International Gathering in Turin

Every two years, the Terra Madre network meets for the global gathering of food communities in Turin. From 2004 to 2010, Terra Madre was held at the same time as Salone del Gusto but in a separate space. In 2012, for the first time, the two events were united, fusing the diversity of both. Presenting Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre as a single event reflected the outcome of a gradual process overseen by the Slow Food International Congress. In October 2012, the Congress sanctioned the entry of food community representatives into Slow Food’s governing bodies.

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Regional Terra Madre meetings

In the spirit of dialogue and exchange that emerged during the global gatherings in Turin, the Terra Madre network also works at a local level to promote sustainable food models. In 2007, food communities began organizing regional meetings, involving producers, Presidia, chefs, young people, academics and experts, with the aim of reinforcing the local network.

Regional meetings have been held all over the world, including in Ireland, Tanzania, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, South Korea, Armenia, Russia and Japan. In 2014, Terra Madre Balkans will be held from June 19 to 22, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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Indigenous Terra Madre

The first Indigenous Terra Madre was held from June 17 to 19, 2011, in Jokkmokk (Sápmi, northern Sweden). It was organized by Slow Food Sápmi, Slow Food Sweden and Slow Food.

The event focused on local food systems, traditional knowledge, the diversity of indigenous languages and the preservation of agrobiodiversity, and was based on the belief that indigenous knowledge, ancestral but also highly modern, can show us the way towards a sustainable future for the planet. The next edition of the event will be held in 2015 in Meghalaya, in northeast India.

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Terra Madre Day

December 10 is Terra Madre Day −a celebration of local food around the world. Now held every year to mark the day that Slow Food was founded, Terra Madre Day sees our global network come together to celebrate good, clean and fair food, with thousands of activities taking place in every corner of the globe.

The day highlights our united vision and the diversity we are fighting to preserve, promoting sustainable production and consumption among communities and to local decision-makers.

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