Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.

Slow Food Auckland, formerly Slow Food Waitakere, is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Best Sausages in New Zealand

Greg Scopas and Kathryn Katavich of Salumeria Fontana

Congratulation to Slow Food Waitakere member Greg Scopas, winner of the 'Best Sausages in New Zealand'  2009 Cuisine Artisan Awards.

Greg, of Salumeria Fontana, scooped the supreme award with his Sicilian Sweet Fennel Sausages made by hand in Wellsford using Canterbury's finest pork. Judges said the Salumeria Fontana sausages were "handmade with the greatest of care and the best of ingredients" and "exemplify top-notch artisan fare". They found his Sicilian Sweet Fennel Sausages "beautifully elegant, sweet and fresh, with great flavours, tasting clearly of pork and fennel and with perfect seasoning and tender skin". All Salumeria Fontana sausages are preservative- and gluten-free, and made from Murrellen pork from Canterbury, which can be traced right back to where it came from. Greg said winning the award was "just huge. We are pretty fussy about what we do, and it's good to get the recognition." Well done!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Children cooking classes in Ranui

Today I had the pleasure of substituting Claire Inwood as the teacher at the Ranui Community centre cooking classes for children, part sponsored by Slow Food Waitakere. Vegetables came from the Ranui Community Gardens and with the children we cooked pasta with fresh tomato sauce and herbs, and roasted capsicums. I found the children, ranging from age 5 to 12, sincerely interested, enthusiastic, capable, helpful and...with good appetite! It was a pleasure to teach them and I am looking forward to do it again next week. 

I personally would like to thank all of our Slow Food Waitakere members: it is because of you membership that these projects are possible, so thank you again, and don't forget to renew your membership!

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Ranui Community House is at 474 Swanson Road, Ranui. There are many classes and activity groups using the facility. The office is open from 9am to 3.30pm. Contact us by phoning 833 6280 or email at , 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Despite the rain we had a great Grow ‘n Show at Kelmarna Organic Gardens on Feb 14, with talks by expert organic gardeners and a presentation by Slow Food Waitakere.
Thank you all for attending.
Kelmarna Organic Gardens is at 12 Hukanui Crescent, Herne Bay, Auckland.

 Photos courtesy of Dennis Greville.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Article about Slow Food Waitakere

To read the article about Slow Food Waitakere by Tony Waring in the Titirangi Tatler 
click here

Slow Fish 2009

Fourth Edition of the Event Dedicated 
to the World of Fishing
Genoa, Italy April 17-20

Slow Fish returns this year over April 17-20, organized by Slow Food and the Region of Liguria, with support from the City of Genoa, The Province of Genoa, Carige Foundation, Chamber of Commerce of Genoa and in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. This fourth edition of the biennial international event dedicated entirely to the world of fishing and its problems, will be held in a unique location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea: the new pavilion of the Genoa Fair designed by architect Jean Nouvel. 
Slow Fish presents and discusses sustainable fishing and production, responsible fish consumption and the health of sea and fresh water ecosystems by involving a wide range of viewpoints - academics, researchers, members of fishing communities, representatives of public bodies and enthusiasts - in conferences, meetings, workshops and tasting sessions.
The Mediterranean Basin has a strong identity and is meeting place for many cultures. Thus, Slow Fish represents an important opportunity for discussion between these 18 countries – both EU members and non-members - on the future of fishing in the region, particularly with new stricter fishing regulations due to become effective in 2010 for European Community countries.  
Increasingly a major focus of all Slow Food events, Taste Education is a fundamental part of Slow Fish, and will focus on promotion of good practices to preserve the Mediterranean ecosystem. With this in mind, the personal shopper was conceived as a new feature of the 2009 edition - an expert who can accompany visitors around the fish market, assisting them to discover the wide variety of the fish available and to point out lesser-known species that are also highly tasty.  
Children can participate in various activities such as Enchanting Anchovies, an area in which students learn to recognize and choose fish and Taste Test, an educational journey to encourage young children to discover their five senses. Meanwhile, the two Dream Canteenworkshops provide an opportunity for experts from the catering field to meet and discuss pertinent topics relating to fish use in catering. In addition, the Fare's Fair campaign returns this year, with advice for making intelligent and aware choices in our daily fish shopping.
The Slow Fish market is a trading and exhibition space where visitors will find rich selection of fresh and preserved fish as well as a range of oils, spices, salts and seaweeds. The exhibitors from across Italy and the world are forbidden to sell products containing additives or artificial flavors or any fish species threatened by extinction such as red tuna, swordfish, eel or salmon.
Among the market’s stallholders, visitors will be able to meet with Presidia producers (19 Italian, 11 international) and 10 Terra Madrefood communities - outstanding examples of fishermen living in harmony with their surrounding environment, maintaining healthy fish stocks and increasing the value of their work by selling high quality, fresh catch as well as excellent processed products.
The Slow Fish program of Water Workshops will provide many opportunities for in-depth discussion of various problems relating to fishing and the sea, while the Taste Workshops offer guided tasting sessions. And the enlightenment continues at the table: in theEnoteca visitors can taste wines matched with various fish dishes, while the Seafood OsteriasIslands of Taste and Street Foodstalls will present gastronomic specialties from various regions.

Ufficio Stampa Press Office Slow Fish
c/o Slow Food:
 Paola Nano, 0172 419645 
Segreteria: Francesca Barengo, 0172 419653 – fax 0172 413640
c/o Regione Liguria: Mauro Boccaccio, 010 5485727
Nuccia Cifarelli, 010 5488898

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


95 bFM Greendesk in association with Framework ( present Grow ‘n Show at Kelmarna Organic Gardens, 12 Hukanui Crescent, Herne Bay, Auckland on Feb 14th from 11am-3pm!

The purpose of Grow ‘N Show is to encourage our communities to get growing produce, get cooking/ baking/walking/cycling, and have a go at living a bit more sustainably. Slow Food Waitakere has been invited to participate and spread the word, so I will be there and I would love to have some company/support. If any of you is interested to come along please let me know (email: , or tel 814 8993) and we will have a slot at around 13:00. Otherwise just come along for the fun.

The show will feature speakers & presentations, live music, and refreshments - all in a family-friendly environment. There will also be judging in the following categories of home grown and home made produce;

Peas & Beans; Garlic & Onions; Roots & Tubers (potatoes, carrots etc); Fruiting Bodies (e.g. tomatoes, courgettes, eggplant, pumpkin, cucumber); Sundry (from cabbages to kings!); Summer Fruit; Lookey-Likey (covers all categories)

Cakes; Biscuits; Preserves/ Conserves; Cordials; Sundry; Novelty

There’ll be awards for the best heritage fruit/ vegetable; biggest pumpkin/ root vegetable/ marrow/ fruiting body; sweetest tasting and best looking produce; longest bean and most deformed vegetable.

All items must be displayed on a paper plate or similar, maximum 30 cm diameter. There’s a limit of 10 entrants per category. All entrants need to get their stuff to Kelmarna by 9.30am on the day of the event.


This is a walk to/ cycle to/ bus to event. There is no parking provided at the site. Please leave doggies at home too.


For more event info and a full list of speakers contact

Friday, February 6, 2009


 05 Feb 09 - Sloweb

From new fish farms on Egypt’s Lake Burullus to the clearing of illegal fishponds in the Philippines and plans for offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico—fishermen, environmentalists, governments and resource managers are heating up the debate on fish farming around the world this week.


In northern Egypt, the governorate of Kafr Al-Sheikh revealed new plans to build fish farms on the northern parts of Lake Burullus, and was met with strong opposition from a local NGO, which is arguing that the project would threaten the environment and the livelihoods of local fishermen.


‘We know their intentions are good. They want to create job opportunities for young people, but the negative impact of such a project on the lake and the fishermen was not considered,’ said Mohamed Al-Feky, chairman of the General Aquatic Resources’ Cooperatives Union, a local NGO.


‘The lake already receives large amounts of sewage, agricultural and industrial run-off - about seven million cubic metres per day,’ said Izzat Awadh, adviser to the agriculture minister for fishing resources, adding that the discharges from the planned farms, including fish waste and unconsumed fodder, would add to pollution.


Meanwhile in the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) cleared 85 illegal fish pens across 8 square kilometers of water in Manila Bay this week.


Last year 241 structures were torn down as the DENR took action to cleanup, restore and preserve the bay’s water quality. Fishermen have protested against the move, however the department has stated that it is the fishermen themselves who will benefit greatly from the enforcement of this act, as their fish catch will definitely increase once all the illegal structures are gone.


And in Atlantic waters, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted in favor of a plan to allow offshore fish farming in the gulf this Wednesday, and is now awaiting approval from the US Commerce Department.


Those against the plan claimed the large cages and pens that would be used to raise fish far out to sea would pollute the oceans with waste and chemicals. They are also concerned about possible escape of fish into the wild and interference with native colonies, as farmed fish are often given heavy doses of antibiotics.





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