More highlights for youth and activists at Terra Madre

07 September 2022

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2022 hosts a wide range of events for our guests that cover topics from specific parts of world and at the same time, focus on global issues. Our focus today: events for youth and activists.

There’s a lot to absorb, and the variety of activities you can take part in can be overwhelming! So to help us narrow down the highlights, we’ve made this selection of must-see events with a focus on youth and activism across three of the spaces in Parco Dora: the stand of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the Berta Cáceres Arena and the space dedicated to Youth, Tourism and Agriculture.

University of Gastronomic Sciences 

Found in Pollenzo by Slow Food in 2004, the University of Gastronomic Sciences is the world’s only university entirely dedicated to gastronomy. Students of all ages, from all over the world, come to study agroecology, world food cultures, culinary arts, food heritage and more. As ever, they’ll have a strong presence at Terra Madre. Some of the most interesting events being held at their stand this year include:

The Challenges for Young African Gastronomes

Three UNISG students talk about what food challenges are being faced in Africa and some of the strategies being used to tackle them. John K., Livingstone K., and John W. will discuss topics ranging from land grabbing to promoting and preserving local food practices. 

When: September 22, 12.00 p.m. Free entry.

Aperitif: Italy meets Greece

UNISG student Alexandros A. comes from the small Greek island of Lemnos to bring you a taste of his home country, from feta and capers to wine, cereals, oregano and honey, as explained by Alexandros. Come and enjoy the aromas and flavors of sunny Greece at the UNISG stand!  

When: September 22, 7.00 p.m. The aperitif has a price of €10 or €8 for Slow Food members, UNISG students and alumni.

The Importance of Memories and Stories to Regenerate Agriculture and Food Sovereignty 

Join UNISG alumna Samantha De Lucena-Cataldo, co-founder of the AMMAR Seeds projects, as she explains the Mother’s Garden, which aims to preserve food traditions through recorded memories.  

When: September 23, 1.30 p.m. Free entry.

A tasting at the UNISG stand at Cheese 2021. Photo: Paolo Properzi

UNISG and Gelati Pepino present “Il Pinguino di Pollenzo” 

The first ice cream in the world on a stick covered with chocolate was invented and patented in Turin in 1938 by the Pepino company. During this meeting the CEO of Gelati Pepino, Alberto Mangiantini, will present a project that involves UNISG and its students and has led to the creation of a limited edition ice cream, also available for tasting!

When: September 24, 3.00 p.m. The ice cream tasting has a cost of €2 or €1 for Slow Food members, UNISG students and alumni. 

The Ark of Taste Atlas in Ukraine and Estonia  

Join UNISG researchers as they talk about their work on learning about Ukrainian and Estonian food products and traditions in order to maintain and preserve them, and present a new book: The Ark of Taste Atlas in Ukraine and Estonia. The book is the result of a food scouting research conducted by UNISG, in collaboration with the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice and Slow Food, as part of the European project ERC DiGe – Ethnobotany of divided generations in the context of centralization.

When: September 25, 4.00 p.m. Free entry 

Berta Cáceres Arena 

Named for activist Berta Cáceres, this space is dedicated to the protection of indigenous, youth, and migration networks around the world. Join us for important, meaningful discussions with experts in these fields.  

Slow Food Coffee Coalition 

Over one year after its launch, we share the evolution and the current status of the Slow Food Coffee Coalition (SFCC), an open network created by Slow Food in collaboration with the Lavazza group – one of the many shared ideas and projects on which the two realities have been working together since the mid-90s.

When: September 22, 3.00 p.m. Free entry

Presenting our Network of Chestnut Growers 

Chestnuts are a barrier against hydrogeological disruption and forest fires, they store carbon dioxide and offer a great range of valuable landscapes and varieties. The Slow Food network of chestnut farmers has been working to recover and spread the cultivation of chestnut groves as a common heritage, highlighting its economical, environmental and social aspects. Let’s find out more about the constant and precious work carried out silently by the guardians of our woods. 

When: September 23, 10.00 a.m. Free entry

Food Talk: Kung and the Wonderful Story of Indigenous Rice 

As part of our Food Talk series, join young Indigenous Amis woman Kung as she tells us about a specific type of rice cultivation in her native Taiwan, and the work she’s doing to preserve it. Around 60 years ago, the main crops for the Amis people were millet, quinoa, yam rice, red rice and glutinous rice – until rice farming became the main and most important industry, and the other crops got lost little by little. Today, Kung’s main aim is to let as many people as possible know about the Amis farmers working in the area, as well as to protect their cultivation heritage, the lifestyle and the food culture of native people.

When: September 24, 11.30 a.m. Free entry

Food Talk: Fisher Nets and Networks 

Sonia Strobel will lead another in our series of Food Talks about the development of a network of fishers with the goal to create a more sustainable fishing system and supply chain. The idea is to create a network of fishers, consumers and communities that will allow for greater transparency and that will make connections easier in the seafood market. The implementation of this model highlights more ethical fishing practices, sustainable harvesting of seafood and seafood products of high quality.

When: September 24, 5.00 p.m. Free entry.

Indigenous Cooks: Challenges, Identities, Values 

Join a forum in which indigenous foods will be discussed, as well as the cooks who know those foods best. Learn about the challenges and the importance of promoting indigenous foods and cooks during this unique interactive event. Questions up for discussion: How can indigenous chefs benefit from the media visibility that these foods are currently enjoying? How can they be at the center of the stage? How can they give the right value to their knowledge of traditional foods, using it to define their identity and to stimulate economic development?

When: September 25, 12.00 p.m. Free entry.

A Slow Food youth meeting of yesteryear

Youth, Tourism, & Agriculture 

The name of this space at Terra Madre speaks for itself: youth, tourism, and agriculture, and the overlapping connections between them, will be the key focus of topics discussed in this space. Below are some of the most exciting opportunities to join in and learn with us.  

Measuring How Much We Take from Nature: The Ecological Footprint of Food 

Throughout the entire Terra Madre event, you are free to view a meaningful exhibit that measures the impact of the world of food, and explores strategies on ways to correct the problems we face. Through the Foodnected project and with this exhibition, the associations and NGOs Slow Food, Global Footprint Network, Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE), GOB Menorca, MSJA, Yolda, Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture, and CZIP are promoting a transition to sustainable and equitable food systems in both Europe and the Mediterranean region.

When: Throughout the event, from 10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Free entry.

Presenting the Slow Food Youth Network 

An introduction the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) in Italy and beyond. You’ll hear about the latest projects and news from this lively network of passionate young people who are dedicated to making big changes in the food world. Youth from across the country exchange their stories, experiences and ideas to build the future of food, with guests from the Slow Food Youth Network from around the world.

When: September 22, 6.00 p.m. Free entry.

Traveling Slowly: Slow Food Travel Around the World 

Slow Food Travel will present its new locations for sustainable tourism during this event, featuring representatives from the tourism boards of these great places: The Val di Funes in South Tyrol, Marktplatz Mittelkaernten in Carinthia, Austria, the Caucasus Mountains of Azerbaijan. You can discover all the news and details on these projects to develop the potential of these places as destinations for sustainable tourism.

When: September 24, 12.00 p.m. Free entry.

Agroecology: Good Practices Among Youth to Save the World 

The way we grow food influences the entire food system, and today more than ever our food producers are suffering the consequences of environmentally-damaging practices. Here you’ll get a two-for-one deal that combines themes of youth and agriculture, exploring out what agroecology means and what young people are doing to develop it.  

When: September 25, 3.00 p.m. Free entry.

These events are a mere sampling of the huge and diverse offering we’ll have at Terra Madre this year. Please use the Event Search function to find events that suit your interests and availability. We look forward to welcoming you to the event!

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is in Parco Dora, Turin, from September 22-26, 2022, with over 600 exhibitors and a series of workshops, conferences and tastings that show how we can regenerate our planet through food.

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