One of the reasons we travel is to experience the grand diversity of food from different cultures, and while enjoying the pasta in Italy, the cheeses from Denmark, lamb in New Zealand, tapas in Spain, meze in the Middle East and curries in India, we come to appreciate what it takes to produce these fabulous foods.
The international Slow Food movement is all about preserving cultural cuisine, and in doing so preserving local foods, farming and ways of life. Slow Food is the antithesis of large-scale commercial food production and today’s fast-food culture, as it encourages us to learn more about the realities of food production and to connect with people from around the world over the foods they produce.
If you’re planning to be in Europe this October, you won’t want to miss a Slow Food-sponsored mega-event, Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, a world meeting of food communities, to take place in Turin, October 25-29, 2012. On display and available to taste will be an extraordinary diversity of foods presented by small-scale farmers, artisans and chefs from around the world.
Usually open only to the media and to food professionals, this year Salone del Gusto will be open to the public, and you will be choosing from over 100 Taste Workshops and Meet the Maker events. 1,000 exhibitors from 100 countries will be on hand and over 350 Presidia, offering cheeses, cured meats, fish, breads, sweets, grains, honeys, wines, fruits and vegetables.
Slow Food president Carlo Petrini said, “Our daily choices and the food that we put on our plates determine the future of the environment, economy and society, and it is more crucial than ever that we raise a collective voice this October and take an active part in solving the problems that are affecting the earth and the global community.”
The Salone del Gusto will feature special guests who will offer ways that we can eat healthier and protect the environment and the production system without giving up the pleasures of food and conviviality. The slogan of this year’s Salone del Gusto is: “Foods that change the world.”
Karen Misuraca is the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and the newly released 8th edition of Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.