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LAKE Jualbup teal ducks and black swans in Perth’s Shenton Park joined Slow Food Perth’s Terra Madre Day shared picnic on 11 December and stole not only the crowd’s attention but also some picnic food. It was the perfect metaphor for a celebration of local food and eating locally, and the birds enjoyed their fill.

A small band of 15 Slow Food Perth members and friends – including Terra Madre 2010 chef-delegate Valerio Fantinelli – enjoyed the picnic, which featured a wonderful pie made from Wayne and Margaret Brock’s biodynamic bacon and fresh, free-range eggs, freshly-squeezed, preservative-free orange and lemon juice from Rocco and Connie Zampogna’s Golden Grove orchard at lower Chittering, and picked-today apricots from Maxinne and Rod Sclanders’ Cosham estate in the Perth hills.

Slow Food Perth co-leaders Pauline Tresise and Jamie Kronborg said a celebration of eating locally, and enjoying that food together, was at the heart of Terra Madre Day.

‘Today we have been part of almost 1200 events being held throughout the world to foster local community awareness of local food,’ they said. ‘We encouraged our picnic participants to go to their local farmers’ market this morning and buy some delicious, local, fresh produce, meat or cheese, or to make a salad from their kitchen garden.’

Terra Madre day events were held on and either side of 10 December – Slow Food’s twenty-first anniversary – in every corner of the world, in 124 countries.

From Australia and New Zealand to the Americas and Europe, Slow Food members, producers, food communities, cooks, academics, young people and musicians united in a collective global celebration of local food that is good, clean and fair.

The goal of this year’s Terra Madre Day was to collect funds to finance the creation of one thousand vegetable gardens in Africa: in schools, in villages, on the outskirts of cities. The Terra Madre gardens will be run by the communities, planted with local varieties and cultivated using sustainable techniques. The idea is not new, but comes from many agricultural and educational projects already ongoing in Kenya, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Ethiopia, Senegal and Tanzania.

The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity will manage the donations and coordinate activities in Africa.

> See Slow Food president Carlo Petrini’s message for Terra Madre Day

> To support 1000 Gardens in Africa, please email the project

> Find out more about Slow Food and Terra Madre

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