On July 14, Slow Food USA hosted 500 delegates from 40+ states and over a dozen countries for the Slow Food Nations Delegate Summit, a day long pre-festival conference. We brought together farmers, fishers, chefs, academics, students, indigenous peoples, youth, community organizers and food activists under one roof at the McNichols Civic Building in downtown Denver.
Some highlights of the Delegate Experience included:
- The Big Eat, which showcased 65 of Denver’s best restaurants and bars
- A morning keynote address with Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists
- 18 breakout sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from Slow Fish 101 to food justice, featuring presenters like the James Beard Foundation and Slow Food Turtle Island Association
- Alice Waters served a vegan lunch on the lawn of the Colorado State Capitol to express our shared vision for School Lunch as an Academic Subject, universal free lunch for all students utilizing local and sustainable ingredients, and a Marshall Plan for rural America.
- A closing keynote address with Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Food International
- Delegates ratified the Slow Food USA National Statute at this year’s National Congress.