Something fishy, something flashy + the Slow Food movement moving to a market near you! Slow Food March 2011

Slow Food Events - Slow Fish 2011

The saying goes ‘good news travels fast’, and word is certainly spreading about Slow Food movement!

(If it hasn’t quite spread to you, below we’ve enclosed background information to get up to speed on Slow.)

Aiming to bring good information, good food and good wine to the good people of the world, we have here some information about current Slow Food initiatives.

Something fishy:

Slow Food is up to something fishy, with the organisation of Slow Fish ? not about low-IQ seafood, but about the traditions of fishing, from protecting the seas from depletion though to the culture of fisherman and the traditions of these guardians of the sea.

As with almost all Slow Food initiatives, Slow Fish 2011 includes recipes, markets and menus using the meat from the sea. Taste workshops, ocean education programs and other tasty activities will also be dedicated to the small-scale fisheries.

For more information on Slow Food 2011 (27/30 May), visit

Something flashy:

Keeping food and wine Slow certainly does not always include a rejection of technology. In fact, Slow Food has just announced a Slow Wine 2011 iPhone application, providing not only organoleptic details of the wines, as well as keeping it real by providing a bit of background about the people and the places behind the production.

Of 2100 wineries visited by some 200 tasters who travelled the length and breadth of Italy, 1850 wine producers were selected for review. Tastings of some 21,000 wines resulted in the selection of the top 8400. That’s a lot of sips for an app at the tap of your fingertips!

Slow Food moving to a market near you:

Since time immemorial, humans have gathered at markets for food and other goods, but also to meet fellow locals, catch up on the latest news, exchange recipe ideas, and enjoy one of the most fabulous aspects of community living in dining together.

Now, markets around the world are declaring themselves Slow ? offering wares produced according to the principles and ideals of the Slow Food movement.

Offering food and wine at fair prices, goods which are not only delicious, healthy and environmentally friendly, but all items are seasonal, produced locally and sold by the producers themselves.

Slow Food markets are thus community-run, offering the change for like-mined people to gather, to learn from and to teach each other, to educate children (with specific events also being offered to this aim), and to continue this wonderful age-old tradition.

Some Slow Food market locations in Italy include Alba, Bologna, Cairo Montenotte, Calamandrana, Ciampino, Colorno, Milano, Montevarchi, San Daniele del Friuli, San Miniato and Umbertide.

Around the world market sites so far include: Parndorf (Austria), Tel Aviv (Israel), Riga (Latvia), Beirut (Lebanon), Tripoli (Lebanon) and Bucharest (Romania).

The Slow Food movement, from humble beginnings of simply wanting to protect good food traditions in Italy, has grown into a massive, global organization that has never lost sight of their original goals of keeping food simple, local and good.

In recent years, the movement has also become proactive in education, both by arranging initiatives in schools around the world, and via the creation of their own university, the University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Northern Italy.

Each month, a series of Slow Food events are held in all locations where there are Slow Food groups (each known as a ‘convivia’).

To enlist in the Slow Food Movement, see To find your nearest Slow Food group or, convivia, visit:

If you would like to learn more about fresh produce and wholefood production, you could sign up for a market tour and cooking class in Florence, where you will learn about the traditional ingredients before heading to the kitchen to turn the products into delicious, typical dishes and then indulging in a sumptuous lunch made by you!

Exploring the Tuscany’s wine country also offers a fantastic way to learn about ? and taste ? delicious Tuscan wines, and enjoy the meals (and views!) they are best served with.

Artviva is a proud supporter and member of Slow Food, and specialises in small-group, quality (and fun) tours in Florence/Tuscany, Rome, Venice and beyond. Visit for more information, or email

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