Last 16-18th May, a weekend hosted by Petersham Nurseries provided a foretaste of Slow Food Week.
An intimate screening of Slow Food Story, a moving and often funny documentary portrait of Carlo Petrini, which took us on a journey from the earliest days of the movement to the present day was followed by a Q&A session with the Slow Food London Team - grappling issues from GM crops to planting to reducing flooding in the Somerset Levels.
This was followed by two supper clubs in the magical surroundings of Petersham Nurseries Cafe featured a menu based around British ingredients from Forgotten Foods, the Slow Food "Ark of Taste", complemented by ingredients from their own walled garden and local suppliers.
We set up a stand on both the Saturday and Sunday to answer questions about Slow Food, and to connect food with growing food.
Blessed by fine weather, the Petersham Cellar was able to enjoy a tasting of "Slow Wine" in the sunshine on Saturday, and on Sunday, horticulturalist and chef Claudio Bincoletto led a Wild Food Walk along the riverbank, followed by a tasting of edible plants and flowers, and a simple lunch