With so many foodie events cancelled this year, here’s something to check out. The Terra Madre, held in Italy each year, is the world’s largest Slow Food event and is going online with a special British fringe event.
Running from October 8-12, and all for free, there are speakers such as Patrick Holden and Professor Martin Caraher, tastings by world-class experts including Sarah Wyndham Lewis and the doyenne of British food, Henrietta Green. Plus, chef demos and discussions with chefs like Paula McIntyre, Peter McKenna, Wendy Barrie and Lisa Osman.
Panel discussions dive into ethical shellfish, how restaurants responded to Covid, and why Slow Food matters. Watch to find out the shared values that link Cornish-grown Tregothnan Tea, Peter Cook’s Bread, Just Kidding, The Bee Farmer, Oliver’s Cider and All Hallows Cookery School.
You can learn about the fascinating story of Kampot Pepper and be inspired by Jilly Dougan’s clarion call for children’s food education.
There are films about rural communities, small, local producers, and, in conjunction with Odysea, a screening of When Tomatoes Met Wagner.
Tastings are also available – try cider, Scottish Ark of Taste products, charcuterie, cheeses, olive oils, balsamic vinegars and chocolate. The idea is to buy a tasting pack in advance and you can sample along with the expert tutor or producer.
To participate, find the events you want to attend on the Terra Madre Fringe website and book your free tickets. You then just need to make sure you have Zoom!