Slow Food Oxon update - April 2007


Dear Slow Food Oxon Members:

In hope that you had an enjoyable and Slow Easter break, here are a few updates and reminders of our up-coming events:

We are at the all-times high with members reaching 76 in April. Welcome to all new Members and to all those who have renewed their membership.

We had a fantastic wine tasting in March. Thank you! to Ian and Ruth Bird and to Rosemary Strawson for putting together such a great event in a fabulous place. The wine tasting proved excellent value for the money and it was great to see so many new faces.


A Celebration of Local Food, 18 April 2007, 7.00 pm at the Summertown Wine Café, Oxford

This is not strictly a Slow Food Oxon event, but personal Chef Romain Alinat (Chef’s Table), who is also our member now, invites you to an evening of local food and wine. Chef’s Table will be preparing a menu showcasing some of this season’s finest local fare… Come and also enjoy a selection of local red, white, rose, and sparkling wines. Please, let Romain know if you will be attending


An Evening of Chocolate

Slow Food Oxon event organised by Muryel Boulay at Burgers of Marlow, in Marlow, now on 1 May, Tuesday, 7:30pm

Lovely riverside, great little restaurant nearby… and Muryel is bringing Lillies of the Valley to celebrate.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about growing, tasting and cooking with chocolate. Artisan chocolate makers Phillipe and Bernard Burger will take you into their world of craft chocolate. Price is £10 per person, cash or cheques payable to Slow Food Oxon. Those who have organised events in the past know very well how much goes into this, so let’s support Muryel and enjoy another SF Oxon success! Sign up with Muryel by 20 April, friends and family welcome.


Slow Food Oxon Book Club

Next meeting is on 16 May, 7:30pm, at the Summertown Wine Café and the book to discuss is Edward Trencom's Nose: A Novel of History, Dark Intrigue and Cheese by Giles Milton.

Our Book Club has become a very well established little group, and we always welcome all members, even if you have not read the book – the subjects chosen are relevant to anyone and it is easy to engage. Besides, we may have Tina and Ben back, with their newly born baby – is this going to be our first “Slow Food Oxon baby”? ;)

Sign up with Liz Wilding.


Asparagus Tasting, Saturday 19 May, 2pm-4:30pm

Local organic grower and SF Oxon member – Iain Tolhurst (otherwise known as Tolly, and my husband) is hosting the event at the Hardwick Market Garden (remember the Terra Madre dinner last July?) and local Food Writer Sophie Grigson (also our member) has kindly offered to run the tasting and tell us more about cooking asparagus. We will start in the field, where asparagus grows and is to be harvested for the first time this year and then join Sophie in the shed, for the tasting, with some nice bread, wine and other nibbles. £10 per person, to cover the costs, and Sophie will most probably have her new book Vegetables for sale. To sign up, please email by 10 May. Due to the popularity of these events, we will sign up members first, as places are limited to 30 this time.


Children’s Food Festival nr Abingdon, 14-15 July – Volunteers needed!

Thank you all those who’ve signed up for the Festival. We still need more people, for both days, so if you do not have other plans for the weekend, do join us in Little Wittenham, it is gong to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” event, but we need to know beforehand how many volunteers we can have, so let me know asap.

Food Tour to the Saxon Village of Transylvannia, June and August 2007

I am attaching details of the tour that may be of interest to you. The tours build on the very successful September 2005 trip to Transylvania organised for SF Oxon members by Jim Turnbull.

Jim Turnbull has been working in international rural development for over 30 years and in this part of Romania since 2002. He is founder of Fundatia ADEPT Transylvania, a charity registered in Romania and of Fundatia ADEPT Ltd, a not-for-profit company registered in the UK (soon to be registered as a charity in the UK). He and his wife Sally are members of SF Oxon. Those of you who visited the Salone del Gusto last year may have had the pleasure of tasting the delicious Saxon Village Preserves, which are a Slow Food Presidium:

Other Slow Food events and news:

Beer, beer, beer!
Beer enthusiasts or those who would like to get better acquainted with brew culture and quality beer, shouldn’t miss Slow Bier, April 27-29 at Helmbrechts Münchberg.

European trio join forces in the name of Biodiversity
The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, Fairtrade Italy and the NGO CEFA (European Committee for Education and Agriculture), with support from the EU, are jointly undertaking a three-year project to increase public awareness of sustainable development and the problems facing developing nations. Among future commitments, the group will develop a permanent exhibition focusing on protecting biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and promoting and certifying fair-trade products. The first activities and information sessions will occur during Slow Fish 2007.

Taking Back Life: The Earth, the Moon and Abundance

I am attaching a thought-provoking paper by Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food International, which was presented at the meeting of the National Associations in Pollenzo recently. It is intended for discussion in advance of the International Congress in Mexico this November, which will shape the future direction of the movement.

Slow Food UK will be holding a meeting for convivium leaders around the end of May/ beginning of June, at which this, plus the revised draft International Statute, will be discussed. All members are encouraged to send their feedback. I am sure that it will generate lots of debate!

Thank you for your time, taking to read this message.

With my Slowest Wishes,

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