Goodbye to Goran Puaca, Champion of Rural Development in Serbia

When the foreign experts in social cohesion, regional promotion and combating marginalization, the ones perhaps holding masters from prestigious universities, want to understand how to work in Serbia to achieve tangible results and international recognition for a community, a place and its products, there is one thing they must do. They must go back and learn from the activities promoted, organized, supported and conceived over the last 30 years by … Continued

Saxony in Transylvania: The Bazna Pig

“The best things often come about by chance or by a whim of destiny. The same is also true for our pigs”. We are with Albert Binder, climbing the wide steps that lead up to the fortified walls of the church of St. Nicholas. We are in Bazna, a Saxon village lost in the timeless landscape of Transylvania in Romania. We are climbing slowly, at the same pace as the … Continued

Slow Food in Bulgaria supports the protest of residents of Kurtovo Konare

Today, once again, the residents of Kurtovo Konare village protested against the illegal construction of a stone quarry near their village.   Apart from the fact that the quarry will directly damage one of Besaparski Hills, part of the Natura 2000 network, it will cause a number of environmental problems – limited access to water, air pollution and practical spoilage of the harvest of fruits and vegetables, the main livelihood … Continued

EnviroDay at Sarajevo Film Festival!

As part of its campaign “Raising awareness of farmer cooperation” the Association “Okusi Hercegovinu” has held two events. The aims of the campaign are to encourage collaboration between farmers and stimulate the direct sale of traditional products and to raise awareness of conscious consumption with a local focus. EnviroDay at Sarajevo Film Festival This year’s EnviroDay was held in Sarajevo on August 17, as part of the Sarajevo Film Festival, … Continued

The richness of Balkan food biodiversity on stage at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016

Organized by Slow Food, the region of Piedmont and the city of Turin, the 11th edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, the most important international event dedicated to food culture, will be held from September 22 to 26, 2016, in Turin, Italy. Five thousand delegates from 160 countries, over 800 exhibitors, 300 Slow Food Presidia and 500 Terra Madre food communities will take part in the event. The International … Continued

Terra Madre Balkans, the voice of farmers in Tirana

“Mother Teresa” Square stands at the end of the long boulevard which, during the years of Italian occupation, was to shape Tirana’s new identity, molded by fascist architecture. After 50 years of Communist parades and being largely abandoned during the period of transition that followed, this square has been re-established as a central public meeting place following the visit by Pope Francis (in September 2014, when the huge space was … Continued

PELJESAC VARENIK HAS BECOME SLOW FOOD PRESIDIUM

On Friday, May 20th 2016 Slow Food presented  the project of the Pelješac Varenik Presidium at the Centre for Food Culture in Zagreb. The presentation was within the scope of ESSEDRA project promoted by Slow Food and financed by EU through the DG Enlargement. The participants to the press conference were Michele Rumiz,  Slow Food coordinator for the Balkans, Ivo Kara-Pesic, President of the NGO Kinookus and Marijeta Čalić, Mario Bartulović, … Continued

Terra Madre Balkans 2016 Kicks Off in Tirana

The fourth edition of Terra Madre Balkans, to be held from June 2 to 5 in Tirana, Albania, will be attended by Edmond Panariti, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration; Milva Ekonomi, Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship; Mirela Kumbaro, Minister of Culture; Brunilda Paskali, Deputy Mayor of Tirana; Alberto Cutillo, Italian ambassador; Yngve Engstrom – EU Delegation to Albania and Carlo Petrini, Slow Food President. … Continued

Terra Madre Balkans 2016 – “Putting farmers first”

Delegates from 12 countries will take part in the fourth edition of Terra Madre Balkans, being held this year June 2 – 5 in Tirana, Albania. “Putting farmers first” is the main theme of Terra Madre Balkans 2016. 350 delegates will be arriving from 12 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, The Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Italy and Albania). Slow Food President Carlo Petrini will … Continued

Carlo Petrini in Romania

Slow Food’s International President Meets the Local Terra Madre Network… Carlo Petrini, Slow Food’s international president, will be in Bucharest on March 15 to meet representatives from local institutions and the Slow Food network in Romania. Petrini’s trip will be an opportunity to talk about the upcoming edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, which will be held from September 22 to 26, 2016, in Turin, Italy. This will be … Continued