Slow Food Oxon update - November 2007

Dear Slow Food Oxon Members: This may be my last update this year, and if you don’t hear from me again in 2007, then I would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season, as stress-free and Slow as possible! On behalf of all members, I would like to sincerely acknowledge all committee members, hosts and volunteers who helped make 2007 a Slow Food Oxon success – Liz Wilding, Geoffrey Whittle, Jeremy Rowntree, Ian & Ruth Bird, Muryel Boulay, Jackie Rawden, Jessica Lee, Simon Blower, Lynda Brown, Iain Tolhurst, Sally Turnbull, Jane Carlton Smith. Thank You! As well a big Thank You! to all members who supported our efforts through their donations, time and often – just a good word of encouragement. Our last event this year is on Saturday, 1 December in Oxford and I would very much like to remind and encourage you to sign up. Several Christmas dishes from around the world are going to be tasted, along with a slide show from Mexico. Please, bring your favourite dish, some drinks and join us at 5pm in the Buckley building. You will also have a chance to talk about your favourite event this year, what you liked about it most and what other events we should organise in 2008. Speaking of which, we have organised a short survey into our activities and will need your help. The questionnaire is short and has the aim to improve our activities in the future, as well as to attract more members in organising and attending events. Please click on this link and fill out the questionnaire on-line. Thank you beforehand for your cooperation! Our annual meeting will be announced some time in January, with an annual report, a Committee Nomination Form and this time we are going to combine it with a tasting event, so watch the space! Some other events are coming up and you are all very welcome to attend. 5 December – Book signing at the Bookshop in Hungerford, 7pm, entry £3. Kate Colquhon will be signing her new book - Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking. 20 – 23 December Slow Food UK will host a Christmas market together with the outhbank Centre (a registered charity) to take place at Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, for four days in the run-up to Christmas: Thursday-Sunday, 20-23 December, 11-8pm. Southbank will be creating a light display and signage, sourcing singers, and in general providing a great atmosphere for the event. Southbank are also publicising widely; there will be a special preview on the evening of the Southbank Lights switch-on by Sophie Dahl on December 6th, and producers can be assured of an appreciative audience who are happy to pay a fair price for excellent produce. A number of wonderful producers have already been sourced, but there is room for more. Producers nominated by convivia throughout the UK are very welcome to apply for a full or shared stand space; If you are a producer and would like to sell, please let me know and I shall forward the Nomination form. Members are also more than welcome to volunteer their services in manning producer or Slow Food merchandise stands – SF London will endeavour to pay travel and refreshment expenses (ideally by pre-arrangement). In addition to the market itself, Slow Food UK has accepted an invitation to run a special festive event for the public in the Royal Festival Hall ballroom (specially decorated for Christmas events) following a lunchtime concert on Saturday 22nd December. Craft-bakery produced mince pies incorporating Somerset Cider Brandy (an Ark product) and heritage apples will be distributed, along with Presidium Cheddar, heritage apples presented in baskets, mulled Presidium perry and apple juice with Presidium spices. The Southbank see this very much as an educational event as well as a festive, pleasurable one, and we would like to have as much information about the UK’s orchards and heritage orchard fruit varieties as possible. If you are able to source heritage apples, information on local orchards, and indeed knowledgeable souls to chat to visitors about orchards and apples and British traditions, please do contact Sarah Moore, who is co-ordinating the event. Apples can also be sent direct to Sarah who will store them in her cellar until the event. Although we aim to distribute food, drink and information free of charge as an educational initiative, Slow Food London will cover the cost of carriage (and of the apples as appropriate). Contact and delivery details: Sarah Moore, 27 Dresden Road, London N19 3BE. Telephone: 07931 373646. email: If you are visiting London for your Christmas shopping, do be sure to drop by - you will receive a very warm welcome! 2008 9 January - SF Oxon is banqueting at the Opium Cafe in Oxford. A celebration of traditionally cooked authentic Chinese fare. To join and for details, please email Tina and Ben at 6 February - the Slow Food Oxon Book Club will meet at the Summertown Wine Cafe (they've introduced now some delicious home made foods!) at 7:30 over The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World by Lawrence Osborne. It's mainly available on in used format. The advantage of that is that the price is very appealing! I am not saying Farewells for this year yet, because I hope to see and hear from many of you in the days to come. With my Slowest & best Wishes, Tamara Schiopu SF Oxon Leader