SLOW Food Southern Forests – Western Australia’s newest, and fifth, Slow Food convivium – will be launched at a special long table lunch at Pemberton’s Lost Lake Winery on Sun 26 July 2009. Convivium leader and Terra Madre 2008 chef-delegate Sophie Zalokar has invited the Manjimup and Pemberton communities to join convivium members and enjoy local food and wine. ‘We’re celebrating the beginning of a local organisation that recognises and promotes the cultural importance of food in our community,’ Sophie says. The menu will include pasta e fagioli, a hearty soup of Manjimup white beans, local vegetables and pasta with parmesan, local olive oil and crusty bread, juniper-brined free-range chicken with braised cabbage and apple, and buckwheat cake with karri honey-poached local persimmons and Bannister Downs’ dairy’s double cream. This dessert is a unique Italian-style buckwheat and almond cake. Buckwheat was introduced to Italy and France via Russia and south-eastern Europe by Crusaders, who got it from the Saracens, and it was given an Arabic-derived name, ‘saracen corn’. Lunch booking fee: $55 Slow Food members, $60 friends. For bookings please contact Lost Lake Winery T 08 9776 1251. Information flyer
SLOW Food Perth has welcomed the establishment of Slow Food Southern Forests – Western Australia’s fifth Slow Food convivium – in the Pemberton and Manjimup districts. The convivium is led by Terra Madre 2008 chef-delegate and author Sophie Zalokar. Slow Food Australia’s interim board approved the new convivium application at its meeting in Melbourne on 20 February 2009. Slow Food Southern Forests will operate in one of Western Australia’s premier wine and food-growing areas. The region is also renowned for its long timber industry history as home to Western Australia’s ‘tall timber’ karri and jarrah-milling communities. National parks in the region, with extensive species’ diversity, are a major tourism drawcard. Slow Food in Australia now comprises 38 convivia.