27 Nov 2009
The UNESCO world heritage site of France’s Loire Valley will be transformed into the gastronomic center of Europe this weekend as thousands of artisan producers, exhibitors, youth, media, and the public flood to Slow Food’s Euro Gusto festival that opened today.
At a time when more and more decisions affecting the future of agriculture and food are being made at the European level, Euro Gusto and Slow Food are creating a new space for exchange and collaboration across Europe. The weekend’s events will see the coming together of stakeholders from a range of sectors including food, agriculture, environment and public health, as well as others interested in the future of our food system.
The four-day festival opened this morning with an inauguration attended by political figures and the inauguration of Terra Madre for European Youth – a forum of hundreds of farmers, cooks, journalists, students, and apprentices under the age of thirty to discuss the issues they face in creating a healthy food system, organized in collaboration with the Youth Food Network. Today’s program also featured conferences and taste workshops on cheese, potatoes and wines from across Europe.
Organized by Slow Food International and Slow Food France, Euro Gusto will showcase a range of French and international products which demonstrate the association’s ethos of a good, clean and fair food system. The event will also feature hundreds of producers of high quality artisanal foods, Taste Education workshops, a wine bar, children’s discovery area, as well as a market featuring rare food products and cultural traditions threatened by extinction that are now protected by Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity projects.
Eurogusto is being held in Tours, France from November 27-30.
For more information visit the Eurogusto website.
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