Saturday, 9 March 2013

The new Slow Food Blog

Slow Food Norwich as part of the wider Slow Food movement in the UK is pleased to be part of an exciting new initiative being launched by Slow Food London very soon. The chair of Slow Food London, Shane Holland will be giving further details about the new Blog project as it grows and becomes more established over the next few months.
The new Slow Food Blog will feature all aspects of Slow Food, whether on rare and heritage breeds, the politics of the EU Common agricultural policy, Biodynamic horticulture and Viniculture, Slow Wine made form ancient vines, Grow your own projects or the quality of school meals today.

In addition to the category blogs there will also be an open forum in which members can recommend local shops, businesses and producers. There will also be a general discussion board where members can discuss and chew over the issues of the day, from horse meat burgers to the price of fish.
This exciting development is part of the new initiatives being launched both by Slow Food London, Slow Food Norwich and other Slow Food convivia throughout the UK over the coming months where the aim is to reconnect with many ethical food and drink producers both in the UK and abroad, as well as to many of our members who currently are looking to play a larger part in food issues and projects in their communities.
For further information on this initiative and how to take part, please look at the Slow Food Blog which gives  all the necessary details.

Slow Food London and Norwich are very involved in promoting good, nutritious food produced by local producers and are members of the International Slow food community. Slow Food was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986 as an alternative to fast food and the membership is now over 100,000 in more than 150 countries.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Olive oil tasting at Virgin In Norwich

Slow Food Norwich are pleased to be holding a tasting of four organic and biodynamic olive oils from Italy at the Virgin Money Group in Norwich on March 14th. These rare artisan produced extra virgin olive oils are from three different regions of Italy, Umbria, Le Marche and Tuscany, and the producers all subscribe to the Slow Food ethos of good traditional, regional and local cuisine.
The oils that are to be tasted are all produced either by organic or biodynamic methods of production, and Slow Food Norwich is committed to the promotion of these types of oils and the small artisan producers who still make olive oil using the traditional methods and in  a lot of cases using rare varieties of olives.
Slow Food Norwich supports and promotes local Norfolk producers but as part of Slow Food  International we are also pleased to be able to offer our members and a wider public in the Norfolk produce  from other parts of the world where Slow Food operates.

We find that fine organic and biodyanmic olive oils are increasingly popular with consumers and we have set out to bring only the best artisan Italian extra virgin olive oils that we can find to try at Virgin in Norwich this March.
We have several organic olive oils from central Italy and one from near the beautiful city of Todi in Umbria, El Mansur is produced at the estate now owned by Matteo Boetti, but set up by his father Alighiero Boetti who was one of the foremost Italian artists of the 20th century. Matteo has only started producing this oil fro sale to the public this year and it is a really fine delicate olive oil.
Lastly we will be tasting an olive oil from Tuscany which is made at Azienda La Torre at their beautiful estate and agriturismo just outside the famous Tuscan town of Arezzo. This organic olive oil is one of the best oils that we have tasted and we are really pleased that we can have this at the tasting in Norwich.