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The concept of Slow Food is slowly starting to make its way into the mindsets and cooking styles of many Americans. And the First Annual Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco was a celebration of the birth of this broad and inclusive food movement, an education in this growing sustainable food effort, and an introduction to food that is good, clean, and fair.

Taste Pavilions showcasing an amazing array of fresh, natural, and delicious foods were the highlight of the event. Participants could sample: organic cheeses; artisanal charcuterie; flavorful pickles, jams and chutneys; herbal and aromatic teas; and locally- produced extra-virgin olive oils, just to name a few.

The Marketplace turned the San Francisco Civic Center into an herb garden, farmer’s market, and outdoor food bazaar while making the bold statement that a sustainable and just food system can produce healthy and delicious food for everyone.

The Slow Food Nation Victory Garden was planted as an ornamental edible garden and featured a wide variety of heritage organic vegetables suited to the Bay Area microclimate. The garden displays the diversity of urban food production practices and gave many local gardeners ideas as to how they could incorporate slow food practices into their own soil.

Cooking demonstrations, taste workshops, Food for Thought films, Slow Food Rocks concerts, slow dinners, slow hikes, and book signings all added to the festivities and helped to create a cohesive and comprehensive look at the way we can all learn to enjoy and appreciate slow food.