Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is the biggest international event dedicated to food. Migration is a central theme, with the phenomenon explored in depth throughout the event and seen not as a distant problem but as the consequence of shortsighted policies and choices that affect all of us directly. Every 2 years, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto examines the issue through numerous forums, looking at topics closely linked to migration, like climate change, the exploitation of labor in agriculture, and international cooperation. For more information visit the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto website


There are many ways to interpret Mare Nostrum, “our sea,” the Mediterranean. One of the keys to understanding the region is food and the relationships between different yet similar gastronomic cultures. The Festival of Mediterranean Cuisine, organized every year by Slow Food and the Italo-French association Mediterran: il nostro stile di vita, aims to celebrate the sea in all its richness, as well as to promote a new model of Mediterranean development, so that cooperation and empathy for biocultural diversities in the region can become motors driving sustainable economies and new forms of acceptance.

SLOW FISH, Genoa, Italy

The sea is both a border and a point of arrival, representing at times desperation, and at times salvation. Over the past few years the Slow Migrants network has heard firsthand the stories of people who have left their native land in search of a new future. Different motivations have pushed women, men, and entire families to leave their homes, cross the sea, and find a new place to live. Increasingly, migration is bringing up new challenges and cultural, social, economic, and even gastronomic issues; and over the years, many migrants have been able to find their place in their new country, coming up with long-term projects and new businesses. Slow Fish wants to be an event where these experiences can be shared and where we can reflect on the possibility of a different kind of reception for migrants. One such experience is that of Therese Theodor, who came to Genoa from Haiti 20 years ago and has challenged expectations by opening the doors of her home and serving dishes that mix local flavors and recipes from her homeland.

CHEESE, Bra, Italy

Every year, Cheese presents awards to cheesemakers who are continuing to produce cheese and other foods according to tradition and in balance with nature. For three editions in a row, a Slow Cheese Award has been presented to a migrant who is making traditional cheese in Italy. In 2011, the recognition was given to Vullnet Alushani, a migrant from Albania who makes Caciocavallo Podolico in Puglia, while in 2013 one of the winners was Agron Gryka, also from Albania, who produces provola in Sicily. In 2015, the award went to Agitu Ideo, an Ethiopian woman who has become a goatherd and cheesemaker in Trentino.


Every year, the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, together with Slow Food, turns the spotlight on migrant communities with film screenings, debates, and traditional food, all served up as part of the Migranti Film Festival.

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