Terra Madre

Salone del Gusto, first held in 1996, is one of the world’s most important events dedicated to artisan and small-scale food and wine producers, as well as a forum of exchange for producers and consumers from around the world. The last edition, held at the Lingotto exhibition center in Turin in October 2014, attracted 220,000 visitors from over 60 countries, saw the participation of 3,000 Terra Madre delegates from around 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.

The global Terra Madre network of food communities helps in the fight against the mass industrialisation of what we eat every day, and the standardisation of food cultures. It brings together small-scale farmers, breeders, fishers, artisans, cooks, academics consumers and youth groups from across the globe. We have taken Scottish producers, farmers and crofters to meet with their counterparts from 150 countries at the bi-annual Terra Madre gatherings in Italy.

For Terra Madre - Salon De Gusto 2016 the event programme has changed substantially - both moving month and locations to take place on 22nd - 26th September in and around many of Turin's most iconic and historic locations - with “Loving the Earth” chosen as the principal theme. 

“Looking after the environment and the planet we live on is the most important issue of our time, and an obligation for everyone who works with food. We want to rediscover the pleasure of taking care of the Earth, together with producers, teachers, chefs, academics, farmers, food communities and above all, everyday people and families. For this reason, we are organizing workshops, conferences, tasting sessions and educational courses.”

The international event, which will bring together the best of the world’s artisanal production in Turin, will have three main goals, inviting visitors to learn more about: how to be a farmer, how to be a co-producer and how to be a home-gardener.
— Serena Milano, http://www.slowfood.com/loving-the-earth/