Slow Food in Canberra
Slow Food Canberra (Canberra Capital and Country Convivium, or '4Cs') is a fully volunteer, not-for-profit community group that advocates for a food system defined by the three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair:
GOOD: a fresh, nutritious and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of the local culture;
CLEAN: food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health;
FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers.
Our members come from all across the community — membership is open to anyone who shares the Slow Food philosophy.
Locally, Slow Food Canberra looks to connect local producers and consumers. We embrace the notion of 'co-producer' - the
"conscious consumer who goes beyond the passive role of consuming and takes an interest in those
who produce our food, how they produce it and the problems they face in doing so. In actively
supporting food producers, we become part of the production process. The term co-producer was
coined by Slow Food to highlight how collectively our consumer choices can bring great change to how
food is cultivated, produced and distributed."
We support national activities to promote a fair food system for all Australians. We also fund-raise for local, regional and international projects that support the Slow Food ethos.
What does this mean in practical terms ?
As a volunteer organisation, what we can do locally is, to some extent, determined by the people involved and their motivations — we are always happy to take on board new suggestions for ways we can, together, give life to the Slow Food philosophy !
A priority for us is participation in food and wine related events that are both fun and informative. Part of the Slow Food message is to know that not only is food an essential part of survival, but is also central to culture and the enjoyment of life. Food and community are inextricably linked, and our activities try to reflect that.
We also hold information stalls at local events, run occasional film nights and speakers events, work in partnership with like-minded organisations in our region — and generally try to mix up a satisfying brew of activism, information and enjoyment !