Slow Food Carolina Piedmont Region

Slow Food CPR

Established in November, 2008, this convivia (or chapter) of Slow Food began as a group focused on cultivating a sustainable food economy for our region of the Carolina Piedmont. We aspire to include folks from all walks of life as we carry out our mission. Join us in preserving food and farming traditions in a sustainable way.

What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. The mission of this worldwide organization is to promote food that is Good, Clean and Fair.

Good: The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.

Clean: When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity.

Fair: We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.

Slow Beginnings
In Bra, Italy in 1986, a small group led by Carlo Petrini, set up a table complete with linens and consumed a home-made traditional pasta dish as a means of protesting the opening of a new fast food restaurant, McDonalds, in their town. There, on the piazza, Slow Food was born. Today, the organization has 85,000 members in 132 countries. To learn more about the history and philosophy of our organization, visit the Slow Food International website at


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