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

Friday, September 18, 2009

Henderson Valley School's Edible Garden.

Dear Committee members of Slow Food Waitakere Convivium

Thank you so very much for your generous donation to Henderson Valley School's edible garden. We really appreciate how you are helping our school in such a big way. We also have a compost system, two worm farms and a Wetland. These are just some of the things we do at Henderson Valley to make our school more sustainable for the future. Here are some pictures of the Edible Garden.

Gill Robertson
Henderson Valley School

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Slow Food Waitakere talk at the Glen Eden Garden Club


at the
Glen Eden Garden Club

On Tuesday 15 September I gave a talk about Slow Food Waitakere at the Glen Eden Garden Club. Topics ranged from school and community gardens to the purpose of Slow Food as a whole. It was a lovely morning with lovely ladies, and we would like to thank them for their interest in Slow Food and their donation towards our garden projects.

We also hope to see some of them soon in one of our school gardens!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Slow Food Waitakere’s plans are coming to fruition.

Waitakere, Ranui Community House

The idea that we could create a food garden and use it to teach the community what growing food is all about and also provide tutors for cooking lessons is a step closer with the completion of custom made aprons combining the logos of Slow Food Waitakere and the Ranui Community House.

Pictured in their new aprons, partially funded by Slow Food Waitakere, are the children in the “Cooking for Kids” class on a Tuesday afternoon. Adult cooking classes are on a Wednesday and both classes have tutors who are Slow Food Members. A decision on a funding application to the local community board is due soon, and if it goes in our favour, Slow Food members will create a ‘teaching garden” and also fund an after school children’s class in growing vegetables.

Of course this has been a great example of many different groups and individuals in a small community working together to create something that benefits everyone. From the quilting lady who made the aprons, through the staff of the community house who donated the material, to the printer who did the work and the committee member of the Ranui Community House who organised it all. Essential in this was the contribution by all Slow Food Waitakere members, as part of their contribution is used for community projects.

The results have been all positive and we at Slow Food Waitakere are proud to have done our share.
Further details can be obtained from Karen Perri (09) 833 9064 or Claire Inwood (09) 8128192

Sunday, September 6, 2009

September Event: Viva Mexico!

Visit to Mexican Specialities
92 Marua Rd ,Ellerslie
Saturday September 19th, 2pm

A taste experience! This vibrant cafe is run by
Jose and Maria de la Macorra.

Authentic Mexican food , cooked with care in a warm , eclectic environment.
Jose and Maria will tell us about some traditional Mexican foods which we will eat for lunch .
See a Herald review by clicking here
It was also mentioned in Dish magazine , August issue , by Claire Aldous in her 'Between Courses' article as a recommended family run cafe.
Participants will purchase their own lunch from menu.
[Menu items range from $5 to $18]

Should anyone wish to carpool from West Auckland please be in touch.
Bookings contact Claire 8128192 or


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