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2009 Event Media Release - Carlo Petrini

Media Release: Monday, September 14, 2009

Slow Food Founder and President Carlo Petrini
Exclusive Guest Speaker at Sydney Opera House
- a highlight of the Sydney International Food Festival

Carlo Petrini, Slow Food founder and international president, will speak at Sydney Opera House on October 18 at 2pm, a highlight event of the Sydney International Food Festival.

In 2008 Petrini was listed in the UK’s Guardian newspaper as one of ‘50 People Who Could Save the Planet’ and he was named ‘European Hero’ by Time magazine in 2004.

In his first public Australian appearance, Petrini will discuss Slow Food's approach to agriculture, food production and gastronomy, based on a concept of food quality defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair, which he explains as follows:

"Slow Food believes that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work."

In Slow Food’s 20th year, Petrini will also reflect on the future directions of the Association, which today has 100,000 members in 150 countries around the world, and the influence of Terra Madre – a global network of food communities launched by Slow Food.

The Terra Madre network has met biennially in Turin, Italy since 2004 and has quickly grown to unite more than 2,000 food communities around the world. It brings together small-scale farmers and food producers with cooks, academics and youth to discuss how to improve local food systems.

“Slow Food Australia is excited about the tremendous opportunity which has been presented through the invitation of Sydney International Food Festival and Sydney Opera House. Carlo's visit will not only highlight the importance of Slow Food on a global and local level but will bring a greater focus to the projects established by our network of convivia (local chapters) and Terra Madre food communities in Australia," said Leonie Furber, Slow Food Australia Chairman.

Slow Food has been active in Australia since 1995 and has close to 2,000 members with 41 active convivia across the country who develop local projects and activities and stage regional events such as Barossa Slow and A Taste of Slow. Slow Food Australia was founded as a national association in December 2008.

Event Details
Good, Clean & Fair: An afternoon with Carlo Petrini in conversation with Joanna Savill

Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Sunday October 18 at 2pm
Tickets: $39 or $29 concession      
Bookings: 9250 7777 or

Media Contact:
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /



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