“Slow Food” Fair Held in Streets of Italy

December 12, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. workshop / ˈwɜrkˌʃɒp / (n.) – a seminar or discussion that encourages an exchange of ideas
Example: The participants enjoyed the writing workshop.

2. gourmet / gʊərˈmeɪ / (adj.) – food that is of high quality and price
Example: Most of the people who go to the gourmet restaurant are very rich.

3. artisan / ˈɑr tə zən / (n.) – someone who makes high-quality products (like wine or cheese) in small quantities
Example: He is one of the most famous food artisans in the world.

4. sociologist / ˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒist  / (n.) – someone who studies the development and progress of society
ExampleSociologists study how people relate with one another. 

5. resist / rɪˈzɪst / (v.) – to oppose
Example: The organization was built to resist mining companies. 


Read the text below.
One of the world's biggest food fairs was held in September in Turin, Italy.

The Salone del Gusto fair, which ran from September 22 to 26, was organized by the Slow Food movement and Terra Madre network of food communities. Held in the streets of Turin, this year marks a change in the fair as it is the first time that it was held outdoors since its establishment in 2012. Aside from the streets, parks and some indoor venues such as museums were used as additional venues for activities. These activities include cooking lessons, dinner dates, street food parties, and taste workshops

Over a million visitors, 7,000 international delegates, and 900 exhibitors of gourmet specialties attended the fair. The visitors had a chance to meet farmers and artisans, and were also given tips on starting their own vegetable gardens. This is part of the Slow Food movement's campaign to encourage people to grow their own food. 

The Slow Food movement was founded in 1986 by food critic and sociologist Carlo Petrini. Its original goal was to resist the opening of the first fast food restaurants in Italy. Now, the organization also aims to promote local food and traditional food production. In his speech before the fair opened, Petrini emphasized the importance of people’s relationship with food production. His group believes that food production must follow a process that respects different cultures and the environment. 

Aside from the Salone del Gusto fair, the Slow Food movement and Terra Madre also organize other international events. These include Terra Madre Day, which is celebrated every year to honor local Italian food, the Slow Food Asia Pacific Festival, and Cheese Festival.    

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you agree with the objectives of the Slow Food movement? Why or why not?
·         What do you think is the importance of promoting “slow food?”

Discussion B

·         Would you encourage people to attend food fairs like the Salone del Gusto? Why or why not?
·         Aside from organizing food fairs, how else can a community promote its local food?

December 12, 2016