Following the launch of Slow Food Causeway by Taste Causeway many may be considering just what this means. 

Put simply, Slow Food is a global organisation dedicated to nurturing good, clean and fair food across the world. 

Founded initially in Italy by Carlo Petrini and fellow activists during the 1980’s, Slow Food has spread to 150 countries – encouraging the enjoyment of food as well as the recognition of the local community it comes from, and a more conscientious approach to the environment.

“We aim to reinvigorate people’s interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us,” says the official Slow Food website. 

Slow Food supports local artisans as well as spreading awareness of local food traditions and culture. 

However, their work doesn’t stop at simply endorsing local businesses across the globe; Slow Food strives to inspire change internationally through a myriad of programmes.

Since 1997, Slow Food began a number of biodiversity projects which ranges from saving endangered foods to protecting local gastronomic traditions. 

This also includes working with thousands of small scale food producers and granting them practical assistance: from training, to research, to providing tools and technical help. 

In 2010, Slow Food began establishing a network of 10,000 gardens in Africa with the aim of guaranteeing the provision of high quality, ethical food for communities to benefit. 

They also hope that through this grass root work, members of the community will become more aware of the value of their land.

Slow Food also works with the community through educational programmes for children of all ages. 

From as early as nursery school, children can get hands-on education regarding food sustainability through garden workshops. 

Primary school children may receive cookery lessons, and food enterprise sessions can be delivered to sixth form students to get youth thinking about ethical eating. 

For those interested in taking the plunge and continuing their gastronomy studies, Slow Food hosts a Slow Food Youth Network and also encourages students to attend the University of Gastronomic Science in Italy. 

The organisation holds a number of international events to celebrate the gastronomic traditions of the world and encourage worldwide networking amidst artisans.

Finally, Slow Food addresses hot topics within the food industry that are often hushed. 

Openly discussing subject matters such as animal welfare issues, rejecting GMOs, as well as confronting land grabbing issues, the organisation strives to place good morals back into food manufacturing. 

Slow Food Northern Ireland hopes to preserve the ‘unique culinary heritage’ of Northern Ireland, and to work closely with the agricultural sector. 

“Within Slow Food NI our aim is to work closely with farming and community groups to raise awareness of the global movement and increase membership,” reads the Slow Food NI online statement.

“We also work with food producers taking their products to achieve PGI and PDO status.”

In all, Slow Food is an organisation that kicks back at the fast pace of life today, putting the heart back in good food. 

The Causeway Coast and Glens is Northern Ireland’s first accredited Slow Food destination, Taste Causeway, the collaborative network of local food and drink businesses was awarded the accolade by the global Slow Food Movement following a rigorous assessment process. 

The global organisation dedicated to nurturing good, clean and fair food is coming to Northern Ireland from next month as iconic venues along the Causeway Coast come together to launch Slow Food Causeway by Taste Causeway.

Kicking off on November 5 to end March 2022, the programme will showcase the Slow Food ethos dedicated to supporting local artisan producers as well as spreading awareness of local food traditions and culture. 

Highlights include unique dining experience collaborations with the National Trust at the stunning Mussenden Temple and iconic Causeway Visitor Centre, a three day Slow Food and Drink Festival in March 2022 and a packed schedule of supper clubs, special menus, workshops and cookery classes, food tours involving over 60 local food and drink businesses.    

For more information about Slow Food Causeway go to tastecauseway.com/slow-food-causeway or follow the hashtags #SlowFoodCauseway and #TasteCauseway