Slow Food Nova Scotia

Slow Food - Nova Scotia

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The birth of Slow Food Nova Scotia

Brian Kienapple remembers the beginnings of Slow Food Nova Scotia

It all began in 2000 when I was researching a family trip to Italy and discovered references to Slow Food…
I contacted Convivium Leaders in places we were visiting seeking advice on where to eat and shop…
During that trip we were invited to supper with the Convivium Leader of Siena in Tuscany and his family…
That personal contact and the wonderful meal we shared in an Etruscan grotto below the streets of Siena was my first real introduction to the pleasures of Slow Food.
In 2001 I went back to Italy and spent a month visiting many Slow Food producers in Tuscany and Piedmont which led me to the Slow Food headquarters in Bra, Piedmont…
I had a long conversation with the head of Slow Food International, Renato Sardo, and at the end of my visit I told him that eventually I would help start a Convivium in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Things came together in 2002 when I met with Maurizio Bertossi in the spring and then Hanspeter Stutz in the fall and talked about the possibility of starting a group…
Hanspeter was particularly enthusiastic which led to an initial gathering of people in April of 2003 at his winery.

That first meeting included:
Maurizio Bertossi
Pete Luckett
Paul and Ruth Colville
Dennis Johnston
Paolo Colbertado
Michael Smith
Jim and Linda Gourlay
Hanspeter Stutz

I spoke about Slow Food and what it could mean to Nova Scotia…
Everyone agreed to join Slow Food and sign the papers that were sent to Italy to certify the formal beginnings of our Convivium…
It was agreed that I should organize the Convivium and be its first Leader…
Another planning meeting was held in early June at Maurizio’s Bish restaurant…
The first event was held in October 2003 focused on a truly historic ingredient, Heritage Apples….
Slow Food Nova Scotia was born!