In the time when we require everything to be immediate and are in a constant hurry, there exists an idea that wants us to slow down and enjoy the sensual pleasure of our everyday meals.
When a global network of fast food opened a new restaurant in a historic area of Rome in 1986, the food critic Carlo Petrini established the organization known as Slow Food as an act of opposition. It quickly became an international movement, uniting more than 80 thousand members in 50 countries, who support the idea of “defending the right to taste”.
Slow Food appeared in Poland on 4 December 2002, and the first convivium, or a city slowfood association, was founded in Kraków. From the very beginning, Slow Food Poland has aimed to protect “oscypek” – promotion and legislation enabling the lawful sale of this traditional Polish cheese from Podhale. The organization also grants recommendations to restaurants which operate in accordance with its ideas – in Małopolska the following restaurants have been recognized: Dwór Sieraków, Restauracja
Trzy Rybki and Ed Red in Kraków. All in all, this region is rich in flavours and regional products. Lisiecka sausage from Liszki and Czernichów located near Kraków, slivovitz from Łąck, liquor from Lanckorona, the so called “puppet” rolls baked only in Liszki, king carp from Zator, mineral and therapeutic waters from Krynica, Muszyna and Wysowa allow Małopolska to easily compete with other areas famous for great flavours in Europe and the world.
Lovers of good food and slow rhythm of life can meet in Old Kleparz in Kraków where the Article & Food Bazaar is cyclically organized. It is a place where you can buy local products, try unusual and original dishes, and take part in workshops for children and adults. We suggest you already make a note in your calendar about Terra Madre Slow Food Festival organized in November, during which Kraków becomes a culinary capital
of Central Europe. It is a unique chance for a meeting between the village and the city, the farmer and the consumer. During the festival you can take part in demonstrations, discussions and wine tasting, as well as try dishes prepared by master chefs from different parts of the world. It is also a great opportunity to see, that slow food is not a fad but a lifestyle and a way to live a healthy, balanced life.
The slow rhythm of life
Slow food is based on something more than food prepared without artificial additives and with natural seasonal ingredients. It is varied, colourful and aromatic – food we can eat without haste while enjoying its unique taste. It is the discovery of new dishes, ingredients and sensory experience, as well as protection of regional products,
which are part of tradition, culture and history of a particular place. Finally, it is also time we spend with friends while leisurely enjoying the taste and nurturing the depth of our connection.