Slow Food Causeway
What is Slow Food?
Slow Food was initially founded by a group of activists in Italy during the 1980s with the aim of defending regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life.
Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people, in over 150 countries that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment.
Recognising the importance of our local food traditions and the years of accrued knowledge and culture that accompanies this, Slow Food promotes true enjoyment of good food, and food production systems that provide good, clean and fair food for everyone.
Shane Holland, Chairman of Slow Food in the UK said: “We are delighted to award Slow Food Destination accreditation to Slow Food Causeway , in an area with such outstanding produce, and where consumers are looking for genuinely good local food.
“With the support of Taste Causeway, we are delighted to see a network of local food and drink businesses from right across the local supply chain, collaborating and working together to deliver the aim and ethos of Slow Food across all parts of the destination.
“We will see over the next few months producers highlighting their provenance, heritage and local traditions, hospitality promoting their Slow Food accredited menus and the food tourism businesses bringing the Slow Food Movement to life with events, tours and experiences.
“Slow Food UK has designed a special Slow Food Causeway logo, featuring the iconic Slow Food snail. We protect our logo fiercely, as it is recognised across the world as a quality marque endorsing Good, Clean and Fair food. Wherever you see this iconic, internationally recognised logo displayed, you will be certain to find great local food which sustains the local economy, is produced to the highest standards, is of the place and respects the local environment”.
Slow Food in NI is headed by chef Paula McIntyre, she said: “I’m delighted to see the launch of Slow Food Causeway. Having worked closely with the producers, chefs and growing number of food tourism businesses and food retailers involved in Taste Causeway for many years now, their ethics and attention to great provenance is the perfect fit for the international Slow Food movement.
“The varied, exciting programme of launch events is testament to the drive, tenacity and imagination of these local businesses, who are only just recovering from the devastating impact of the Covid pandemic.
“With a programme of signature, immersive dining experiences, opening up iconic National Trust landmarks for the first time, to a programme of intimate supper clubs, workshops and new Slow Food Tours and foraging walks, culminating in the first Slow Food Causeway Food and Drink Festival in March 2022 – it will be a must for genuine food lovers across the island of Ireland.
“There are plenty of accommodation options available to make a fantastic short winter and early Spring break.”
The launch of Slow Food Causeway launch programme of events and experiences is delivered by Taste Causeway and funded by Tourism NI in partnership with CCAG Borough Council and will run from November 2021 to end March 2022.