Slow Food is an international non-profit organisation founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life. It began as a response to the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today it has over 83,000 members in 107 countries around the world.
The group believes the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health; that its producers should receive fair remuneration for their work.
Slow Food is a network of producers and people who simply love good food. Food producers are a key part of the movement and very much the inspiration for what Slow Food does. The rest are co-producers, not just consumers, bringing more to the table than just their appetites. Slow Food encourages education; getting to know the people who make our food, know how they make it and what challenges they face in bringing it to us.
The Berwick ‘convivium’ or group was established in 2006 to celebrate the rich food heritage of this historic border town and its thriving food scene today, through organised talks, producer visits, restaurant outings and much more which are open to members and non-members. The group's largest event is the annual Berwick Food Festival.