With the recent changes to the structure of Slow Food in the UK, with the creation of Slow Food England, Slow Food Scotland, Slow Food Wales and Slow Food Northern Ireland there has been a move toward having even smaller regional entities one of which would be called Slow Food in East Anglia.
New members would join this larger regional grouping and if and when there was a large enough membership base in a particular city or town they could then also set up a group in that town or city, such as a new Slow Food Cambridge or a Slow Food Kings Lynn in Norfolk.
The changes in the regional structure came after several years of discussion and debate with the Slow Food membership in the whole UK and also with lengthy consultations with Slow food International in Italy. There were many debates in this time within the groups and wider membership about how and when the devolution of decision making to the four regions from Slow Food UK would take place and the new structure was finally in place in early 2014.
We at Slow Food Norwich are looking forward to an exciting future within the new Slow Food England structure and will be working closely with other groups in East Anglia to also establish a vibrant and enthusiastic membership throughout the Est of England.
In the near future we also hope to be able to establish new groups in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, these would include Slow food groups in Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Kings Lynn, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. We are also working with Slow Food in England to obtain funding for a dedicated educational advisor who will also arrange and manage events and carry out fundraising activities. Slow Food Norwich and Slow Food in East Anglia will then be able to be in the position to organise more local workshops and events as well as carry out a much larger educational role by giving talks and lectures at schools, local communities and colleges throughout the eastern region.
As part of these exciting new developments we are already committed to taking part in several food and educational events in the region in the autumn and winter months with several more in the planning stage for 2015.