Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day 2 - The Migration of Terra Madre Community

Day 2 – Friday, 10/22

The Migration of Terra Madre Community

The Olympic feeling continues here at Terra Madre as the whole Terra Madre community has moved, like a nomadic tribe, to Lingotto Oval (2006 Winter Olympic Games venue for speed skating) for the next three days of workshops.
Many of the workshops are attended by participants of many different ethnic backgrounds and languages and are therefore have live translation in as many as eight languages, through a system of headsets worn by participants. Quite impressive in itself.
I Attended several breakout sessions including “Sustainable Education”, and “the Future of Education” presented by economists, students, teachers, and Alice Waters, Vice-President of Slow Food International, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. Theses workshops looked at the issues that are key to a sustainable education.
Interspersed among the workshops are several opportunities to gather in smaller groups for informal discussion and to view many exhibits scattered throughout the Oval. And then there is the Salone del Gusto which runs concurrently with Terra Madre and is perhaps the only place in the world where peasants and artisan producers, academics and chefs, wine connoisseurs and novice food lovers can come together in a spirit of exchange and friendship. For more detailed info on the Salone go to
After a real mind-opening, soaking of the all the senses day, I make my way back to my hotel, fall into bed, with the day’s events replaying in my head. Exhausted, I am anxious to do it again in a few short hours.
Buona Notte!

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