The Swan Valley and Eastern Regions Slow Food Convivium celebrated Terra Madre Day on 10 December with both purpose and panache. Hosted by member Sarah Howlett at her beautiful Swan Valley restaurant, The Cheese Barrel, the evening was attended by Slow Food members, supporters and friends who enjoyed a fabulous grazing table loaded with locally-produced cheeses, fruits and meats complemented by Olive Farm Wines which are produced onsite.
This international day which celebrates local food (read more about Terre Madre on the right) was the perfect opportunity to present the first WA-given Snail of Approval certificates to producers and businesses that adhere to the Slow Food values of Good, Clean and Fair.
The certificates were presented by David Lucas, Mayor of City of Swan and Patron of the Convivium, in the presence of Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, and Cr Rod Henderson.
Local business owners who received the Snail of Approval tick were Sarah Howlett from The Cheese Barrel, Pamela Buselich from Grapes for the Table, Linda Stanley from Chestnut Brae, Anthea Brown of Macabee Dorper Lamb, Araluen Hagan from 14K Brewery, Tina Mettam from West Coast Honey, Tara Farrel from Swan Valley Sisters and Tamieka Preston from the Northern Valleys Locavore Store.
The Snail of Approval is an internationally recognised program started by Slow Food International that aims to inspire producers, businesses and consumers. It was initiated here in WA in mid 2018 by commitee members Vincenzo Villetri, Geoff Yorath and Pamela Buselich.
Businesses who support the Good, Clean and Fair philosophy are encouraged to apply for the Snail to increase consumer awareness about the social, environmental and economic impact of their food choices.
Vincenzo Villetri, leader of the Convivium congratulated the recipients on their commitment to uphold the Slow Food values, urging local consumers to support them, in turn supporting our local economy and allowing the growth and development of sustainably and ethically produced food in our region. Vincenzo recently received Swan Business Person of the Year award from the Swan Chamber of Commerce for his tireless support of regional food.
Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Agriculture and Food also expressed her admiration for the businesses upholding these values and congratulated all recipients.