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Farmers are Part of Slow Food

By Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan

Yes, it’s not just consumers and diners and chefs. It all starts with the farmer.

Slow Food is about enjoining farmers to keep planting our old heirloom varieties of food. And we have just the event cooked up (pardon the pun) for it on August 6 as our volunteer chef Margarita Fores (Asia’s Best female chef) shares her famous Grace Park restaurant menu with our farmers, yes real farmers that you the reader will help feed on this special day, this special lunch. We will finally break bread with the people who really feed us—the farmers.

As we were planning our third WOFEX event, we know that the public is really interested in helping preserve traditional cooking, heirloom varieties of rice and cacao and souring agents. What better way to cement the relationship between farmer and consumer but to have them come face-to-face. Just like people who have never touched soil, nor planted anything, many consumers have never met a farmer.

So we thought a special meal with a farmer may be a life-changing experience for both consumer and farm guy. The consumer knows about organic and slow food, but the farmers simply plants and reaps. We need to be on the same page. Plant old varieties. Use heirloom seeds. Practice natural farming. Nothing artificial. Use soil instead of other media. (That’s what Earthbeat Farms did. They shifted from hydro to soil).

Earthbeat Farms joins Slow Food

Earthbeat Farms joins Slow Food

And on August  6, we will be able to also talk to the farmers and ask why they do or do not yet grow our traditional varieties—like Siling Labuyo, Batwan, Sua, Tabon Tabon, and why they stopped growing heirloom rice varieties. It will be a fun lunch talking about the same ingredients our grandmothers used but maybe some farmers do not know anymore. It may be that they think there is no market for these “old varieties”. Not everything is about newer choices, higher yields, and seeds that are nowhere to be found (check out the prominence of seedless fruits now). It used to be that our mothers planted the very seeds in our fruits at the table in our backyards. Today, mothers are proud to find fruits that are happily seedless without thinking of its effects on farming and sustainability.

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Slow Food Summit at WOFEX 2015

SLOW FOOD SUMMIT at WOFEX 2015 2

What do you remember our parents telling us about eating? Chew your food to avoid indigestion.

These days however, indigestion may come not only in not chewing properly our food but it can also come from eating at fast-food joints or eating hurriedly  because you are off to a meeting somewhere.

Few people know that there are far more benefits from slowing down, and carefully preparing your food and enjoying eating it. A  group of people are actually advocating this. This group says “no” to fast food and fast life, rather they are pushing for glocal (global-local), which support sustainable farming to make sure that you have good and clean food on your table.

Get to know more about Slow Food and the group behind at the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2015 from August 5 to 8 at the SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center in Pasay City.  There is a Slow Food Summit  on August 7, Friday, at Function Room 2 of SMX Convention Center.

What to expect at Slow Food Summit?

  • The Ark of Taste exhibit, a showcase of some endangered Filipino food. The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue designed to preserve at-risk heritage food items that are sustainably produced, unique in taste and part of a distinct ecoregion. The Philippine list has 32 products listed such as the adlai cereal, barako coffee bean, batuan, criollo cacao, kadios, kamias, some different heritage rice varieties, luyang dilaw to name a few.
  • Pop-up food tasting booths by Down to Earth (free-range meats and chicken), Fresh Start Organic from Negros Occidental, Cordillera Network (heritage rice), Cara Milk Dairy ice cream, Theo and Philo chocolates, Pamora Farm (free-range chicken and eggs), Malipayon Farms, Meliomar (sustainable fish), and ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle.
  • A lot of sharing through educational sessions on interconnectedness and influences of food together: the plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Network and learn from participating chefs Robby Goco of  Green Pastures, Margarita Fores of Lusso and Cibo, Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung in Pampanga, Jam Melchor of Healthy Eats food delivery service, and Chele Gonzales of ArroZeria and Vask.
  • Slow Food Lunch

Good deals at Slow Food Summit

Here’s a good deal for those interested to join the Slow Food Summit.

  • Sign up and join Slow Food  online HERE or on-site. On-site membership is only P500 and then you only pay P1,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, plus lunch.
  • Non-Slow Food members will pay P3,000 for the whole day. This early bird rate was only until August 1st but if you email today (or better yet leave a comment below) till August 4th, then you get a chance to pay only P2,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, and lunch.

For more information, visit Slow Food Philippines on Facebook or e-mail slowfoodph@gmail.com. Tickets are available at ECHOstore branches or call Gina at 0905-2871613, or on-site.

Also read Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food by Jeanie E. Javelosa on Philstar.com.

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