- Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Sunday, December 8th
a Go Slopotluck
a free event |
doors open at 5pm
at the Chilmark Community Center
celebrate Slow Food USA’s Terra Madre Day and bring a dish for 6 to share, using a local or a local and endangered food
BYOP/BYOB – place settings and beverages
All over the world, traditional food products are disappearing, along with the knowledge, techniques, cultures and landscapes related to their production.
Help restore and celebrate our biologically and culturally diverse food in the face of ever-increasing generic production of foods for the sake of distribution and profit.
check out Slow Food’s Ark of Taste -
a project to catalog and protect these foods.
and the efforts of the RAFT alliance with their catalog of New England Foods at Risk
EAT TO SAVE Grow RAFT or ARK listed foods in your garden. Encourage farmers to grow or raise listed food, chefs to serve it and retailers to sell it in your community • Celebrate the unique food of your region by hosting an endangered foods meal or American Traditions Picnic • Become a seed saver or fruit explorer and exchange varieties with others in your community
results of our 2013 Event Survey gave us an exciting list
of programming suggestions
a Farm Trails Tour,
cultural food night potlucks, some in private homes
a Farm and Backyard Chicken Coup tour & brunch
(Coop de Ville Tour in August)
an outdoor cooking event
All About GMO events (Genetic Roulette: the movie in May & July)
(It’s not just a) Tomato Festival
$5 Food Challenge group cook
Island Farm Family Histories Around Food
Planting and Managing Sustainable Gardens
Foraging & Food (Heavy Nettles: Spring greens in May)
a Sausage Making workshop
a Breads & Spreads & Butters workshop
a local catch dinner (Oysters at the Port Hunter)
and a special (fun)draising event
- Thanks to all who contributed your ideas.
- Questions? Contact: email@example.com
PAST EVENTS in 2013
October 22, in Celebration of Oysters. It was an evening of feasting on Oyster hors d’oeuvres and dinner at the Port Hunter restaurant in Edgartown, sponsor of the event benefiting Slow Food MV and the MV Shellfish Group. Shellshocked, the movie, showed us why oysters are important to our eco-system and our health. Nic Turner of Honeysuckle Oyster Farm and Rick Karney of MV Shellfish Group lead a Q & A about what it means to be an oyster grower in Katama Bay, and the world of oysters and their importance here on the Vineyard.
October 5th, Living Local Harvest Festival. An active day of community.
Slow Food organized tastings from various food suppliers, from Lattanzi’s ice cream to Pie Chicks to MV Salt. In the Slow Food booth we gave samples of Beach Plum Brandy, showcased our year’s events and talked to people about Slow Food’s principles of Good Clean and Fair Food.
Cape resident Marie McHugh, cousin of island builder Leo McHugh, held the lucky ticket for The Silo chicken coop raffled by Slow Food MV at Saturday’s Living Local Harvest Festival. The raffle of the custom coop, designed by 3 designers from the office of Hutker Architects – Tom Shockey, Sean Dougherty and Nelson Giannakopoulos – raised funds for Slow Food’s 2014 educational programming activities, in addition to support given to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger.
Marie, who bought her winning ticket at the Falmouth Farmers Market, decided the coop would be put to good use as a backyard chicken educational tool at Miss Scarlett’s Blue Ribbon Farm in Yarmouth. Susan and Jim Knieriem, owners of this 33acre farm operate a meat & vegetable CSA along with giving educational tours to school children and adults alike. He stresses the importance of humanely and sustainably raised products, and believes we should all know WHO your farmer is and how your food is raised. Jim is president of the Cape and Islands Farm Bureau.
August 15-18th, The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. Four days of country fair activities | the livestock barn – our chicken exhibit, Freddie Fisher’s sow giving birth to 10 little ones & lots of island animals | the draft horse and oxen pulls | the fiber tent with it’s animals | the racing pigs | the exhibit hall of art, veggies, crafts, and island orgs | woodsman competition | skillet throw | equestrian shows | sheep shearing | and food and rides and more! see the photos….
August 4th, 10:30am-4pm, Coop de Ville Tour, an egg-elicious brunch followed bya farm and backyard coop tour that gave visitors an up-close peek into the living quarters of some of the Vineyard’s fine-feathered friends and uncovered the mystique of the Local Egg. Visitors learned about “fresh” eggs, “local” eggs and the chicken keepers that make it all happen. Some of the Tour topics included egg labeling, how laying chickens are raised, the flavor of an egg, chicken breeds and what eggs they lay, the farm-to-table movement, and how to become a chicken keeper.
and for Coop Stories, a Local Egg Map, and a description of Tour Sites
May 5th, 10am-2pm, Heavy Nettles, a festival celebrating wild spring greens @ Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. It was a glorious, sunny day with cooking demos by local chefs, Gabrielle Redner & Zephir Plume, Cathy Walthers, Jan Buhrman, and Chris Fischer as well as a talk by herbalist Holly Bellebuono entitled “For the Love of Nettles.” The event was co-sponsored by Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
April 11 @ 6pm - Slow Food Annual Meeting @ the Agricultural Hall
Spring Potluck and members meeting introducing SFMV’s new president, Aaron Oster, and hearing from Board members about what inspires them to belong to the Slow Food movement.
April 28th @ 4pm – Slow Food and The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society
sponsored the showing of Genetic Roulette, the Movie. This film was the launch of the Slow Food MV – GMO Free Initiative. See the Initiative page for updates and information. If you are interested in attending or working on our group, please email Sue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAST EVENTS in 2012 -
November 18 @ 6pm - Community Harvest Potluck @ the CCC
co-sponsored with The Farm Institute and benefiting The Vineyard Open Land Foundation Cranberry Bog
October 11 @ 6pm – Seaweed: the New/Old Vegetable
See photos and get links to articles related to the event!
September 29 @ 10am -3pm – Living Local Harvest Festival
Food Tastings organized by Slow Food | held a Tomato Cooking Class and demo
July 17 @ 6:00pm – Recipe for Change with Fair Food Network founder Oran Hesterman
June 21 @ 4:00pm – Summer Solstice Picnic at the Allen Farm
April 7 @ 6:00pm – Dinner & A Movie: Economics of Happiness Click HERE for more info
April 26 @ 6:45pm – Annual Election & Potluck at Cathy Walthers’ Home in West Tisbury
March 23 @ 6:00pm – Wine and Cheese Pairing @ Morning Glory Farm - Updated with photos after the event!
Feb. 12 @ 10:00am – Matters of the Heart Brunch with Local Farmers
Feb. 16 @ 6:00am – Slow Food Leaders Meeting