Local food and gastronomic traditions are in the focus of the first Terra Madre Bulgaria forum

Researchers and producers unite to preserve genetic resource of Bulgaria…

The first Slow Food forum Terra Madre Bulgaria will take place in Sofia from 23rd to 25th of October, 2015. “The event will bring together researchers, who work on the study, conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources, local communities that maintain the knowledge for artisan food production, small farmers and food producers, teachers, chefs, journalists”, explains Dr Dessislava Dimitrova from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem research, BAS, who is also the Slow Food coordinator for Bulgaria.

Terra_Madre_BulgariaTerra Madre Bulgaria 2015 launches the establishment of an academic network in all Balkan states in support of study, conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources and related agricultural and gastronomic traditions. This will happen at the international conference “Plant diversity towards society” on 23rd October, 2015. It will take place in the Faculty of Biology, Sofia University. Andrea Pieroni, professor in ethnobotany from the University of Gastronomic sciences of Slow Food and Dr Usrsula Hudson, vice president of Slow Food. Some of the topics of the conference are climate change, study and conservation of wild flora, ethnobotany, habitat diversity in Bulgaria, the future of pastoralism and agricultural sciences, etc. “The scientific conference is in support of the national interim report to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation” national focal point for the Convention on Biological Diversity. The accession to the conference is free of charge.

At 6 p.m. professor Pieroni and Dr Hudson will speak also at the inauguration of Terra Madre Bulgaria in the aula of Sofia University.

On 24th and 25th of October, at Market, organized in Muzeiko kids centre the citizens and guests of Sofia can meet the people who with their work and lifestyle safeguard the Bulgarian gastronomic knowledge and agricultural skills. Food products threatened with extinction and supported by Slow Food, food with a strong social cause and food produced by small farmers will be exhibited – a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, preserves, the Green Cheese from Cherni Vit, cheeses from karakachan sheep, hand-made yellow cheese, cheese with truffles, samardala and saffron. The accession to the market is free of charge.

11140237_962086413821655_4245594864383915881_nA variety of laboratories will be organized for the young visitors of Muzeiko – dolls from maize leaves, felt gifts, sandwiches and candies. Kids will learn to distinguish “bad” and “good” microbes, what is the true taste of boza and how to play on a zucchini or carrot.

The event is organized within the ESSDRA project (Environmentally Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of Rural Areas), coordinated by Slow Food International and with the financial support from the Ministry of Environment and Waters.

Event organizers are the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research – BAS, Association of Slow Food Convivia in Bulgaria and Muzeiko Kids’ Centre. Organizing partners are Faculty of Biology – Sofia University, department “Economics of natural resources” – University National and World Economy, University of Gastronomic Sciences of Slow Food.

Media partners are the culinary site Menumag.bg, the site for wine culture DiVino.bg, Association of Agricultural Journalists in Bulgaria (asjb.bg) and the site of agricultural news Agronovinite.com.

More about Terra Madre Bulgaria 2015 can be found in the event’s program and the Facebook event.