Last Saturday members of Slow Food Norwich were at a meeting in London with other members of Slow Food groups in the UK, representatives of the board of Slow Food UK and Paolo di Croce and Elisa Demechelis from Slow Food International. The meeting has paved the way to new and exciting developments in the future of Slow Food in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
As part of a series of new initiatives from Slow Food Norwich we are going to start dedicated promotional projects in the new year on small organic and biodynamic food producers in the UK and also introduce similar producers to the UK public from other countries including Italy, Malta and other countries in the Mediterranean.
We have several projects in the pipeline this autumn and early in 2014, these include an organic food fair in the village of Docking in north west Norfolk and a similar event in the coastal resort of Hunstanton. There are early plans for a an artisan food fair in the coastal village of Wells next the sea where we hope to include a selection of locally caught fish and shellfish as part of the superb foods that will be on offer to guests and members of the public.
Another promotional event featuring organic and biodynamic olive oils and wines in the market town of Swaffham will be held early in the new year and Slow Food Norwich are also pleased to be working closely with local Norfolk food producers on plans for the first Sagra to be held at the Fire Pit festival site in the village of Wendling near Swaffham.
Finally we will be taking part in a series of lectures and workshops at UEA in Norwich to raise awareness among students of the work and aims of Slow Food International and will be working with interested students to hold a programme of food events on campus.
A representative of the faculty of sustainability at UEA has approached us for help and advice about setting up a small fixed organic market in Norwich which is planned to open in the summer 2014. The connection with our friends at Slow Food London which has a close relationship with the world famous Borough Market in south London has allowed us to start sourcing suitable organic producers for this exciting venture and also to explore the possibilities of obtaining funding from local Norfolk based businesses.