Slow Food

Cheese 2007 Inaugurated Today

Italy - 21 Sep 07

At 3.30pm this afternoon the sixth edition of Cheese was inaugurated in the town of Bra, in Italy. Cheese is the biannual event dedicated to milk in all its forms, organized by Slow Food together with the City of Bra; an international exhibition of the best artisanal cheeses from all over the world. This year it celebrates its tenth birthday. Present at the inauguration were Paolo De Castro, Italian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies; Mercedes Bresso, President of the Region of Piedmont; Raffaele Costa, President of the Province of Cuneo; Camillo Scimone, Mayor of the City of Bra; Ferruccio Dardanello, President of the Cuneo Chamber of Commerce; Aldo Sartore, President of the Ente Turismo Alba Bra Langhe e Roero; Adriana Popoiu, the coordinator of the Slow Food Presidium Romanian cheese Brânza de Burduf; and Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food. The event, held on the terrace over the porticoes of the historic center of Bra, was opened by the Minister, Paolo De Castro. “Authenticity and distinctiveness are key words for the success of those products which are most linked to the land and the history of agriculture. Cheese has established itself as an excellent vehicle for maintaining solid traditions of incomparable value to Italian food.” The regional president, Mercedes Bresso, drew attention to the Region of Piedmont’s presence at Cheese. The whole chain of cheese production is present in Bra this weekend, from examples of different animal breeds to the cheesemakers who transform the milk into cheese, from Protected Denomination of Origin cheeses to protective consortia. Carlo Petrini thanked the institutions participating in the event, and also all the people who worked to make it a success. He emphasized that the best way to defend food products was not to curl oneself up like a hedgehog but to open up to other countries and welcome their cultures and particularities, as Slow Food does with the international Presidia projects. “The strength of Cheese, and Salone del Gusto in Turin, lies in their internationality. If the two events offered only Piedmontese food and drink, we would never have had such a global impact. But the future of Slow Food,” he continued, “is not only in this kind of event. It is in the hands of the 400 young students of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo, the only university in the province of Cuneo, considered the best private university in Italy along with Bocconi, according to the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. These students will be the ambassadors of Piedmontese food culture when they return to their own countries.”