Take it slow and delicious on the Midlands Meander

2008-06-09 00:00

The Midlands Meander is home to creative and hospitable people making a living at a gentler pace and eager to share a taste of their lifestyle with visitors.

The annual Slow Food Festival, which started on June 6 and runs until June 16, celebrates the abundance of local produce and the creative people who put interesting twists into the dishes they prepare.

The Slow Food Movement was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life. Distressed that their traditional foods might be smothered by a wave of fast food, Italians formed an organisation to safeguard gastronomic resources and promote biodiversity of plants and animals.

Convinced that the concept of fast food disrupts our lives and determined not to mistake frenzy for efficiency, they work to banish the degrading effects of fast food and not only improving quality of life, but saving lives and conserving cultures and communities.

At the Weekend Witness Midlands Meander Slow Food Festival, we aspire to these ideals. Join us to rediscover flavours and savour local produce. Relax and remember that we pick our own herbs, make our own sweet chilli chutney and bake fresh scones every morning.

We are not in a rush, believing that the positive energy that goes in to unhurried food preparation has an effect on the taste. So pour a glass of wine while you wait for your meal (which will be a little slower than in the city, obviously) and afterwards, lie on the lawn and watch the clouds before you order a decadent dessert to accompany your coffee.

Food brings family and friends together for a sensual experience, so make the most of a day out in the country with a gathering of gourmands or simply people you love.

Learn how to cook real slow at Hebron Haven, where chef and owner Rudi Pollabauer shares recipes for sauces and starters.

At Caversham Mill, local potter Ian Glenny supplies tagines for clay cooked casseroles and baked treats.

For a full list of the day-to-day meanderings on offer, log on to www.witness.co.za and follow the easy-to-use plotted map of the Slow Food Festival.

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