Friday, 19 September 2008

Slow Food Coming

The Sustainable Billesdon Group aims to '...REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF BILLESDON AND ITS ENVIRONS; TO ACHIEVE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE PARISH'. A reasonable enough mission statement, and one we should all subscribe to in our own towns and villages.

The latest initiative from the Sustainable Billesdon committee is a Slow Food Lunch on the 28th of September. The international Slow Food movement began in the mid 80's, it's aim being to help counteract the increasing dominance of the global food and drink industry, which is increasingly squeezing out smaller craft producers. Red tape and regulations are making it increasingly difficult for smaller businesses to compete with the bigger players. The economies of scale, and huge revenue streams of big business make compliance with the latest round of petty bureaucracy much easier to deal with. It's for this reason that small-scale food and drink producers need a strong and vocal advocate on the world stage, which is where much of this stifling regulation is dreamt up. This is where Slow Food comes in, a grass-roots organisation, helping to champion the high quality, and often unique produce of the worlds smaller food and drink makers.

The Billesdon Slow Food Lunch will feature food and drink from many local producers, including a box of our own Rockingham Forest Cider. There will also be a Farmers Market outside the Coplow Centre from 11.30 - 3.30pm.

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