Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment….food that is good for those who eat it, for the planet, and for the people that grow it.
Here in Asheville, our local Slow Food Convivium is blessed with an abundance of tailgate markets, organic growers, food artisans, and incredible restaurants. We use tastings, field trips, and various kinds of food-centered celebrations to explore authentic flavors… and to slow down and enjoy a world of good food and good company.
Slow Food Asheville is a local chapter, or “convivium,” of the international Slow Food movement. The local groups are called “convivia” because they bring together, in a convivial and enjoyable way, people who love food and traditions. Our convivium was founded in March, 2003.
Our Mission Statement
Slow Food Asheville promotes and preserves the food culture of our region through the relationships between farmers, the table, families, and the community with whom we share our food.
Slow Food Asheville programs and events include:
- Appalachian Food Storybank – seeking to acknowledge, honor, and archive Appalachian heritage food stories in order to preserve diverse local traditions, natural resources, heirloom varieties and breeds.
- Heritage Foods Education – preserving food traditions and varieties through the Heritage Food Project and the Appalachian Food Storybank
- Slow Food on Campus – working with students and educating about sustainable food systems
- Slow Food Events in WNC – gathering together to enjoy food and learn from one another!