Slow Food Norwich is part of the wider Slow Food Anglia region which now hosts the Slow Food Approved business scheme in our area for our members in both the city of Norwich and also across the county of Norfolk. Members of Slow Food Norwich can belong to this great scheme which gives them many benefits and also helps promote both their businesses and Norfolk food and drink.
We are pleased that we have recently had new members join the scheme from a wide range of small food producers, Deli's, food retailers and food related businesses in Norwich and also right across the County of Norfolk.
Membership of the Approved business scheme has grown quickly since it was launched nearly a year ago, we now have over forty five members across East Anglia and once Slow Food Anglia achieve eighty members we can approach Slow Food International to have the whole Anglia region put on the Slow Food Planet App which of course will include Norwich and Norfolk. Our aim is to have at least thirty members in Norwich and Norfolk by the end of the year and over one hundred in the Anglia region as a whole.
Members of Slow Food Norwich who belong to the Approved Slow Food Anglia Approved business scheme are included on our Snail Trail Map on the Slow Food Anglia website, they receive invitations to both our Norwich events as well as other Slow Food group events across England, also members can take part in markets and workshops we organise, receive the monthly business newsletter and can attend the International Slow Food events such as Slow Cheese which is held every other year in Italy.
We also have close ties with Slow Food London and do cooperate with them in events that are held in the Capital, also working with Borough Market as well as many prestigious markets across the south of England.
Slow Food London has over one hundred and thirty members of their Approved Business scheme and they are the first group in the UK to be included on the Slow Food Planet App, and we aim to be the second!
Slow Food Norwich is now working with Slow Food Anglia on our plans for an artisan food and drink festival to be held in central Norwich in August, the event will be held over three days at the historic Church of Art in St Benedict's Street. Slow Food Approved members will be invited to take part and we look forward to many of our members being present at the event in August.
We are inviting several groups from other parts of England and also Europe to come to the Norwich event and we also hope to have a presence from some Slow Wine producers in Italy.
We have already been approached by several food businesses, restaurant owners and chefs who will be meeting with us over the next few weeks to sketch out a list of events, talks, cookery demonstrations and workshops to be held at this great venue by Slow Food Norwich, and there will be more details about this exciting event in Norwich in our next Blog post.