WHAT IS SLOW FOOD?
What is Slow Food?
(It’s not about braising.)
People often ask me if Slow Food means slow cooking, crock pot classics and braised meats. While many on the West Coast subscribe to a "Slow Food"-inspired lifestyle, many people don’t know that this way of consuming what is good, clean and fair emerged thanks to the Slow Food movement in Italy, and operates as a global network of non-profit organisations celebrating 25 years of fighting for the little guy: the farmer, the fisher, the food consumer.
In Canada, Slow Food arrived 15 years ago in Montreal first, and then on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands thanks to a handful of committed chefs, farmers and restaurateurs who recognised a troubling shift in the way we were feeding ourselves. Slow Food presented an alternative, a return to a localised food system that nurtured the people, the land and the waters that produced the food. It reminded us that the pleasures of the table are important, and that shared meals of garden goodness are vital to a good life.
Today, Slow Food advocates for a clean and fair food system in over 170 countries. In Canada, we are a volunteer organisation stretching from coast to coast, with members involved in every link of the food chain. Slow Food Edmonton’s Kevin Kossowan was tasked with capturing the diversity of the movement for the short film, What is Slow Food in Canada? In his trademark vibrant style, Kossowan’s camera takes us on a cross-country culinary journey to Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, central Alberta, Montreal, Vallée de la Batiscan, Lanaudière, Cocagne in New Brunswick, Toronto, Tatamagouche in Nova Scotia, and more.
As Story Chaser, Kossowan also chronicles his adventures hunting food for his family in his series, From the Wild. His cinematography is stunningly textural and nuanced, making one instantly proud to live in such a ruggedly beautiful country.
In collaboration with Knifewear, Canada’s preeminent knife supplier for chefs, Kossowan is also the man behind the lens and music score for the two-part documentary Springhammer, about Japanese blacksmiths whose lives are dedicated to crafting culinary knives, drawing on their traditional sword making techniques.
Exemplifying all things Slow Food, Kossowan has helped create a thriving urban farm, Lactuca, minutes from downtown Edmonton and a food preservation educational outreach club called Shovel and Fork, with Slow Food Edmonton convivium leader, Chad Moss.
After visiting conviviums from coast to coast, Kossowan describes what Slow Food in Canada is, “It’s a force, like an oversized kid that doesn’t know its own strength. As an aggregate, the projects the people on the ground are having across the country are dramatically changing the face of good, clean, and fair food… showing me the best of our country through the lens of Slow Food.”
Links to Kevin Kossowan’s projects:
From the Wild: http://storychaser.ca/?page_id=24