(By the organizing committee of Slow Fish in New Orleans)
Slow Food New Orleans will host Slow Fish 2016: Gateway to the Americas, March 10-13, 2016 in New Orleans at the Old US Mint and French Market. This Slow Fish event is an international gathering of fishers, scientists, chefs, students, food artisans and engaged citizens and gastronomes that aims to address the many ecological, economic, cultural and political challenges that impact fisheries, habitats, oceans, sustainable fishers and cultural seafood systems.
Slow Fish International has been held every two years in Genoa, Italy. Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will be the first time the event will be held in the western hemisphere. In addition to the conference and festival, Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will feature a traditional Lenten Friday Night Fish Fry at the French Market, tours of Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing wetlands and coast and other events around town and throughout the region. Moreover, on Sunday, the Crawfish and Cochon event will unite Slow Fish and Slow Meat at the new Crescent Park on the river across the street from the Mint.
“Gateway to the Americas” is the theme of Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans. New Orleans was once known as the “Gateway to the Americas” as it is the central port of trade connecting North America with Central and South America. Thus, the theme was selected as both a tribute to New Orleans’ history and to invite Slow Fish & Slow Food delegates throughout the Americas to come to New Orleans.
Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will be both a convening of Slow Fish delegates from around the world and also a public seafood festival. Slow Fish and Slow Food delegates from around the world will gather to discuss issues impacting fisheries and oceans and develop strategies to promote small-scale fisheries and preserve heritage seafood traditions, while the festival is designed to engage the public in a celebration of the diversity of fishing and culinary cultures across the Americas to promote the Slow Food mission of Good, Clean and Fair Food for Everyone.
You are very welcome to come and participate to contribute ideas, skills and knowledge, and of course, to help fundraise to unable fishermen from your area to attend the gathering.
Dana Honn – Co-chair, Slow Food New Orleans