The first annual Slow Food Nation conference is coming up on Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco, and I hope to be there. (Let’s hope my recent stretch of bad luck ends and I can actually manage to go!) Tentative program highlights were just published, and if this isn’t my ideal vacation, I don’t know what is. Check it out below the jump:
Location 1: Civic Center
A spectacular vegetable garden of over 15,000 sq. ft. will showcase a model urban farm.
A Seat at the Table
This ticketed dinner on Civic Center Plaza will celebrate a good, clean and fair food system featuring a mix of food grown in urban gardens and products grown on farms in Yolo, Napa, and Contra Costa counties.
60-100 growers and artisans, each presenting a single high-quality product with each stand’s visual and informational context highlighting how the product is grown and produced. A soapbox within the market will feature a rotating roster of farmers, sharing their stories and outlook. Free of charge.
Slow on the Go
10 stands featuring emblematic, affordable foods from across the country made from entirely sustainable, fully source-verified ingredients: tacos made with homemade tortillas; South Indian dosas; grassfed hamburgers; Vietnamese sandwiches; Afghan bolani; and more.
Food for Thought
Speakers series including journalists, scientists, advocates, and business people speaking about issues that intersect with food: climate change; food access; education reform; youth empowerment; and more.
300 NGO leaders and activists in the fields of social justice, the environment, agriculture, culture and policy will focus on a common theme of forging a “slow” and sustainable food system.
Over 300 Slow Food Convivium (chapter) leaders from all fifty states will attend the congress.
Farm Bill, Immigration, and Education Forums
Presentations in the Rotunda and Light Courts of the Civic Center on hot-button issues in the food system, targeted at media, policy-makers, and “changemakers”.
Location 2: Fort Mason Center
The Taste Hall will offer products from hundreds of American producers grouped by type of product, and each curated by an expert in the field. Taste Areas include: Fish, Cheese, Olive Oil, Bread, Pickles & Chutneys, Jams & Preserves, Cured Meat, Microbrews, Wine, and more.
Directly in front of the Taste pavilion, Explore is a fun open space for kids and families that explains the food cycle, from growing to transforming to consumption to composting.
At a Workshop, 30-60 people at a time participate in guided tastings while hearing the stories behind the foods directly from the producers.
At Other Locations
Slow Food on Film
International documentary, short and full-length films.
Taste of Marin (Sunday, August 31, Fort Mason)
Marin Organic, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and Marin Farmers Markets are partnering with Slow Food Nation to host their annual local food event, dedicated to supporting and promoting Marin’s agricultural bounty.
Slow Food Nation Dinners
Bay Area restaurants in all price ranges selected for their good food and commitment to sustainability will host dinners during the event. Each dinner will be held in partnership with a non-profit focused on sustainability, the environment, social justice, nutrition, and other areas.
Itineraries exploring the food and fishery landscape – including urban gardens, watersheds, farms, and gastronomic hotspots – of the greater Bay Area. Coordinated in collaboration with Food and Wine Trails.
Hikes in collaboration with local non-profits in agricultural landscapes of the Bay Area.
Slow Food Nation Music Festival
Two-day concert at Great Meadow (adjacent to Fort Mason Center), featuring rock and world music performers.