Slow food Norwich has been involved with food and drink related businesses and small food producers over the past four years and we are pleased to have been asked to be involved in the Norwich Restaurant week as part of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival which is held in September and early October.
Members of Slow Food Norwich will be present at the well known Library restaurant which is part of the Raffles Restaurant group on Saturday September 6th along with up to twelve local food producers and small businesses from Norwich and other parts of the county of Norfolk. As well as assisting the producers we will also be present to promote the Slow Food organisation, its ethos and aims but also to update visitors about the recent changes to the structure of Slow Food in the UK and the creation of new regions including Slow Food England, Slow Food Scotland, Slow Food Wales and Slow Food Northern Ireland.
Slow Food Norwich is now a member of the Slow Food England region and is working with other East Anglian Slow Food groups to create a dedicated Slow Food East Anglian region which will work within the Slow Food England structure.
The exciting changes to Slow Food within the UK has given rise to a rapidly increasing membership and groups are now supported by a newly enlivened central office in London which is much more orientated to helping groups with events and educational projects throughout the country.
Slow Food Norwich has an ongoing programme of events in both Norfolk and also other parts of Eastern England over the coming months including a Slow Food evening in October at the Thornham Village hall on the North Norfolk coast and another event featuring Norfolk food producers at the Forum in Norwich in November.
Among the local Norfolk producers who will be present at the Library will be Peter Burgess from Kitchen Garden organic box scheme in Sisland, Peter set his business up over twelve years ago and grows and delivers all his own produce to customers in Norwich and the surrounding area. Peter is an excellent example of the type of small food producer who has a passion for his products and the type of good healthy food that is part of the Slow Food ethos.
As well as our promotional and educational roles in Norfolk with local Norfolk producers, Slow Food Norwich also works with Olivaverde to promote small artisan producers of olive oil and other fine Italian foods which are made by Slow Food members in Italy.
Olivaverde will be present at the event to represent several small Italian producers who are passionate about promoting their products and the Slow Food movement as a whole.