Our roots


Slow Food is a global grassroots organisation that believes that everyone everywhere has the right to the pleasure of food that is good for them, good for the planet and good for the people who produce it. 

Not-for-profit and membership-funded, Slow Food was born in 1989 to defend traditional food cultures against the rise of fast food, and its consequences.

Today, we work to defend biodiversity, small-scale agriculture and artisan food production, and to promote sustainable ways to feed the world. It is not about slow cooking. It is about making the connection between who we are and the food we eat. And, of course, having some great times around the table while doing it.


Slow Food Edinburgh

Slow Food in Edinburgh began in 2001 and continues to be the main convivium (local chapter) in Scotland. We organise regular events where people come together to share the pleasures of local food, find out more about traditional Scottish food cultures, build relationships with producers and other food campaigners, and campaign on the issues that matter in order to influence Scotland’s food future. For the very youngest generation, we run a ‘Taste Adventure’ sensory experience at fairs, schools and events to make discovering real food fun. In 2013/14 we succeeded in raising the funds to 'adopt' an African garden in Sierra Leone as part of Slow Food's 10,000 Gardens in Africa programme.

Our 2017 AGM took place on 19th April 2017 and minutes are available here

Our 2016 AGM minutes are here.