The World Celebrates Local Food During Terra Madre Day

Tuesday, Dec. 10, will be a celebration of local food, all around the world. On this day, the international Slow Food network will celebrate fair, local food for the fifth year in a row. During this "Terra Madre Day" events will be arranged in countries from Italy to Tanzania to promote sustainable and alternative food systems to their communities and local decision-makers.

Last year, in 2012, almost 160,000 people in 130 countries across five continents participated in Terra Madre Day events across the globe, according to a press release. Events included everything from organized meetings and debates to picnics and film screenings to farm visits. Key organizers of the activities are people from the Slow Food network, Terra Madre food communities, chefs, academics, youth, school garden projects, and Presidia and Ark of Taste producers, although anyone is welcome to participate or organize an activity. The events can take place anywhere — from big cities to rural small towns, from farms to restaurants, and even in people’s homes.

Here are a few of this year’s planned events around the world:

New Orleans, U.S. — Slow Wine and Ark of Taste Food Truck: Slow Food New Orleans organizes an event that will feature Italian wines from Slow Food’s "Slow Wine" guide as well as the Fat Falafel Food Truck, recently named by Zagat as one of the top 10 must-taste food trucks in the U.S. To mark Terra Madre day, the food truck will prepare a dish featuring an Ark product.

Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico — 2a Reunión de Decrecimiento: The El Bajío-Querétaro Convivium and the Asociación de Rescate de Tradiciones Gastronómicas organize a conference program about how to defend the environment. A two-day program will show producers, chefs, academics, and students how to celebrate biodiversity by learning and creating a revolution of ideas.

Mulfingen, Germany — Traditional Dishes From the Hohenlohe Region: This event takes place in a school where two traditional wintry dishes made of local ingredients from the Hohenlohe region will be served during a convivial lunch among teachers and students.

Turda, Romania — Cultural Attachment to Our Childhood Recipes: Slow Food Cluj Transilvania organizes this event to honour traditional recipes and remember childhood dishes such as biscuiţi şpriţaţi. During the event, a survey about cultural attachment to food will be carried out to strengthen understanding of this relationship.

Shkoder, Albania — Celebrating Forest Products From the Balkan Countries: This event includes a food exhibition and degustation focused on distinct forest and pasture products, and varieties from the Balkan region (Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Republika Srpska, and different regions of Albania).

Seoul, South Korea — Celebrating Kimchi Diversity: Organized by Slow Food Youth Network in Korea, Slow Food Seoul will host the event "Kimchi Diversity." Participants will be invited to share and exchange kimchi recipes to revive interest in this traditional dish and increase awareness of the diversity of recipes and local variations that still exist, especially in view of increasingly hectic lifestyles that are putting this dish at risk of being forgotten and substituted by industrial kimchi.

Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania — Eat Local - Improve Nutrition: Five communities involved in the Slow Food "Thousand Gardens in Africa" project will prepare local foods, mainly with products from their own vegetable gardens. As part of the event, three primary schools involved in the project will harvest produce from their gardens to discuss food values and cook and eat with their teachers. The Ark of Taste will also be the theme of various farmers markets. In addition, the participants will nominate different yams and Kimanshigha indigenous vegetables for the Ark of Taste catalogue.

Broome, Australia — Pindan Walnut Feast Day: Babagarra Aboriginal Incorporated organizes a Pindan Walnut Feast to celebrate Terra Madre Day. The organization will host an evening meal to celebrate the importance of Aboriginal women in securing food sovereignty, and their role in caring for their families and environment whilst continuing their age-old traditions of harvesting wild food plants such as the Pindan Walnut. The walnut was recently added to the Ark of Taste.

Mérida, Venezuela — 2do Eco Festival de la Papa Nativa: From Dec. 10 to 14, the second Eco Festival dedicated to the native potato will take place to promote the reintegration of autochthonous potato varieties into the daily diet of the Venezuelan people. Through moments of education and tasting, the event aims to illustrate the important role of preserving and reviving native varieties for gaining and securing food sovereignty, and bringing healthy and culturally important food back to the tables of Venezuelans.

The focus of Terra Madre Day for 2013 is saving endangered foods, as many factors, including the industrialization of agriculture and increasingly hectic lifestyles, are putting many traditional foods in danger. Slow Food works to select and document as many of these products as possible by adding them to the Ark of Taste catalogue. "The Ark" was created to draw attention to the risk of extinction that select products and foods face, and invite people to take action to protect them. Terra Madre Day will give an opportunity to describe and nominate new products, and to promote already existing foods and products in "the Ark." To find out more about events during Terra Madre Day, visit the event website.

Latest News

  • Ensure compliance to green laws, not environmental clearances: Ramesh

    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Notwithstanding India's need for "smart" environmental regulation, the government is working against the nation's interest by wrecking the very edifice of green laws, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday. "India needs smart environmental regulations that are transparently enforced. Earlier, speaking at a panel discussion on his book "Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, And Democracy in India", he said: "We are endangering the ecological security in …

  • AIFW: When stylists, designers turned models for 11.11/eleven.eleven

    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) It was a show unique in its own way as some of the known stylists, designers and editors of fashion magazines turned models for brand 11.11/eleven.eleven at the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW). Designer Shani Himanshu and Mia Morikawa feel that they cater to the common man and hence this different presentation. Some of the faces who walked for them were Lauren Massoulier, Rashmi Kaleka, Elton Fernandez, Rakesh Thakore, Divya Singh, Asit Bhat, Jeet Thayil, …

  • Ekta Kapoor changes show title for 'spiritual reasons'

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) TV tsarina Ekta Kapoor is said to have added the tagline "Yeh Kaisa Anurodh" to the title of her soap opera "Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar" due to spiritual and numerological reasons. According to a source, Ekta visited Amritsar earlier this month to seek blessings in the city of the Golden Temple, and when she came back, she decided to add "Yeh Kaisa Anurodh" to the Sony Entertainment Television show. The tagline is also said to be added keeping in mind the upcoming track …

  • 'Smart' audience will reject anything that is dumb: Shonali Bose

    By Kirti Arora New Delhi, Mar. 27 (ANI): Filmmaker Shonali Bose is all set for the release of her upcoming film 'Margarita With A Straw' starring Kalki Koechlin. The film, which would be released on April 17, is inspired from the filmmaker's younger cousin Malini, who has cerebral palsy. Talking about the idea behind the film, Shonali says, "On Malini's 40th birthday, I asked her what she wanted. The filmmaker while sharing her personal experience of working with Kalki says that the actress …

  • Yesudas lends his voice for 'Barefoot To Goa'

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Praveen Morchhale, who is gearing up with his debut venture "Barefoot To Goa", says he managed to rope in legendary singer K.J. Yesudas, to sing a song in his film. Morchhale told IANS: "Yesudas is very choosy. Then we went to Chennai to record the song with him." While Yesudas is known to have recorded as many as 16 songs in a day, for the song "Naina do nyare" in "Barefoot To Goa", the singer took nearly four hours to record as he wanted it to turn out perfect. …

  • Court rejects Salman's plea to ban media during recording of statement

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Salman Khan moved an application to ban the media during the recording of his statement in a 2002 hit-and-run case in a sessions court here on Friday but it was rejected. Judge D.W. Deshpande rejected the plea but directed the media to report only after the recording of Salman's entire statement is completed. Earlier, Salman reached the Mumbai Sessions Court at 11 a.m. to record his statement on the sequence of events pertaining to the case, which …

  • Abhay Deol finds it tough to pick 'original' films

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Actor Abhay Deol says he is choosy about his films and tries to pick original and out-of-the box scripts. "I have always been choosy and try to do stuff which is original and out of (unique from) regular formula films," the actor said here on Thursday at a dance show. …

  • Rimi Dhar debuts as music director for 'Gun Pe Done'

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Filmmaker Abhik Bhanu has roped in debutante music director Rimi Dhar for his film "Gun Pe Done", and he says he knows he has taken a risk. "The film's music is very peppy, edgy and soulful, just like the movie and upcoming music director Rimi Dhar. Dhar says her tunes are adept with the 'Bollywood masala'. "Director Abhik Bhanu has a dynamic quality of narrating the story and scenes really well, which helped us in the songs too. …

Loading...