My interest in food has always been a constant in my life. For my bachelor’s thesis (entitled “The Memory of Taste”) I had the privilege to study the Slow Food movement directly at the HQ in Bra (Cuneo, Italy).
Having the chance to meet everyone involved in this important project and, thanks to them, to submit a questionnaire to its associates for a better understanding of their eating habits so I could write my thesis—it was such a unique experience for my growth.
For those of you who haven’t already heard, “Slow Food is an international organization that was founded in 1989 by Carlo Petrini. It aims to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of faster living, and combat people’s dwindling interest in what they eat and where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.” You can find more about the organization here.
In these surreal times this topic is now more current than ever; Covid-19 has forced us to slow down, and so we have learned to appreciate the little things. We also get time now to prepare delicious homemade food to enjoy with our family.
These days we think more about the food we eat and where it comes from, and, most importantly, we are trying to support each other as much as possible. During this tough time, supporting local farmers is hugely valuable, not only for them but for our health, and for the community we live in.
Local food tastes better, is more sustainable for the environment, and it helps the local economy.
Slow Food Calabria have created “La Credenza”, an interactive map showing the best regional Slow Food producers: including extra virgin olive oil, wine, baked goods, regional specialities, and fruit and vegetables.
I do believe this is a great initiative that is worthy of support. If you think so too, please spread the word and share it with your family and friends who live in the area. Be sure to save the map for when you’ll be able to visit the region again.
Here you can discover the other initiatives launched by the local Slow Food communities in Italy, Belgium and UK (the article is in Italian).
Calabria is a region at the toe of Italy’s boot, in the extreme south surrounded by the sea (Ionian and Tyrrhenian), and separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina.
Calabria, both my surname and my native land, is the perfect destination for those who love nature and discovering untouched landscapes. There are mountains, three national parks (Aspromonte, Pollino, Sila), 500 miles of coastline and green hills.
In the 8th century BC, the region was colonised by the Greeks and known as Magna Grecia (Great Greece). Later, Calabria was the first region to be known as Italia (Italy) before the name was extended to the whole peninsula.
Here are some pictures taken in Calabria.
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