(Cut from the Official International Press Release sent by Slow Food International)
The international Salone del Gusto event, organized in part by Slow Food International, was back to Turin, Italy, this year in its 10th edition. Dedicated to the world of food, Salone del Gusto was once more united into a single event with the international meeting of Terra Madre, the network of small-scale producers from around the world.
Slow Food now closes the doors of this year’s event, which saw the attendance of 220,000 visitors, as well as 400 journalists from 63 countries. In addition, people from around the world renewed the excitement of cataloguing their traditional food products for protection by nominating hundreds of new products for the Ark of Taste project. The BBC dedicated 100 interviews to Ark of Taste products from around 50 countries, which allowed the small-scale producers to tell the extraordinary stories related to their product.
Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Food, said that Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre has become the largest and most important event dedicated to food-related topics on a global level: “This is the Terra Madre network, a network that consists of people made of flesh and blood, along with their passions and traditional knowledge. Slow Food is the thread of the network and the communities are its nodes. After these five amazing days, this network of physical people should never forget to use the virtual world and all the tools that modern technologies offer to stay in contact, distribute information and to strengthen the union between thousands and thousands of food communities around the world.”
Paolo Di Croce, General Secretary of Slow Food International expressed his thanks to all Slow Food members around the world, who worked with passion to enable delegates and their products from over 160 countries to join in this event: “The energy and passion that our delegates, members and local leaders spent to make this the best edition of the event so far is admirable. I cannot refrain myself from thanking everyone on behalf of the Slow Food International Council and I wish to renew our commitment. The topics that were at the center of attention during this edition of Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre – the protection of food biodiversity and family farming – are the real challenges that the world is currently facing and Slow Food will continue to work on these fronts with renewed enthusiasm and energy.”
Visitors showed a great interest in the international market areas, but also in the hot topics affecting the current food system that were discussed in a diverse program consisting of conferences, workshops, educational activities, and cooking school sessions. Slow Food was happy to see an increased interest in the practical aspects of gastronomy. The visitors who attended spent more time at the event than previous years and almost all Taste Workshops and Cooking School sessions were completely booked out.
Photo Credit: Spring Hawes