Slow Food rules in the Paris of the Prairies

Version 2Bill Swan, Partnership Development with Adventure Canada, attended and presented at the Slow Food Canada National Summit April 19th – 22nd in Saskatoon.  

The ‘Paris of the Prairies’, as always, did not disappoint and served as an outstanding host for this event.

Surrounded by a thriving arts and culture scene and great restaurants, delegates met local farmers, teachers, students, chefs and Indigenous leaders.

Discussion revolved around local farming initiatives including their challenges as well as their rewards, youth in farming, plant breeding, urban agriculture, Indigenous food sovereignty, de-colonization and food as an integral element in First Nations cultures and reconciliation in Canada.

At the Summit Gala Dinner, A ‘Waste Not’ Feast was served, utilizing foods otherwise overlooked or discarded foods. Field tours included a dairy farm, fruit farm chicken farm and the University of Saskatchewan research greenhouses that were all very inspiring.  Delegates tasted many food items grown in Saskatchewan that included pulses, mustard, moose, yak (yes, yak!), Haskap berries, deer, elk, duck, wild rice & fresh greens; we were never hungry!  

Bill provided Gala Dinner attendees with an overview of Adventure Canada’s expedition opportunities and in particular, highlighted our new Slow Travel initiative and alliance with Slow Food in Canada and Slow Food USA as we prepare to embark on the Newfoundland Circumnavigation together in October, 2018.

Joining Bill, (note – sporting the new white shirt/AC vest look) – Ingrid Jarret, Vice-Chair, Slow Food Canada (right) Ashlyn George, Saskatchewan Travel Writer (left). 

Bonus points – what is the most important food crop (as measured in export sales) produced in SK? Leave your answer in the comments!