Slow Food Oxon update - June 2007

Dear Slow Food Members:

This is my monthly update on Slow Food Oxon events and other matters. If you no longer wish to be part of this mailing list or receive this message twice, please state so in your message.

Carlo Petrini visits the UK to launch Slow Food Nation: Invitation to events

Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food International, is coming to the UK next week to launch the English version of his latest book, Slow Food Nation, Why Our Food Should be Good, Clean and Fair. There are several events during his visit that may interest you. Details of how to reserve your place are stated next to the event. Places are very strictly limited at the first two listed, so book quickly if you can.

8th June: SLOW FOOD NATION : Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair

Carlo will deliver the inaugural “Future of Food” annual lecture, taking place at 7pm on Friday 8th June 2007 at London’s Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ: <> ). Please book quickly via the website: <> (you’ll find a pdf invitation posted there also) and email, copying Fiona Richmond in , to reserve tickets and confirm booking details.

Saturday 9th June: Book signing at Daylesford Organic, near Kingham, Gloucestershire, 4 – 6pm ( As far as I am aware at the moment, no booking is required. The signing will take place in the Farmshop.

Monday 11th June: Official Book launch of Slow Food Nation: Roast, Borough Market , London@ 4pm (

Tuesday 12th June: book signing by Carlo Petrini at The Natural Kitchen, London

There will also be a public book signing by Carlo at The Natural Kitchen, 77/78 Marylebone High Street, London W1 at 5-7pm on Tuesday 12th June – no need to book, just turn up.

Slow Food Oxon Events


Thank you! To our volunteers Muryel Boulay, Lynda Brown, Jackie Rawden for manning our stands at Oxford Street Olympix and Appleton Farmers Market. Muryel has been now invited by teachers of the Abingdon school to deliver a presentation about Slow Food on 8 June. Muryel and Liz Wilding will put together a proposal for our Convivium to undertake regular school and Farmers Markets visits with talks and tasting sessions, so anyone interested in lending a hand is very welcome.

More volunteers are needed at the Children’s Food Festival, 14-15 July. If you cannot do the weekend, Festival organisers are inviting volunteers to help setting it up and clearing (12, 13, 16 July) Flexible hours are on offer and I hope more members will sing up to help. Let me know if you can help, please. Thank you beforehand!

June Events

Although not organised by Slow Food, you may want to spend a day out on a farm, true pioneers or local traditional farming. 10 June is the Farm Sunday this year and two local farms – Foxbury Farm nr Burford and Meadowsweet Farm nr Chipping Norton are inviting you to an unforgettable experience. Bring your children or grandchildren, it promises to be great! For details, go to and look in Events.


4 July – Slow Food Book club meeting at the Summertown Wine Café. Attention: because the Meat, vegetables … book is not on offer yet in the UK, we have decided to go for Ruth Reichl’s “Garlic and Sapphires” this time. Sign up with Liz Wilding at


The 26th annual meeting of the Oxford Symposium takes place this year at St Catherine's College, Oxford, 7-9 Sept.2007, on the subject of FOOD AND MORALITY. The opening address is to be given by Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine, followed by a panel on products that present ethical problems: Raymond Blanc on Kobe beef; Henrietta Green on chickens; Armando Manni on olive oil labelling; John Scharffenberger on Fair-Trade goods; and Prof. Tim Lang will speak on public policy. Registration forms can be downloaded on Claudia

Asparagus Tasting, 19 May

Thank you! To Iain Tolhurst for hosting the event, for his meaningful farm walk and for offering his last asparagus this season. And Thank you! to Sophie Grigson for the delicious asparagus dishes and sauces, and for her cooking tips. It was delicious. Even the white asparagus, kindly brought by Muryel went well, we wondered how it would taste when fresh from the farm… Out of all types on offer we all agreed “to stay local”.

Also a big thank you for your kind donations in support of a new Convivium in Moldova. I will be travelling to Moldova at the end of June, planning to launch the first Slow Food Moldova and the £90.00 raised will go a long way there!

On another note, though, I would like to mention that this was the first event when we made a financial loss. 6 people sent very late notices or just did not turn up, and this caused the loss.

At Slow Food Oxon we always try to organise cheap but enjoyable events, with good food, plenty to drink and inspirational presenters. Those who organised an event know how much effort and time goes into organising a memorable event, and there are always people volunteering their time and resources to make it a success.

We only do this for our members and friends, but we incur costs, we buy the ingredients, etc, never counting our time or personal expenses. Yet, we are not prepared to face losses, and I think it is up to each of us to be responsible for our words. We could of course collect the checques before the event, but again – this is more time consuming, whilst we try to keep things local and simple. So, I guess this is my call for all members in the future to be more understanding of those who organise Slow Food events and maybe support us otherwise if coming in person turns impossible.

Thank you,
Yours faithfully,
Tamara Schiopu