Slow Food Norwich is now part of the new Slow Food England region and the Slow Food International organisation. Slow Food is a global, grass roots movement which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to local communities and the environment. Hundreds of branches or Convivium and tens of thousands of members belong to this fast growing movement founded in Italy in 1986 by Carlo Petrini. Slow Food England was one of the four new UK regions created in 2014 out of the old Slow Food UK and it has grown rapidly in size in the past few year and is now based in central London.
Slow Food Norwich was set up in the Autumn of 2010 and though based in the beautiful city of Norwich, we cover an area that takes in most of north and north west Norfolk and includes the beautiful town of Kings Lynn and the historic market towns of Dereham, Fakenham, Holt and Downham Market. We hope in the future to also help establish local groups in some of the other large towns in north west Norfolk. There are also numerous smaller towns and villages in rural Norfolk whose economies depend on the local food industries and we work with like minded individuals in these communities to promote good local food.
Another very active Slow Food convivium in Norfolk is located in the market town of Aylsham just over ten miles from Norwich. The convivium was established in 2004 and at the time was only the second convivium in the UK. Alysham is also a Cittaslow town and the convivium members are involved closely with many events during the year in the town.
Farmers Markets and food and drinks made by local artisan producers in Norfolk are fast growing in popularity and Slow Food Norwich is closely involved with these valuable assets to local communities. Local food related events and workshops in villages, towns and cities are also growing in popularity and they now offer a real alternative to bland supermarket meat, vegetables and processed foods.
Slow Food projects are designed to inspire people of all ages to take an interest in their food, where it comes from, how it is produced, what it tastes like, how to cook it and importantly to enjoy it. Slow Food Norwich is committed to holding many food and drink related events and also promote educational projects connected to good food throughout the County of Norfolk in 2011 and in coming years.
Slow Food Norwich will also be working with other Slow Food Convivium and producers in East Anglia to hold and attend food events not only in Norfolk but in also in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Eating good is one of the most enjoyable experiences in life we at Slow Food are happy to promote good food and help bring the benefits to the wider public though workshops, tastings, local markets, educational projects, cookery demonstrations and monthly social events for members.
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