Friday, August 29, through Monday, September 1, will be Slow Food Nation weekend in San Francisco. Plans are developing for the event, which will bring together farmers, food artisans, consumers, commentators, and others for a weekend focused on good, clean, and fair food and food production. As described in the San Francisco Chronicle:
Two venues – the Civic Center and Fort Mason – will be in play. At Civic Center, it will be all about the farm, and a farmers’ market of 60 to 100 vendors. “Slow on the Go” stands will sell slow fast-food-like tacos made with homemade tortillas, dosas and grass-fed hamburgers. Speakers will illuminate issues that affect the food we eat, and activists and nonprofit groups will gather to develop ways to make the American food system more sustainable.
Fort Mason will be mainly about eating, with hundreds of American producers offering tastes. Each food type will be organized by a local specialist – Acme Bread’s Steve Sullivan will gather the bakers, for example, and Tom Worthington of Monterey Fish will curate the seafood.
An enoteca devoted to wine is on the agenda, as are taste workshops, dinners, and educational seminars. We look forward to sharing more information as it becomes available.
Attention will turn to Turin this October, where the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, Slow Food’s biennial international gatherings, will be held from October 23-27. News about Terra Madre, which is open to approved delegates and observers, is now available on the 2008 Terra Madre website. Information about the Salone del Gusto, which is open to the public, will be available soon, and we’ll share links and additional information.