Last Sunday I headed over to Woodville Walled Garden to participate in Slow Food Galway's Autumn Gathering. The weather was ideal, the autumn low light gracing us with it's presence for the afternoon. I was welcomed by a feast for the senses - Smells of hot coals and smoke, clay ovens, fresh bread and coffee, smiles, welcomes, pressed apples! A community of people of all ages, gathered together through a collective appreciation of local and regional quality fair food.
The Slow Food Movement was established in 1986 in Italy as a backlash to the multinational Fast Food Industry. The ethos of the Slow Food Movement is to protect and promote local and regional traditional food and to encourage food production which respects and characterises the local eco system. According to Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food Movement, 'Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature'.
The main focus of the day was the fungi. There were only a few varieties present in the small wood beside Woodville Walled Garden, but Barbara, our dynamic 'shroom' guide for the day made the most of what was to be gathered. I met a neighbour I hadn't realised would be there, which was a nice surprise and became familiar with the art of Juice pressing and Cider making - All in all, I departed the Autumn Gathering four hours after arriving, feeling educated, invigorated, informed and full to the gills - A great way to spend an afternoon!
Slow Food is everywhere folks, become acquainted with it.
Practice the philosophy at the heart of the movement within your own home, business and life.
Slow Food = The Future of Food.