Slow Food Oxon with a local presence


Dear Slow Food Oxon Members:

It has always been our members’ desire to have a bigger presence in the county, as a Convivium, promoting Slow Food and everything that comes under its auspices: healthy eating, pleasure, tradition, networking and engagement.

I have negotiated a few events in the coming months that should fulfil this ambition of ours – by attending local, city-wide, county-wide and national events, all in Oxfordshire and the main thing we need now is volunteers to man the Slow Food Oxon stands.

12 May, Saturday, 12pm – 5pm – Oxford City Street Olympix

We will have a stall in the Energy Burst Exhibition, in the South Park, along with representatives from sports and fitness clubs and other ambassadors for healthy eating and living. This first ever exhibition will be hosted alongside all other activities, with the aim to get Oxfordshire stared on a healthier and more active lifestyle. This will be an exiting opportunity for Slow Food Oxon to publicise our services, distribute Slow Food literature and communicate important information to a “captive and active” local audience.

Oxfordshire Food Group will sponsor the stall (£100) but we need 2-4 volunteers to man the stand. We can split the day into 2 parts – 11am-2pm, including setting up the stand, and 2pm-5pm, including packing up. As a volunteer you are free to promote not only Slow Food Oxon but also your own products, should you have any, through samples, leaflets or even selling some (not alcohol, though).

20 May, 10am – 1pm – Appleton Farmers’ Market launch.

William Black (local resident and author of Al Dente) is planning a monthly food market, using locally sourced food where possible. It is hoped that it should be regular, monthly at first, and for the first market they will focus on a book written in the village in 1607, its 400th anniversary (Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book which was re-published by Hilary Spurling in 1987) and will recreate some of those dishes that she wrote about... This will be helped by the local primary school. So, they will make saffron buns, fruit cheeses (marmalades) and other dishes as yet to be chosen, so they would love to hear from any food historian who knows the period.

Organisers have offered Slow Food Oxon a free stand on 20 May, if we want to promote Slow Food Oxon. Again, we will need 2 volunteers to organise the stand, man it and pack up at the end (10am – 1pm).

14-15 July, Children’s Food Festival – this is a reminder that Slow Food Oxon will support the Festival through volunteers and we are still open for suggestions.

28-30 September, Great British Cheese Festival, this year at Millet’s Farm Centre, nr Abingdon.

Oxfordshire Food Group will sponsor the 5m x 2m stand in the Local Heroes Market (new) and SF Oxon can have their own stand within OFG stand, so we are looking at 2 people for each day (6 in total). If you decide to help along with your partner, you will get your free admission tickets and can split the day, so that you can have enough time to see what is happening at the Festival. This year the Cheese Festival is in Oxfordshire, so we cannot miss this opportunity.

Now it is over to you, have a look at your agendas and let me know which event you would like to attend. Again, thank you very much to all those volunteers who’ve signed up for the Children’s Food Festival. We need more!