Slow Food – the international, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world – is launching its new Glasgow group with a campaign to encourage Glaswegians to grow their own food.
The campaign, using the social media hashtag #GrowGlasgow, calls on people across the city and beyond to make the most of whatever space they have.
#GrowGlasgow is asking the people of Glasgow to use gardens, allotments and even window boxes to grow their own ingredients and make healthy, tasty, ‘slow’ food.
Organisers, Slow Food Glasgow, are inviting anyone with an interest in growing, preparing and eating good food to come along to find out more about Slow Food at the launch event dinner, taking place at the Project Café on Renfrew Street on June 8.
Guests will be treated to a typically ‘Slow Food’ three-course dinner – home cooked, healthy, locally-grown and, of course, delicious – all for the bargain price of £12 (£10 for Slow Food members), while enjoying food-related film and entertainment.
Graeme Taylor, Chairman of the newly-formed Slow Food Glasgow group said: “Scotland has a rich food heritage, but sadly we’re still often tarred with the reputation of being the ‘sick man of Europe’. Slow Food is all about getting back to our roots and reversing that image – making good, healthy, fair and local food accessible to all.
“The Slow Food movement links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
“Around the world, people are embracing the Slow Food ethos as a better, cleaner and fairer way to eat, celebrating rich food traditions while protecting the edible plants and ingredients we’ve cherished for centuries – eating what we grow and growing what we eat.
“We’re inviting the people of Glasgow to join in with the #GrowGlasgow campaign by sharing pictures of home-grown herbs, fruit and vegetables on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag.
“Of course, we also want to see the dishes they’ve become – no matter what the food looks like, people will soon find that food they’ve grown themselves tastes far better than any bought from a supermarket.”
Guests are invited to arrive at the Project Café at 7pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016 to meet like-minded foodies, find out more about #GrowGlasgow and Slow Food, and enjoy a delicious meal. The event will wind down around 9.30pm.
The group asks that all guests book a place at the dinner in advance via the event website to be sure of getting a seat and help the organisers plan how much food to prepare. The Project Café has a ‘bring your own bottle’ policy, with a small corkage fee.