SLOW FOOD SCOTLAND WELCOMES CARLO PETRINI
Slow Food Scotland is delighted to be hosting a visit from the father of the Slow Food, recognised as one of the most important figures in world food and the defence of biodiversity.
Named by Time Magazine as a European ‘Hero of Our Time’, a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the UN and the only Italian on The Guardian list of ’50 people who could save the planet’, Carlo Petrini will be returning to Scotland after a first visit to the founding congress of Slow Food in the UK in 2005.
His five-day itinerary (24th – 28th February) will include lectures in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, meetings with local Slow Food members and leaders, chefs, producers, educators and government.
Carlo will also take part in events in the run-up to Milan 2015 Expo, in conjunction with the Italian Consulate.
‘This is an exciting time for Slow Food Scotland as we complete the devolution into a truly national body and now we have the opportunity to be inspired and challenged by Carlo Petrini. The interest has been tremendous with events like the Edinburgh lecture selling out in hours. We look forward to engaging with all those who believe that everyone in Scotland deserves a food system that is truly good, clean and fair.’ commented John Cooke of Slow Food Scotland.
Highlights of the visit:
A lunch hosted by Slow Food Chef Alliance member Neil Forbes at Café St Honore.
A public lecture and debate in conjunction with Queen Margaret University’s Gastronomy Department, focusing on Scotland’s aspiration to be a ‘Good Food Nation’. (National Galleries, Edinburgh, 6pm 25th Feb)
A visit to the Scottish Parliament to meet Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment.
A trip to East Ayrshire, hosted by Slow Food West of Scotland, to Dunlop Dairy, with local school children performing a ‘Taste of Burns’, and a chance to meet local members of the Ayrshire Food Network.
In Glasgow, Carlo will be lecturing at the University of Glasgow (2.30pm 27th Feb) on the subject of ‘From Food to Freedom – the struggle for a local agriculture’, as well addressing a Milan Expo 2105 event at the Glasgow Science Centre.
Finally, Carlo will meet producers and Slow Food Edinburgh members at Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market at 10am 28th Feb, and enjoy a farewell lunch at Contini Cannonball.
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