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The Italian Slow Food association was founded in 1986 and the international movement in 1989, ‘for the protection of the right to taste.’ With over 60,000 members in all five continents, Slow Food’s main offices are situated in Bra, a small town in southern Piedmont, the hub of a global network of local grassroots offices in Italy and abroad, the so-called convivia, which promote the movement by staging events, debates and other initiatives.

Slow Food projects range from Le Tavole Fraterne (Friendship Tables) – involving charity work in ‘places where pleasure is hard to find’, such as the former Yugoslavia and areas of Italy hit by earthquakes – to the Ark of Taste, a massive project which aims to identify and catalogue products, dishes and animals that are in danger of disappearing. Off-shoots of the project include the so-called Slow Food Presidia, through which the association provides economic support and media back-up to groups and individuals pledged to saving an Ark product. To provide public recognition for all this work, the Slow Food Award has been introduced, the first edition of which was held in Bologna in October 2000.

Read theĀ Slow Food Manifesto

‘If we wish to enjoy the pleasure which this world can give us, we have to give of our all to strike the right balance of respect and exchange with nature and the environment. This is why we like to define ourselves as ‘eco-gastronomes’ . The fact is that our pleasure cannot be disconnected from the pleasure of others, but it is likewise connected to the equilibrium we manage to preserve (and in many cases revive) with the environment we live in.’

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Bra, Piedmont, Italy

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Bra, Piedmont, Italy 44.692343, 7.855116 Slow Food AssociationBra CN, Italy (Directions)


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