Slow Food Oxon Update - April 2008



Dear Slow Food Oxon members,

Here is a rapid update on our activities over the past month. A lot has been going on in the background, to organise the visit of the University of Gastronomy students, preparing the dinner for Thursday 24/04 and other initiatives to rally people to our cause!

So pick and choose from what follows and do let us know what you think, feel and hope for!

  • Next committee meeting: 27/05/08 do send us comments and ideas before then so that we can review them with the committee members.

Our events:

April event: Slow Food Dinner at the Vaults and book signing by Kate Colquhoun - still time to sign in! Give us a shout if you fancy joining us.

May event: National Herb Centre tour, Friday 23 May at 7pm
National Herb Centre
Banbury Road, Warmington
Nr Banbury
OX17 1DF
Organiser: Liz Wilding (

"The tour starts with a short introductory talk followed by a conducted walk around the centre with an opportunity to learn about herb farming". The tour includes a visit to the glasshouse, information on herb propagation, the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs and insight into how a commercial herb farm works. It will be followed by a dinner in a local pub.

We need to confirm numbers by the 9/05. I am aware that many of you are non drivers - please do not let it stop you from registering - depending on numbers, we might organise transport from Oxford.

- remaining events still to take shape - a dedicated team is working on them!

Outside events:

  • The real food festival starting this Thursday until Sunday.
  • Taste (restaurants promotion festival) in June in different towns of Great Britain.

If you are aware of a conference, lecture, seminar, festival, food event relevant to our little community, please do let us know about it or post it on the website.

Our projects:


I had a few meetings with a few of you.It is a big project for which we need more volunteers to drive actions:

  • write a Q&A sheet = script sheet so that we have consistency on our clean, fair and good message
  • contact the local market organisers to see if they would take us - see forum page with the yellow ones being Tamara's contact
    Deadline:27/05 - before would even be better!
  • Bread community: tell us where you find good bread post the tips on the website and let's forget about square bread!
  • Slow food in school: one contact to date no followup yet, any volunteers?
  • Book club: could we make it work with the local independent book shop - ideas?
  • Website: we want you guys to use and find it useful and entertaining while we are working on it in the background (huge thank to Jeremy), it'd be great to hear from you on the matter



Preparation for the AGM: questions / comments you would like to see discussed? Tamara and I will be attending the event with our comments list already well furnished however, please feel free to send us your ideas by Friday 25/04 - apologies for the late notice!

Terra madre:
who's going?
who should we send as a chef?
The Thames valley organic growers group will be our Food community for this year Ted from Slow Food Students will represent Oxon in the Youth movement category. He is actually actively involved in shaping it all up.

News from Slow Food UK


Slow Food UK AGM: Election of Candidates without contest

As you know, members were recently invited to submit nominations to stand for election to the Slow Food UK Board. The process is now complete, and I am happy to announce the outcome.

There were six candidates nominated for the six vacancies on the Board, so the Returning Officer has declared that they are elected without need for a ballot (and so there will be no election at the forthcoming AGM in Cumbria). The candidates were:

  • Geoffrey Carr
  • Gerry Danby
  • John Fleming
  • Trevor Laffin
  • Sue Miller
  • Ian Pratt

In line with the Company's Articles of Association, Silvija Davidson, Silvia Monasterolo and Alan Roe did not need to stand for re-election, and remain on the Board.

The two new members of the Board are therefore Geoffrey Carr, convivium leader of Slow Food Cheshire, and Trevor Laffin, committee member of Slow Food Edinburgh.

Full details of the Board elections can be found on the Members' Area of the Slow Food UK website:

That's all folks for this month

Kindest regards


PS: remember to keep an eye on our website!