“Slow Food” groups in Turkey will cooperate to organize this Terra Madre Fair.
Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer and a delegation representing the Slow Food communities in Turkey met with Slow Food representatives in Bra, Italy. Mr. Tunç Soyer and Slow Food Turkey’s representatives consulted Slow Food’s Chairman Carlo Petrini, Slow Food’s General Secretary Paolo Di Croce and Balkans Slow Food Coordinator Michele Rumiz. As a result of these discussions, the parties agreed to organize the Mediterranean and Anatolian events of Slow Food Terra Madre in Izmir in 2021.
Small businesses located all around Turkey and the Mediterranean region will participate to Terra Madre Fair to be organized in Izmir. This fair will be the meeting platform of all samples promoting the Anatolian cuisine and produces and local produces will be introduced to the whole world without any intermediaries. The Slow Food communities and other municipalities will select the producers one by one and the preparation stage of the fair shall take 18 months and hundreds of Turkish volunteers will be a part of managing this process.
“In the next 18 months, we will be working very hard to reach out to local and small businesses located all around Turkey. Rapid decrease in the number of small businesses as well as reduced rural population and extinction of thousands of years old food culture cannot be accepted in a country with such long established culture of agriculture and cuisine. This organization will be a historical reminder of another possible agricultural vision” said Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer.