Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation founded in Italy in 1989 to counter the effects that the rise in fast food and fast-pace living has had on our relationship with food. The not for profit movement aims to eliminate the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food now operates in seven countries - Switzerland, Germany, USA, UK, Japan and The Netherlands – where Slow Food activities, events and projects are always on the go to help people have a better understanding of their food and where it comes from.

This month in Amsterdam, Slow Food, along with Slow Food Youth Network Netherlands and Studio/K, is hosting a Food Film Festival from March 22 -24 2013. The 3-day fair presents a selection of documentaries, shorts and fictional movies related to food, nutrition, sustainability, gastronomy and connoisseurs of all varieties and is aimed at an international audience, so there are films and activities for non-Dutch speakers.

Slow Food UK has also recently announced an event in collaboration with Michel Roux on March 19 - An evening with Michel Roux Jr and Slow Food UK - and the official dates for Slow Food UK Week. This year the 10-day event will be taking place from 1– 9 June and the events calendar is already looking full. Leading chefs will be showing their support for the movement, including Richard Corrigan (pictured below) at Corrigan’s restaurant. Slow Food runs a Forgotten Foods project which aims to protect threatened small-scale quality produce and Chef Corrigan’s Slow Food Lunch menu, a la carte evening menu and a special six course Forgotten Foods tasting menu, will include a selection of Forgotten Foods for guests to taste during the festivities.