AGM 2012

Posted: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Slow Food NS Annual General Meeting


 What: AGM of Slow FoodNS

When: June 24, 10:30am to 3pm

Where: Indian Point Fire Hall, 59 Indian Point Rd., Indian Point


On June 24 you are invited to the AGM of Slow FoodNS.


Spend a lovely summer’s day in the company of friends who share your enthusiasm for food that is good, clean and fair. This year we are meeting in the community of Indian Point on the shore of Mahone Bay in Lunenburg County between the towns of Chester and Mahone Bay.


10:30am – Meet and Greet

At 11am we shall hear what Slow Food has been up to in the past year and elect the directors for the coming year. There are a couple of vacancies if you are interested in helping organize our convivium and play a leadership role in SFNS. If you would like to receive the Statement of Directors responsibilities, please contact to receive one.

At 12noon we shall have a moderated discussion on the future direction of Slow Food in Nova Scotia. Your input is welcome.


At 1:00pm Chef Terry Vassallo of Lunenburg’s Trattoria della Nonna will head a team of South Shore chefs in the preparation of what promises to be a spectacular seafood lunch. The menu will be made up of a selection of fish and seafood from local waters. There will be many opportunities to see and learn how to prepare marine delicacies.

Cost for the lunch: $20 for Slow Food members, $25 for potential members. Use the day to renew or apply for membership. Cash sales for beverages.

Please bring your own plates and utensils.


After the lunch, a speaker from the Ecology Action Centre will make a presentation on Slow Fish and sustainability issues relating to food from the sea. There will be time to ask questions about some of the complex choices we have to make if we hope to continue harvesting the bounty of the oceans.


RSVP to if you plan to attend.




Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto

Posted: Monday, April 16th, 2012

Terra Madre and Salone Del Gusto

October 25-29, 2012

Torino Italy

 Invitation for SF members to apply for delegate status at Terra Madre and for Producers to Display at Salone Del Gusto 2012


This year, Terra Madre and the Congress are open to the public. Terra Madre is a biennial Slow Food event in Turin, Italy, that unites more than 5,000 producers, cooks, academics and activists creating a parallel system of food production and distribution. The Congress is the gathering of leaders representing the grassroots movement in their communities. Salone del Gusto is a public event that welcomes over 200,000 visitors over five days – a feast of the best – artisan, Ark of Taste and Presida products globally.


This is a two pronged invitation:

Slow Food Nova Scotia – mainland will have the opportunity to send 4 or possibly 5 delegates to Terra Madre. This means that you are a guest of Slow Food and your entrance fees, daily meals and accomodations are taken care of. Observer status is also available but only covers your admission fees to the event.


Also, as Salone Del Gusto and Terra Madre are being combined into one event this year, Slow Food Canada has been asked to invite food producers from across Canada to exhibit at Salone Del Gusto. If you are a producer looking for new markets and a chance to show off your product to a potential 200,000 visitors please contact. There may some provincial support for this initiative – I am in early discussions with several Provincial Ministries to see about a collaborative effort to bring Nova Scotia products and producers to Torino

Are We Elitist?

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Recently Michael Howell, Convivium Leader of Slow Food Nova Scotia – Mainland, replied to a letter from a Nova Scotia resident claiming that Slow Food is “elitist and unwelcoming.” This is part of his response.

Slow Food has been stigmatized with an elitist label for some time, mostly because of a lack of awareness from the public about what Slow Food activities really are.

Did you know that we are deeply committed to promoting healthy lunch programs and school gardens, here in Nova Scotia, across Canada and in dozens of other countries?

Did you know that Slow Food is involved in myriad projects like getting drinking water and improving irrigation systems delivered to needy areas in African countries like The Congo? That in many food policy councils around the world, including our new one here in Nova Scotia, almost all have Slow Food members volunteering their time and energy to shape a better food future for all? (more…)