Slow Food gatherings happen every day all around the world – from local activities organized by chapters, to national and international celebrations.
Getting together to share a meal and face-to-face conversation, to meet farmers and artisans, to learn and hear each other’s stories, to appreciate flavors and preparation methods: this is how we truly connect with where our food comes from and with one another.
Each chapter is unique, offering events that appeal to their local communities. These include potluck meals, tasting events, visits to local producers and farms, food movement speakers, film screenings/festivals, taste education workshops for children and adults, and/or fundraisers for local projects and programs.
Find your local chapter to learn more about events in your area.
Slow Meat 2014
June 20–22 in Denver, Colorado
Consumers, ranchers, animal welfare advocates, chefs and butchers come together to discuss the barriers that prevent us from moving our animal agriculture system from fast to slow, and find ways to overcome them. This gathering will feature a tasting event and plenary presentation. Tickets available in April 2014.
Past National Events
Slow Food Nation
August 29 – September 1, 2008 in San Francisco, California
Slow Food Nation was one of the largest events in U.S. history, attracting an estimated 50,000 people over Labor Day weekend in 2008. Organized by chef/activist Alice Waters among others, the event created a “Victory Garden” in front of San Francisco City Hall and included tastings, exhibits and a marketplace. Various companion events were also held, including panel discussions with food visionaries like Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, journalist/author Michael Pollan and author Eric Schlosser. See what the New York Times and Washington Post had to say.
AsiO Gusto 2013
October 1-6 in Namyangju, South Korea
The first Slow Food festival in the Asia and Oceania region will include international conferences, workshops, and exhibitions surrounding such topics as “Traditional Rice Varieties in Asia” and “Food and Spirituality.” The International Hall will feature a total of 1,000 foods, seeds, dishes or traditional cultivation tools on the brink of extinction, while the Korean Hall will showcase Korea’s traditional and organic foods.
Terra Madre / Salone del Gusto 2014
October 23-27 in Turin, Italy
Organized by Slow Food International in close collaboration with the worldwide network, Terra Madre is an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience of cultural exchange. More than 250,000 people from around the world that are passionate about food – including farmers, fishers, producers, cooks, Slow Food members, leaders and supporters – come together to share food products, food cultures, and knowledge. The event lasts for five days, although you can come for any part of it. There are food booths and vendors, tasting workshops, educational workshops and conferences, and organized tours and dinners. Terra Madre is the political gathering of Slow Food supporters and delegates for conferences and workshops; Salone del Gusto (“Hall of Taste”) is mainly comprised of food vendors offering free tastings and products for purchase. Tickets available in May 2014.