Food for thought from Slow Food Saddleback

Those interested in knowing more about the sustainability and ethics of current food production and distribution have the opportunity to attend a special film night, organised by Slow Food Saddleback.

The Australian documentary, Fair Food, shows how producers are pioneering new approaches to food production and distribution – and why they are so passionate about it. The film is a collaboration between the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and food publishers and facilitators The Field Institute.

AFSA’s aim to is move towards ‘a food system in which people have the opportunity to choose, create and manage their food supply from paddock to plate’.

In 2016, AFSA constituted a Legal Defence Fund in response to the number of small-scale producers across Australia seeking assistance in dealing with inappropriate-to-scale regulations and planning schemes.

Slow Food Saddleback’s Celia Wade says that the message of the film fits well with the ethos of the Slow Food movement.

“Slow Food is a global movement founded 30 years ago in protest against the march of fast food and to support small-scale farmers growing good, clean, fair food,” she says.

“Slow Food Saddleback is a small group dedicated to informing the local community about good, fair food, working with Community Gardens and other local groups including the Kiama Farmers’ Market where we have run stalls and cooking demonstrations.

“We run monthly events including food producing workshops, meals and farm visits. This is our first film night, which we are running with the support of Kiama Council.”

She says it is great to see the revitalization of farming in our region.

“We are seeing young farmers producing new products and using the farmland in ways that attract tourists, and support the local markets.

“Let’s hope this is just the beginning.”

Details: Friday 31 March, Gerringong Town Hall, 7.30pm – doors open at 7pm, $15 including supper following the film. Seating is not reserved.

To find out how to buy  tickets beforehand, or to enquire about joining Slow Food Saddleback, contact Michael 0428 422 682 or Celia 0438 447 326


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