Saturday, 7 April 2012

Libera Terra in Norwich

Slow food Norwich is very proud to be associated with the Libera Terra organisation from Sicily, which also works closely with Slow Food Italy and London. Libera Terra was set up in the 1990's to farm land and estates that the Italian Government had confiscated off the Mafia and organised crime in Sicily and southern Italy, the organisation renting these properties for a specified period of time.
All the produce and wines produced by Libera Terra are then sold throughout Italy and now in the UK with the help of Slow Food Norwich and a proportion of the profits are ploughed back in the the small local communities and student groups who cultivate the land. Any remaining profit is then used to help local community projects and to help disadvantaged young people,set up and run addiction centres and put in to other worthwhile projects in Sicily and southern Italy.

Slow Food Norwich is pleased to be able to hold an evening promoting this worthwhile organisation at the Library restaurant in Norwich. Jayne Raffles is a great supporter of Slow food and also Libera and she has allowed the Library to be used for a wine and food event showcasing Libera wines and produce.
The event is on Friday 27th April and there will be a two course meal prepared using Libera products as well as some local Slow Food produce from Norfolk.
There will also be a small selection of wines from Centopassi which is part of the Libera organisation as well as a biodynamic red wine from a Slow Wine Italy producer in Tuscany.
There will also be a talk on the evening about the Libera terra organisation and other Italian products present on the evening will be sourced by the UK based Sagraitalia group.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

West Norwood Slow Food Festival

Organising local markets and food events are part of the work that Slow Food carries out throughout the year and Slow food London is very proactive in organising food events for both their members and also the general public.
Slow Food helped organise a food festival in West Norwood  in London yesterday and Slow food London member Alistair Cameron took part with a talk and demonstration of food and wine from the Libera Terra organisation in Sicily. Libera Terra works closely with Slow Food in Italy and with Slow Food Norwich in the east of England, and these groups are helping to promote the organisation in London with the help of Slow food London
Alistair from Slow Food London and the Market Quarter in Begravia gave a talk at the festival about the culture and food of the island of Sicily. He also spoke about the Libera Terra organisation and then also cooked pasta with passata and olive oil all produced by Libera in Sicily and southern Italy. There was also a small selection of Libera Terra wines for the public to try, and these all proved very popular.

The West Norwood Slow Food Festival was a really popular event and was supported by Lambeth Council, The Mayor of Londons office, the Co-operative and several other local organisations.
It is hoped that there will be another food festival at the same venue in 2013 and Slow Food will continue working with local communities both in London and other cities such as Norwich to promote good local food.