Slow Stories

  • Slow Food Youth FERMENT!

    by Slow Food Bali
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  • Squarefoot Farming

    by Slow Food Bali

    Working together with SQUAREFOOT FARMERS from India, Slow Food Bali was proud to offer a highly motivating workshop on growing our own food, lead by Mr Vishwas Makam, from Squarefoot Farmers.  The workshop stimulated awareness of getting into our own food production, right at home.

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  • 1st Ubud Food Festival!

    by Slow Food Bali

    When we heard the news that the Ubud Food Festival was coming to town in June 2015, our hearts filled with happiness. A whole three days dedicated to singing the praises of local food, local chefs and local producers? Sign us up! Slow Food Bali is involved in two very special sessions, but the program is FULL of other slow foodie goodness. So take ten minute and head to their website right now to plan your Ubud Food Festival experience.

    Our picks include: 

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  • SLOW FOOD BALI Heads to Terra Madre

    by Mary Jane Edleson

    Slow Food Bali Convivium Leader Mary Jane Edleson arrived this week in Turin, Italy, to attend the now unified Slow Food international events of Terra Madre (conferences, workshops and meetings on food and sustainable food production) and Salone del Gusto (food tasting fair) held from Oct 23 – 27.

    The latest edition of this global biennial is dedicated to family farming and Slow Food’s international Ark of Taste project for the protection of biodiversity. This year’s event brings together a wide range of people in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing and breeding.

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  • Why Wild Forest Honey?

    by Mary Jane Edleson

    Indonesia\’s forests are still blessed with the Apis dorsata Giant Bee, one of Asia\’s most productive honey bees.  Noteworthy about this species has been its resilience to the threats facing imported / hybrid bee species, thus allowing it to continue to play an important role as a plant pollinator in the forests of Indonesia. 

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  • Mindful Dining

    by Cat Wheeler

    One of the pleasures of being in Bali is the amazing range of wonderful food that’s available in the tourist areas. You name it – Indonesian, French, Turkish, Cuban, Chinese, Thai, Indian, vegetarian – someone is making it, usually quite well. It’s all very pleasant… and very anomalous. There must be very few places in the developing world where international diners expect and receive this level of dining quality and diversity.

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  • Seeds for a Hungry World

    by Cat Wheeler

    In August Bali was honoured by a visit from Dr Vandana Shiva. This globally renowned environmental activist, biopiracy warrior, quantum physicist, eco-feminist, champion of small farms and hugely inspiring speaker has been called a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice. She was brought to Ubud by Mantasa and Slow Food Bali for a dinner and seminar, which celebrated presenter Desi Anwar flew in to moderate.

    Dr Shiva came to talk to us about seeds. Small objects, big subject.

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  • Slow Food 2014 Almanac Launched

    by Slow Food Bali Working Committee

    Take a moment to read the Slow Food 2014 Almanac which recounts what Slow Food is, and what our world-wide organization is becoming through the concrete efforts of our network around the world.

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  • The Story of Tea - Tasting Indonesian & Balinese Teas

    by Mila Shwaiko

    On a recent beautiful Saturday morning, some twenty Slow Food Bali members gathered to attend a tea party like no other.  As we walked down, down into the Campuan river valley in the heart of Ubud, moss began to cover every surface as the air became cooler and the sun struggled to get past huge trees and tangled vines.

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  • Bringing Home the Bacon – Charcuterie from Local Pork

    by Cat Wheeler

    Executive Chef Eelke Plasmeijer of Alila Ubud\’s Plantation Restaurant is becoming famous on the island for his outstanding pork dishes. True to Slow Food\’s philosophy, he sources pigs raised near Ubud which are fed rice bran, banana trunks, greens and sweet potatoes instead of commercial feed which contains antibiotics.

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  • Slow Food Youth Network Bali Launched!

    by Slow Food Bali

    The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is an international network of young people who bring about changes in the field of food production and consumption. Today, the SFYN is a global movement, and the new Bali group, launched on Dec 12, 2014, is a pioneer chapter in the whole of the ASEAN region.

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  • Wing Beans, the One-Stalk Supermarket

    by Cat Wheeler

    Meet the humble wing or winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), a traditional vegetable that\’s been around for millenia. You\’ve probably never heard of it, but this neglected legume is about to experience a resurgence in recognition and profile. Slow Food Bali has adopted it as a project with the intention of encouraging commercial cultivation. The wing bean could ultimately replace imported soybeans in the manufacture of tempe and tofu in Indonesia, as well as providing a healthy and easily cultivated source of protein in many other dishes across the archipelago.

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  • Cupping Indonesia – Celebrating Extraordinary Coffee

    by Cat Wheeler

    Indonesia\’s fabulous single-source Arabica coffees are taking the world by storm. The prestigious international coffee guide Coffee Review described Indonesian Arabicas as \’the single malt whiskies of the coffee world\’. Gathered from small farms in the highlands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, Flores and Papua, each coffee reflects its unique terroir.

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  • Eat Local and Save the World!

    by Slow Food Bali

    Slow Food Bali was honored to be part of a fascinating discussion on Reducing Carbon Emission through Local Food Consumption focused on climate change and the tourism industry. The event was held by the National Council for Climate Change Indonesia at Bambu Indah on April 5th, 2014.

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