Saturday, 15 October 2011

Slow Food UK Shop

Slow Food UK have a new shop at Neals Yard in Covent Garden right in the very centre of London and a fantastic place to showcase produce made by producers who belong to Slow food in the UK and also in Italy.
The shop was previously part of the offices of Slow Food UK but was converted into a retail space and opened in July 2011, and it currently is the only Slow food shop in the world.



Last Thursday Slow Food UK hosted a visit by the producers of Balsamic vinegar, Acetaia Fiorini from near Modena in central Italy. Balsamic vinegar is one of Italy's most famous exports and most good Balsamics are aged for at least 12 years in wood.
Acetaia Fiorini produce fabulous Balsamic vinegars and at the shop there was a small tasting complete with trays of cheeses, salami and bread. I was told that the best way to taste the vinegar is by dipping a piece of hard cheese into it and then eating the cheese with the Balsamic.
There was also a red wine also from the same area in Italy and the early evening event was a great success with the front open doors of the shop allowing some guests to also stray outside in the pretty Neals Yard courtyard with their drinks.


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