Paonia festival sponsors local farmers to Terra Madre conference
PAONIA – The Slow Food Western Slope chapter hosts its second annual Food, Farm, Film and Wine Festival in Paonia on Aug. 14-15. The festival features local foods, winery and farm tours and films that inform and celebrate the global food movement.Slow Food is a concept, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.Proceeds of the event will fund one of the North Fork Valley farmers to attend Slow Food International’s Terra Madre Conference in Italy in October. Terra Madre is an international network of food producers, cooks, educators and students from 150 countries who are united by a common goal of global sustainability in food. Local farmers will return to the Western Slope to share innovative solutions and time-honored traditions for keeping small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production alive and well.The festival this year will feature the wineries and farms on Garvin Mesa, near Paonia. On Saturday festival goers will have the opportunity to visit and tour Stone Cottage Cellars, Azura Cellars, Terror Creek Winery, Bella Farm and Desert Weyr – home of Black Welsh Mountain sheep. In the evening, participants will see the movie “Food Fight” at the Paradise Theater. “Food Fight” is a look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. A dinner featuring fresh, local produce at Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn will follow the movie.Sunday will start off with a continental breakfast at the Paradise Theater followed by the movie “Fresh.” “Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of food and the planet. After the movie, attendees will have brunch at Orchard Valley Farms accompanied by music from local musicians.The two-day ticket price is $125, Saturday-only tickets cost $100 and Sunday-only tickets cost $35. To purchase tickets, go to the Slow Food Western Slope website, http://www.slowfoodwesternslope.org, or call 970-872-4628. Slow Food members will receive a discount at the event with proof of membership.