Slow Food Oxon events - July 2007

Dear Slow Food Oxon Members:

Just a quick update on our recent events.

Children’s Food Festival

First of all a big Thank You! goes to all our volunteers at the Festival on 14-15 July:
Jackie Rawden
Sally Turnbull
Liz Wilding
Muryel Boulay.

Says Sally “I was in the Dairy tent, on my own, which was good fun. The exhibitors were great and quite understood that I knew as much as they did about the event! I had to sort out power and hand washing facilities and then support them if they had a problem. The Oxon Young Farmers were great…Lots of children wanted to try food, but I got the feeling that the parents were the ones who were being educated!”…

We all enjoyed helping and working with kids, despite lack of organisation at times, but this is understandable at a first-time event which proved to be so popular and yet so understaffed. The festival exceeded all organisers’ expectations with almost 20,000 visitors in 2 days. See some pictures on our website

A second Festival is imminent now and we hope that we will recruit more volunteers from among our members.
And we also hope that Slow Food UK will have a presence at the Festival because we all missed Slow Food there. All our volunteers promoted Slow Food as they could, by wearing t-shirts, aprons, talking to visitors and giving away leaflets and forms, but for such a big event we feel that it should be SF UK organising a large presence throughout the Festival.

Three of our members were also the main figures at the Festival: Eka Morgan, Festival Director, Raymond Blanc and Sophie Grigson as Festival Patrons. Big Thank You to them for their dedication and hard work!

Now, on with our other events.

It’s Time to Salsa
Those of you who have not signed up for our Mexican Dinner on 1 August, please let me know asap if you would like to attend. It is £10 a person plus your own (Mexican) drinks. The evening is hosted by Tolhurst Organic in their shed in the Hardwick walled garden, which is still above the water at the moment, but waters are expected to peak at midnight tonight, so let’s hope it won’t get as far as the garden, and if they do, they should recede by next Friday anyway.

A Truly Slow Tour
Last but not least, Jim Turnbull is organising a second tour to Slow Food Transylvania this summer, after a very successful one in June. Please see the tour programme on our website and if you are interested you can still sign up by contacting Jim at An article about the June tour is posted on our website in Features, for those of you who want to get a feeling of this inspirational experience.

Hope you are all keeping dry, smiling and enjoying some Slow Food,