SLOW FOOD – Let’s face it: we are all busy. We don’t always have time to cook or even shop properly for decent ingredients. There is a rise in meal-delivery services as people increasingly delegate the preparation of their food to others. So it was good to see what interest there was in Slow in the City, the first of Slow Food Dublin’s annual food festivals last weekend. This event was aimed at promoting the ethos of Slow Food of good, clean and fair food.
Our baker, Fabrice, enthralled an audience with his animated demonstration on making sourdough. While he is very passionate about his subject, he made it seem easy and encouraged everyone to have a go at making their own. Set in the tranquil surroundings of the Sophia centre in Cork Street, the whole event epitomised the tone of the slow food movement. I was very proud of the way Fabrice educated the room, delivering the real bread message with his own unique passion – particularly as he was up before dawn to bake for the Market stall. Thanks also to Barbara, our office manager, for manning the stall on a Sunday, with the help of her junior assistant Oscar.
Slow Food is a global organisation, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat and where it comes from, and how our food choices affect the world around us. Slow Food also believes that food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment.
There were talks, panel discussions, demonstrations, tastings and workshops. The main theme was about the health of Irish soil and its effects on our food. The small market of Dublin food producers was well attended and perfectly formed, with the Bretzel Bakery there as D8’s local producer. We are always on the side of good food so we
brought our Blas na hEireann award winning breads and pastries to the Market stall.
Well done to Dee Laffan and team and we look forward to taking part in next year’s festival.
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