THE SLOW ROUTE
At the national Slow Food gathering earlier this year, we got to grips with an organisation that’s redefining the local agricultural landscape. With the focus on providing good, clean and fair trade produce, Slow Food South Africa creates a platform throu
From Limpopo to the Western Cape, we share the inspiring
stories of four determined individuals who strike at the root of the local Slow Food movement
Held at the Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg, the third instalment of Slow Food South Africa was a frenzy of vendors and visitors darting between stands. The mood was celebratory and for many of the farmers, the opportunity to meet fellow growers and speak about their produce was an invaluable experience.
Inside the theatre a series of open talks invite market-goers to listen in, with the goal being to improve the public’s understanding of complex food systems. “We aim to give people an opportunity to raise questions and grasp the challenges, solutions and features that are presented in our local agriculture,” said Slow Food South Africa coordinator, Dr Naudé Malan.
Apart from offering great networking opportunities, the event also celebrated the launch of the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance in South Africa – a wonderful initiative that sees participating chefs make a commitment to purchasing only regionally sourced, seasonal produce from small-scale farmers, while taking steps to reduce food waste and pledging to inform diners about the provenance of their meals.
The day before the festival kicked off, members of Slow Food South Africa gathered from around the country to discuss the organisation’s vision and objectives. They also discussed the growing body of local communities working together to uphold the international council’s broader goals, while maintaining their autonomy as members of the South African chapter. Together, these communities bring the Slow Food philosophy to life by hosting educational visits to local producers and farms, organising conferences and leading discussions on the various aspects of the Slow Food movement.
After the gathering in Soweto, Slow Food International's Head of Africa Operations, Emanuele Dughera, praised the festival for the progress it has made. Together with Slow Food’s International Councillor for Southern Africa, Caroline Stephanie McCann, Emanuele identified four local activists making waves in their local regions. I spoke to each of them to learn more about their passion for the Slow Food crusade...