The most important appointment with food – but the fair and fair trade one – of the year is back in Turin. At Parco Dora, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, now in its fourteenth edition, opens this morning, Thursday 22 September, at 11.30.
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The event is spread over 80 thousand square meters of space: over 600 exhibitors and producers from the Italian regions; 3 thousand delegates of the Terra Madre network from 130 countries; 300 teachers, experts and researchers for 700 events – including conferences, workshops and scheduled food talks -; over 50 chefs from 5 continents and 300 volunteers and activists.
The Exhibition, which will be open free to the public until Monday 26 September and accessible from three entrances, will host the Market of Italian and international producers – bread, cured meats, dairy products and fish products – who operate according to the principles of good, clean and fair and a rich program of events and exhibition spaces that will highlight how food can be a precious opportunity for ‘regeneration’, according to the claim of the #RegenerAction event. From coffees to wines, from beers to traditional dishes and street food, many Italian and international guests will talk about gastronomy, nutrition and the economic, environmental and social significance of what we put under our teeth every day.
Five days to be enjoyed with the awareness that eating is a political act and that purchasing and consumption choices have a direct impact on the health of man, the planet and the entire living world. Therefore, the fundamental concept of Terra Madre is one: that of combining the pleasure of taste with the urgent need to change habits at the table, in order to survive. All in Parco Dora, a symbol of urban regeneration in the capital of Piedmont.
An opportunity for regeneration also for the city
And this Salone del Gusto is an opportunity for regeneration also for this part of the city. “We would like Parco Dora to become the home of Terra Madre – said Daniele Buttignol, director of Slow Food, on the eve of the opening – because this space is truly exceptional and deserves to be known and appreciated, not only in Italy”. Space that was set up specifically for the Salone, in an absolutely sustainable way: in fact, natural, low-impact and reusable materials were used, such as 2600 wooden pallets.
At the Salone del Gusto visitors will find the area of Italian and international presidia; the pavilions of the regions with their institutional spaces and projects and the possibility of tasting and buying products; street kitchens, wine bars, food trucks and craft breweries; the Gino Strada and Berta Caceres arenas where conferences and meetings are scheduled; the immersive area – between games and activities – and the one dedicated to biodiversity with the large educational garden to learn the cycle of the earth and experiment, together with Slow Food educators.