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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

June Event: Italian Food and Culture Presentation

Event postponed due to weather conditions.
We will advise on a future date soon.

Slow Food Waitakere, in association with Dante Alighieri Society


Italian Food and Culture Presentation

A special lunchtime event presented by Wilma Laryn, wine- maker and producer of the Italian radio broadcast, Cartolina.

June 8, 
Dante Rooms
Freemans Bay community Centre
52 Hepburn Rd
Freemans Bay

A highly visual romp through Italian art and kitchens through the centuries, exploring the connection between culture and food.
Wilma Laryn is a committee member of the Dante Christchurch, a teacher of Italian for Musicians at the University of Canterbury School of Music, and also a wine maker, so after the presentation there will be a chance to taste her Cracroft Chase Vineyard's award winning Pinot Gris.
Free event. Please bring a plate of something Italian for a shared lunch. RSVP to 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Slow Food Oxfam Biggest Coffee Break, with bananas too!

On Sunday Slow Food Waitakere hosted Oxfam Biggest Coffee Break in West Auckland. 

Fair Trade coffee and tea were served, together with a luscious spread of food made using local and Fair Trade ingredients. We had fish pies (fish caught locally by Yvonne), banana flower salad (banana flowers from Alessandra's garden in Waitakere), and an array of savories and dips (many vegetarian and vegan). Sweet offerings were made with Fair Trade chocolate, bananas and coffee, we had several cakes (including a vegan banana cake made by Penny, recipe here), chocolate salami made by Laurel and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate and chocolate/coffee ganache made by Alessandra and Arantxa. And of course there were chocolate squares, and bananas!

We were honored to have Julia Collins for All Good coming over to talk about Fair Trade. We learned a lot about what it means to choose Fair Trade for the farmers in producing countries, and also several interesting facts about New Zealand too: did you know that we eat 400,000,000 bananas each here in this country? Julia also gave us all a bunch of bananas, so thank you All Good Bananas!

A special thanks to Slow Food Waitakere members Penny and Yvonne for hosting the event, and to all who came along, and to the sponsors who offered Trade Aid goods for Oxfam's Biggest Coffee Break and Chocolate Break parties around New Zealand: Caffe L'affare, All Good, Whittaker's, Kokako, and Scarborough Fair. On the afternoon we raised NZ$510 for Oxfam New Zealand

See you at the next Slow Food Waitakere event!

Banana flower and potato salad: for the recipe click here

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini and Arantxa Zecchini Dowling ©

Friday, May 11, 2012

Eating is a political act.

You decide what you want to eat
You decide where you do your shopping
You decide who shall produce the food you want to eat

So ...

From Slow Food Switzerland


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