About Slow Food

Burren Slow Food ClareWhat is Slow Food?

Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. It was founded in 1989 in Italy as a global movement when the first McDonald’s opened their doors in Italy. The founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, was horrified about the latest “invasive species” at the time, and established Slow Food as a counterbalance to Fast Food. It promotes sustainable food production, the conservation of farm animal breeds, fruits and vegetables that are on the brink of extinction, and also the dying out art of local food production techniques.

We are a not–for-profit organisation seeking to promote a better way to eat.

Our philosophy

Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.

We oppose the standardisation of taste and culture, and the unrestrained power of food industry multinationals and industrial agriculture.

Our approach is based on a concept of food quality that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.

GOOD: a fresh and flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of the local culture.

CLEAN: food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health.

FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers.

Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and as a result bring about great change.

Informed and selective consumers become co-producers by demanding food that is good, clean and fair.

As a member of Slow Food Ireland your annual subscription supports Slow Food activities in Ireland and across the world, so you can be sure your membership has a direct positive impact in your local area, and makes a difference to food communities across the globe.

Our Convivium – Slow Food Clare

What is Slow Food Clare about? In a word: FOOD! Mostly, those of us involved here in Clare are just foodies. We enjoy food – wholesome, well prepared food.

As a convivium, we organise the Burren Slow Food Festival each May.

Share with us and stay in contact:
You’ll also find us on Facebook where we share our enjoyment of food, interest in the locavore movement, and concerns about GMO foods. We are also on Twitter @slowfoodclare.

Burren Slow Food FestivalSlow Food Clare Committee Members

Chairperson: Birgitta Hedin–Curtin, Burren Smokehouse @BurrenSalmon

Treasurer/membership: Joe Doyle @slowfoodclare

PR Officer: Kieran O’Halloran @kieranskitchen

Photographer and Press: John Sims

Web Management, Social Media & Farmers Market: Karin Funke (info@burrensmokehouse.ie)

Watch this video to learn more about Slow Food, and to see the festival in action!