional cuisine and promote farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristics of the local ecosystem?it is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.” (

The movement has indeed grown, and today there are over 100,000 members in 132 countries.

ArtViva is proud to announce that on May 3rd, they will be hosting SlowFood Representative Sabino Bernardino along with Benedetto Cavalieri- who is known for making the best pasta in Italy (and therefore, the world!!). Don’t miss this event to hear more about Slowfood and buy Slowfood products. Sign up now for our Festival Experience, as spaces are limited!

Our full program on May 3rd:

5:30-6:00 Meet painter Leo-Mancini Hresko

His paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, with some of the more notable taking place in Florence, London, Santa Fé, Nantucket, Dublin, and New York. Take this opportunity to meet an artist up-close, ask him questions, and possibly buy one of his pieces! For more info and Bookings check the ArtViva festival Experience page

6:00-7:00 Italy explained by Sabino Bernardino

Advocate of the Slowfood Movement in Florence. He is the organization’s webmaster and one of its most active officials.  Special guests are Benedetto Cavalieri, handmade pasta manufacturer and Paul Petrilli, producer of organic tomato, The Motticella. Here’s the chance to find out why the slowfood movement is gaining ground all over the world! For more info and Bookings check the ArtViva festival Experience page

8:00-9:00 Festival Event- Wine Salon presented by Sabino Bernardin0

Learn what makes Tuscany’s wines great with this fun and easy ‘class’ on how to appreciate wine. This is a not-to-be missed occasion with tastings of some of the best local wines conducted by our illustrious patrons.

Sign up for the full evening here!

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