One of the many things I love about Cambridge is the food! From street food in the market to fine dining and everything in between, this city has so much to offer. And now, Slow Food Anglia is hoping to establish a Slow Food Cambridge group. At a gathering in Thirsty on Chesterton Road last week, they spoke about their ethos and shared their thoughts on how the group might work here.
The Slow Food movement was set up in Italy in 1986 by Carlo Petrini to promote local food, food producers and traditional cooking. It encourages us to think about the sustainability and traceability of our food, as well as reducing food miles by buying seasonal local produce. Slow Food has also developed the “Ark of Taste”, designed to preserve heritage foods which are in danger of being lost. In the UK, these foods include Colchester Native oysters, Dorset Blue Vinney cheese and Jersey Royal potatoes.
The Slow Food Anglia group has run events very successfully in Norfolk. The plan for Slow Food Cambridge would be to run an event in the city later this year, at Harvest Festival time, culminating in a feast, a communal meal with everybody coming together to celebrate local food and community.
Of course, there are many fabulous food enterprises already happening in the city and Slow Food Cambridge plans to work in tandem with them. But it needs a group of people to get this enterprise off the ground. Do you care about your food, where it comes from and what you do with it? Do you have skills that could help get a group up and running? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes!”, please get in touch with your thoughts and ideas. Just leave a comment on this post or get in touch via my Contact page and I’ll feed back (pardon the pun!) to Slow Food Anglia.