Terra Madre and Piedmont: A Trip to the Slow Food Mecca
Friday, February 13, 10:30 a.m., Scio Senior Center, Scio, OR
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m., Albany Public Library, Albany, OR
Terra Madre is the biennial conference of Slow Food International, an organization founded in Italy in the 1980s to help preserve local agricultural and culinary traditions. Held at the site of the 2006 Winter Olympics, Terra Madre brings together thousands of food lovers–farmers, fishermen, artisanal food manufacturers, chefs, and community activists–to share foods unique to their small corners of the globe along with ideas about advancing Slow Food’s basic goals: “good, clean, and fair” food for all.
As one of some two hundred U.S. delegates to Terra Madre last fall, I’ll describe my adventure and show photos of the conference itself; the Salone del Gusto, an enormous Italian food fair held in adjacent buildings during Terra Madre; my side trips around Piedmont; and a beautiful interlude in Cinque Terre, on the nearby coast of Liguria.
There were two Terra Madre delegates from Scio last fall; the other was Mickey Clayton of Dot Ranch. Mickey will join me in Albany on February 18 to tell some of her own Terra Madre stories.
These events are free of charge and open to all.