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Piemonte is home of Slow Food, a grassroots organization founded and inspired by Carlo Petrini. On Slow Food website we can read:

"Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and as a result bring about great change."

What's Terra Madre Salone del Gusto?

Salone del Gusto, first held in 1996 and organized by Slow Food, is one of the world's most important events centered on artisan and small-scale food and wine producers, as well as a forum of exchange for producers and consumers from every corner of the planet. In addtion to that, Terra Madre is a sister-event started in 2004 taking place next to Salone del Gusto, as a network of food communities committed to producing quality food in a responsible, sustainable way.

The last edition of Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, held at the Lingotto exhibition center in Turin in October 2014, attracted 220,000 visitors from over 60 countries, 3,000 Terra Madre delegates from around the 160 countries and featured a large market with 1,200 exhibitors from 100 countries, including 300 Slow Food Presidia producers and 400 Terra Madre food communities.

previous editions of Salone del Gusto

What's new this year?

The event will be particularly “fresh” this year : as 2016 is the Salone 20th anniversary and Slow Food 30th, producers and co-producers have been invited to step outside the previous location, the Lingotto Centre, the former FIAT car-factory headquarter. The Lingotto this year will be just one of the locations, as events and markets will take place into the streets of Turin! It will be an innovative occasion giving new life and energy to food communities for the first time blended into the art and history of Piemonte's capital city.

Torino

As an official and accurate agenda of events and producers is under construction, take a look at the map of Turin below getting in one glimpse how the event will be spread out and it will involve the most iconic sites, monuments, squares and park of the city: 

  • Valentino Park: Italian and international market;
  • Medieval village: educational events for adults and children;
  • Carignano theater: conferences;
  • Royal Palace courtyard: wine shop, culinary workshops and food trucks;
  • Circolo del Lettori: tasting workshops;
  • Mole Antonelliana - Cinema museum: culinary workshops related to movies and cinema
  • Eataly Lingotto: culinary workshops and gourmet dinners;
  • Murazzi - Po river promenade: street food and beer;
  • Egyptian museum: food and culinary history in Egypt;
  • MAO (Museum of Oriental Art): conferences and workshop related to the Far East;
  • GAM (Gallery of Modern Art) outside Turin (Rivoli): contemporary food;
  • Venaria Reale (Royal hunting lodge) outside Turin: more gastronomic events;
  • Villa della Regina: Freisa wine tastings.

Piazza Carignano

The theme of the event, "Loving the Earth" sums up the Slow Food philosophy and the commitment of the association’s network to supporting Slow Food projects, putting particular emphasis on environmental protection and the need for all of us to be all agents of change. The focus is about rediscovering the pleasure of taking care of the Earth, together with producers, teachers, chefs, academics, farmers, food communities and above all, everyday people and families. Visitors are invited to learn more through three main goals: how to be a farmer, how to be a co-producer and how to be a home-gardener.

How to be a farmer

The Slow Food Presidia, which involve communities of farmers, herders and fishers from around the world all working to sustain high-quality food production, set a positive example for everyone. The market is the place to meet the producers who follow the principles and philosophy of Slow Food and where visitors can also receive practical advice on how to start farming for themselves!

How to be a co-producer

Eating is the first agricultural act; so to go from being simple consumers to conscious co-producers it is essential to understand the production techniques involved in bringing food from the farm to the table. There will be interactive courses, conferences, Terra Madre Forums and Taste Workshops, all dedicated to Slow Food’s major campaigns: Slow Meat, which promotes responsible, sustainable meat consumption; Slow Fish, which raises awareness of the richness and complexity of marine life; and Slow Beans, which advocates the many nutritional properties of pulses (indeed, 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses by FAO). The crucial role of bees in protecting biodiversity will also be a focus, as well as the importance of sustainable agribusiness, such as collective purchasing groups and farmers’ markets.

How to be a home-gardener

To love the Earth, it’s important to get to know it first hand, and that means cultivating it. During Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, Slow Food Education will provide ideas and solutions for growing your own Slow vegetable garden. Workshops will be organized for schools and families to learn how to make compost, choose seasonal vegetables, and take care of seeds: in the ground, in pots, on balconies, in gardens, in the countryside and in cities.

Valentino castle and park

Stay tuned for more details, tickets costs and logistic information.

Sources: Slow Food website

Written by Marco Scaglione.
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