The Asian Angle at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016

Organized by Slow Food, the region of Piedmont and the city of Turin, the 11th edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, the most important international event dedicated to food culture, to be held from September 22 to 26, 2016, in Turin, Italy. 7,000 delegates from 143 countries, over 800 exhibitors, 300 Slow Food Presidia and 500 Terra Madre food communities are taking part in the event.

Afghanistan

The International Market at Valentino Park hosts one stand dedicated to raisins and preserves produced by the Herat Abjosh Raisins Slow Food Presidium.

China

An area of the International Market showcases products from the Ark of Taste in China. About 30 products are exhibited in this space, among which Soma herb, Hegou Village Jujubes, Wild big-leaf lilium powder, Yunnan Wild honey, Hakka Black Sugar and Ginger Candies, Hanyuan Pepper, Mongolian traditional milk butter, Mongolian traditional beef jerky, Wheat sauce, Luquan Hard Sugar Cane, Xishuangbanna Mountain Forest Pu’er Tea. Four Chinese Terra Madre Food Communities are attending the event:

  • Nonglu Rice Farmers – Rice is the most important crop of Nonglu village in Du’an county, Southwest China, located at an altitude of 150 meters above sea level, in a tropical forest near the border with Vietnam. 
  • Traditional Medicinal Herb Collectors – From the Leigong Mount Nature Reserve, where there are nearly 2,000 species, 43 of which are listed as nationally protected, rare and endangered species.
  • Wuzhumuqin cattle nomadic breeders – The main producing area of this cattle is in Inner Mongolia at an average altitude of 1,000 to 1,500 meters. The Wuzhumuqin tribes who live in this area have made a living from a grazing-based livestock business for generations.  

At the Terra Madre Kitchens over 60 chefs from four continents prepare the most authentic versions of the original recipes from each country using products from their native lands with creativity and passion.

On Sunday, September 25 from 17:30 to 19:00 chef Jianhui Qi from China presents a traditional Chinese recipe, Sichuan Spicy Dumplings.

The other side of agriculture in China – A Terra Madre Forum dedicated to over 100 Ark of Taste products, catalogued thanks to the work conducted by Slow Food to safeguard Chinese agricultural biodiversity with the support of producers, coops, local authorities, university professors and young people.

Fifty Shades of Hot – A Taste Workshop dedicated to all the types of hotness, among them the varieties of pepper, some of which—such as the Chinese Szechuan and the Japanese Sansho—have an anesthetic effect.

India

The International Market at Valentino Park hosts some stands dedicated to showcasing products from some Indian Terra Madre food communities: Nilgiri Honey Hunters, Indigenous Coffee Growers of the Nilgiri Mountains, North East India Indigenous Community.

Some representatives of the following food communities are also joining the event: Honey And Traditional Millet Community Of Tamil Nadu, Organic Ragi And Potato Growers Community Of Uttarakhand.

At the Terra Madre Kitchens on Friday, September 23 from 11:00 to 19:00 chef Sunil Gadihoke from India presents Tehri rice with pomegranate sauce.

India: the traditions of Naga cuisine (September 23 at 12:00, Eataly Torino Lingotto) – A Cooking School dedicated to the typical dishes and indigenous gastronomic traditions of Nagaland, in the northwest of India. Joel Basumatari, chef and proponent of Nagaland cuisine, presents this fascinating culture through stories and typical dishes.

Indigenous Terra Madre Kitchen 2016 (September 24 at 20:30, Le Papille Restaurant) – Culinary masters from two distant corners of the globe, Joel Basumatari of the Naga people in North East India, and Sean Sherman of the Sioux people in the United States presents the flavors of indigenous cuisine, from the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas to the western plains of Minnesota.

Fifty Shades of Hot (September 22 at 18:00, Circolo dei Lettori) – A Taste Workshop dedicated to all the types of hotness, among them the varieties of chilies, from the fiery peperoncino of Calabria to the jalapenos and habaneros of Mexican to India’s many ultra-potent varieties.

To discover more about the events that involve Terra Madre delegates from India click here.

At the Carignano Theater in Our Relationship with the Earth Through Contemporary Art, Amar Kanwar, Indian artist and filmmaker from New Delhi, converses with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev of the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, exploring art’s capacity to recount the political transformations that affect the environment and the landscape.

Amar Kanwar, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Davide Scabin are also participating in The Forms of Contemporary Art at the Castello di Rivoli, seat of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here it will be projected The Scene of Crime, part of Kanwar’s multimedia project The Sovereign Forest, which documents the impact of land grabbing in the Indian state of Odisha. The film tells of places, once belonged to the farmers and destined for the cultivation of indigenous rice, now the subject of interest from major multinational companies, and documents the social conflict between those who want to maintain biodiversity and those who promote GMO crops.

Japan

An area of the International Market at Valentino Park is dedicated to display Japan’s biodiversity. Among the Terra Madre food communities present there are the Ginza urban beekeepers, the Arima mountain pepper growers, the Tanegashima ginger growers, a group of young organic farmers from Kanagawa, the Matsuura City Food Culture guardians, the producers from the Farmers Market of Fujieda.

Here you can find the list of exhibitors which have stands in the international market: Slow Food Nippon, City of Kobe, City of Sapporo, Ishikawa Prefecture, Sayama Tea, SpazioMusa.

At the Terra Madre Kitchens on Sunday, September 25 from 17:30 to 19:00 chef Shinichiro Takagi from Japan presents Jibuni Beef. On Monday, September 26 from 11:00 to 15:00 visitors may try the Japan fusion special recipe prepared by the Japanese chef Yoshinori Tezuka.

At MAO – Museum of Oriental Art in A Dialogue: Living Harmony (September 22 at 15:00) there will be the projection of the directorial debut of Chigumi Obayashi. The documentary sheds light on the town of Usuki in Oita Prefecture, Japan, and poses universal questions about the future of food and the environment. Shinobu Namae, the chef of L’Effervescene (Tokyo), with two Michelin stars, will introduce the movie.

Taste Workshops

  • Fifty Shades of Hot (September 22 at 18:00 City Center – Circolo dei Lettori) – A Taste Workshop dedicated to all the types of hotness, among them the varieties of pepper, some of which—such as the Chinese Szechuan and the Japanese Sansho—have an anesthetic effect. 
  • Australasian Whisky (September 26 at 18:00 City Center – Bolaffi Auction House) – A tasting of whiskies from several distilleries, among them one in Nikka (Japan).

Malaysia

The International Market at Valentino Park hosts one stand dedicated to Malaysian spices, like the black pepper produced by the Rimbàs Black Pepper Presidium.

At the Terra Madre Kitchens on Thursday, September 22 from 11:00 to 19:00 the chef Nazlina Hussin from Malaysia presents Nonya chicken curry.

Mongolia

The Altai and Sayan nomads’ food community from Mongolia is attending the event with some delegate members of the board of the Mongolian Alliance of Nomadic and Indigenous Peoples.

South Korea

An area of the International market showcases products from Ark of Taste in South Korea. Two Korean Slow Food Presidia and one Terra Madre Food Community are attending the event and selling their products:

  • Don Tea Presidium, a fermented green tea variety produced in Jangheung, a county in southwestern South Korea.
  • The community of breeders of Hyunin native black chickens, one of about 20 native Korean chicken breeds documented in the Bon-cho-gang-mok, a medical book dating back to the Ming dynasty. 

At the Terra Madre Kitchens on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 to 19:00 – Visitors may try the fried fish with tarak-jook served by Kang Changgeon, chef from South Korea.

Taiwan

An area of the International Market hosts producers of a traditional soybean sauce, also on the Slow Food Ark of Taste in Taiwan.

At the Terra Madre Kitchens on Monday, September 26 from 11:00 to 15:00 – The indigenous chef Lin Fengting from Taiwan presents indigenous Amis-style rice.

Thailand

The International Market at Valentino Park is showcasing several varieties of rice and other products from the Terra Madre network in Thailand. One food community is also attending the event: Bangkok’s organic food suppliers, who work especially with local producers of organic olive oil.

At the Terra Madre Kitchens on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 to 19:00 chef Songvisava Duangporn from Thailand cooks roast chicken in tamarind sauce.

For more information, please contact:

Slow Food, +39 329 83 212 85, [email protected] – Twitter: @SlowFoodPress

Region of Piedmont, +39 011 432 2549, +39 335 7586327, [email protected]onte.it

City of Turin, +39 011 01121976, +39 3421100131, [email protected]

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is made possible with the help of several bodies, among which are the Official Partner: Lurisia, Pastificio Martino, Radeberger Gruppe Italy, Lavazza, Sapori, Iren, Intesa San Paolo, Elpe; the supporters of the Terra Madre Foundation and Slow Food: Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and the Association of Banking Foundations of Piedmont, Coldiretti. With the support of IFAD, the European Union and CIA. 

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.  Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries. Among them, a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members are linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide, contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organize. As part of the network, more than 2,400 Terra Madre food communities practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.

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