About Slow Food

Many people ask us what Slow Food is all about, here’s the official manifesto from our international organizers in Italy…

The Slow Food Manifesto 

Isn't your life fast enough already? Slow down to enjoy all the pleasures of good food.

Isn’t your life fast enough already? Slow down to enjoy all the pleasures of good food.

The Slow Food international movement officially began when delegates from 15 countries endorsed this manifesto, written by founding member Folco Portinari, on December 10, 1989. Our century, which began and has developed under the insignia of industrial civilization, first invented the machine and then took it as its life model.

  • We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods.
  • To be worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens should rid him/herself of speed before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction.
  • A firm defence of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life.
  • May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.
  • Our defence should begin at the table with Slow Food.
  • Let us rediscover the flavours and savours of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food.
  • In the name of productivity, Fast Life has changed our way of being and threatens our environment and our landscapes. So Slow Food is now the only truly progressive answer.

That is what real culture is all about: developing taste rather than demeaning it. And what better way to set about this than an international exchange of experiences, knowledge, projects? Slow Food guarantees a better future. Slow Food is an idea that needs plenty of qualified supporters who can help turn this (slow) motion into an international movement, with the little snail as its symbol.

How can YOU get involved???

You can learn all about the efforts around the world of Slow Food International on their website, but the very best way is to support this non-profit by taking out a $90 annual membership (just $40 if you’re under 30!).

You can also Like our Slow Food Winnipeg Facebook Page and/or follow us on Twitter, but as a grassroots organization, we’d love to have your financial support as a member.

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