Slow Food vs. Fast Food

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Posted 5/7/14 to The Beacon

By Susan Whitesell

Many people are still asking, “What is Slow Food?” Stated simply, “Slow Food” is the opposite of “Fast Food.” Slow Food is an alternative to the industrial system; one where all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who cultivate or produce it, and good for the planet.

"Slow Food" is the opposit of "Fast Food."

“Slow Food” is the opposit of “Fast Food.”

Slow Food USA has more than 170 chapters and 2,000 food communities in the United States, including one in Rio Vista, that supports these ideals.

“Taste a wonderful selection of area wines. Enjoy presentations, entertainment, art and local vendors. Bask in the conviviality of Rio Vista friends and neighbors.”

The third annual Slow Food Festival on June 21st is a “farm to table” event that celebrates the rich diversity of food and wine from this area. Dine on regional cuisine prepared by our own “home town chefs.” Taste a wonderful selection of area wines. Enjoy presentations, entertainment, art and local vendors. Bask in the conviviality of Rio Vista friends and neighbors. To quote the River News Herald regarding last year’s event, “While the food tasting opportunities were the premier draw to the event, there was no shortage of wine, music, presentations and art to round out the festival’s dynamic ensemble of participants and the pleasant byproduct was the sense of community that was facilitated by the artistic mediums of the day.”

Tickets for the event are $25.00 and are available from the Slow Food Rio Vista web site at http://www.slowfoodriovista.org, online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/620291 or Books Rio V and This N That in town.

This year’s festival is featuring “home grown” cooks. If you are a great cook whose culinary creations feature regional meat or produce, why not volunteer? If you are a wine aficionado we need you too! We also need volunteers help at the event. Contact Tom Surh at 374-5282 to volunteer or Janith Norman at 374-6118 for information to be a vendor or event sponsor.

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