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Fundraising the Slow Food way…

I love nothing more than an excuse to go to a fabulous dinner and this year’s Slow Food Noosa President’s Fundraising Dinner held at the Noosa Waterfront Restaurant on Gympie Terrace, was no exception.

Now for the uninitiated, Slow Food is all about food awareness, supporting regional producers and education about the source of our food.  Slow Food Noosa and Slow Food Hinterland have tirelessly been reaching out to the Sunshine Coast regions and trying to reconnect consumers with their food, endorsing sustainable farming practices and good nutrition. ‘Good, Clean and Fair’ – this is their motto

Slow Food Noosa has had many wonderful breakfast sessions where local producers such as Bottle Tree Hill Organics have spoken about their free range pigs, along with a number of other producers and food identities. They also hosted a fabulous Nose to Tail cooking class where participants were involved in the utilisation of a whole pig; it was truly a fabulous day.

On the other end of the coast, Slow Food Hinterland played a large part in Maleny’s recent Real Food Festival, where foodies, in their masses, got the opportunity to meet and interact with a large number of local producers.

Of course none of these events happen by accident.  They come about through tireless fundraising and the dedicated efforts of volunteers, not only at the events, but throughout the year, committee members working hard to raise funds to put towards educating our community .

Slow Food Noosa’s fundraising has been instrumental in setting up quite a few local school kitchen gardens; what better a way educate young minds on nutrition and putting them in touch with the source of their food.

Other than membership – and if there is one organisation that a foodie should be a member of, Slow Food is it – funds for these fabulous initiatives are raised entirely by fundraising or donations.

So getting back to the President’s Fundraising dinner, Slow Food Noosa’s current president is chef Katrina Ryan, hosted a fabulous evening of food and fun.

The evening included an auction that had some pretty amazing treats to bid on; cooking classes from The Tamarind and Freestyle Escape, a Spirit House dinner and B&B combo, progressive dinner at Blue Angel, River Cottage and Thomas Corner, an in-home dining experience with Jamie Milverton as well as some other special treats.

As for the dinner itself… delicious…

Local Heirloom Tomato Tart with Goats Curd, Watercress & Toasted Pinenuts
Braised Suckling Pig with Orecchiette Pasta, Olives & Parsley

Beef Fillet, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Vegetables & Sauteed English Spinach, Red Wine Jus
Atlantic Salmon with Chicory Marmalade & Crushed New Potatoes

Amaretto Creme Brulee with Almond Biscotti
Valrhona Chocolate Moelleux with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

BTW, the Chocolate Moelleux was TO DIE FOR!

So another great night was had by all, and I would really like to emphasis the fantastic work that both of the Slow Food conviviums of the Sunshine Coast do, and encourage you all, not only to get involved with their events, but to BECOME members so that they can continue to do their good work and get the word out to the masses about our wonderful regionally produced food and producers and the importance good food and nutrition has on our community and our lives.

For more information about Slow Food events and membership contact the Slow Food convivium in your region:

Slow Food Noosa

Slow Food Sunshine Coast Hinterland


This post was written by Petra Frieser – Local Harvest

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