Members of Slow Food Norwich were very pleased to be present at the prestigious artisan food and drink fair,the Festivldelgusto which was held near the Adriatic resort of Senigallia in Italy a few days ago at the Castello di Monterado.
The festival is dedicated to small local Italian artisan food and wine producers and since it first started the Festivaldelgusto has been held in the Le Marche region of Italy each autumn but there are plans for it to be held in other regions of Italy and also on the Island of Malta in 2015, also we hope to involve both Italian and Maltese Slow Food groups in the setting up and running of these artisan food events.
Slow Food Norwich is very much involved in the creation of the new Slow Food in East Anglia region which will then have the necessary membership and geographical size to work with other regions in both the UK and in Italy. The new regional entity will be in place before Christmas 2014 and will mark the beginning of a new focus on increasing membership numbers, also increasing the number of educational talks and workshops in the region.
In eastern Italy Slow Food Marche is a collection of the many groups present throughout the Le Marche region of eastern Italy, and we have been pleased to have been approached by the Ugo Pazzi the President of Slow Food Marche and also other members to start a co operation with them in 2015.
We met Sig Pazzi when he came to the festivaldelgusto in Senigallia in September with other representatives of Slow Food Marche and we will be meeting them again in Italy soon to sign a joint protocol of co operation between Slow Food in East Anglia and Slow Food Marche.
Both groups will be working together to promote Slow Food in the Marche region and specifically to help foreign residents now living in Le Marche to meet local members of local Slow Food groups, become members of their local group and also for new residents to more easily obtain information about local artisan food and drink producers, also markets and events in their area.
Several members from Slow Food England will be attending the Salone del Gusto in Turin at the end of October and will be meeting other Slow Food groups from throughout the world which will provide many further opportunities to forge closer links with other like minded groups.
2015 will be an exciting year for Slow Food Norwich working with the many new contacts that we have already made and will make in over the next year.