Monday, 29 November 2010

Terra Madre Turin 2010

Eleven Slow Food Galway members headed for 4th International Terra Madre Gathering in Turin.  The event runs from Thursday till Monday 21st to 25th October and is held every two years.  It is a chance for Slow Food members from all parts of the world to meet and exchange ideas and talk about growing/farming and producing experiences in their native countries.  You will find more information on Terra Madre in the current edition of Organic Matters magazine.  

The Galway delegation included leader Kate O Dwyer, Colm O Dwyer, Mary Ryan, Noreen Oliver, Cait Curran, Maire Ni Thuathaill, Muriel Nolan, Barbara Buckley, Cobie den Heyer and Dolores Keegan

Mairin Ui Chomain one of Galway's representatives was also Flag Bearer for Ireland.  On the Friday she also had the daunting task of being filmed while talking about the "Cladach" in her native Connemara.

It was a very busy few days with  long hours viewing the food stands in the Salone del Gusto and late nights wining and dining in the local restaurants. 

 We met up some of the other Irish delegates and we went out with a large group made up with 22 Irish. Hello to our fellow slow foodies JJ Healy and his gang  and Isobel Fletcher and her crew.Yes it was noisy at the table that night. 

We then travelled to Pistoia, Tuscany to visit some food producers based in Pistoia and also nearby Florence. We would like to thank Niamh O'Dwyer our local contact and our tour guide and interpreter Michela Ricciarelli  for looking after us so well for the 4 days we spent with them.   On the Monday we drove out to a local nursery Vivai Signori to look at all the plants and fruit trees.  Pistoia is world famous for its plants and shrubs as well as the distinct Tuscan Cypresses. Nurseries are big business here. Plants from here are regularly imported into Ireland and a few of us availed of the oppertunity to purchase some shrubs which will be transported by truck to Ireland soon.

Next door we had the pleasure of visiting a recently renovated farmhouse where we tasted their award winning olive oil made on the farm. This was nicely accompanied by a glass of Prosecco and we were happy despite the downpour outside. This beautiful house is soon to open as an agriturismo, similar to farmhouse B&B here.

A typical Tuscan lunch followed in another local agritourismo where they produce organic wine and olive oil. What a life!  In case you were wondering we spent nearly all our time in Italy eating and drinking. 

We also toured the vineyard and the wine-making facilities.

1 comment:

  1. GREAT memories !! hope to see you again and host in Tuscany for the next edition of Terra Madre,
    cheers and salute,
    Michela !