Chilli Drive

Do you have a glut of hot chillies? Are they so hot you think no one can eat them? Are you wondering what to do with them? Well, we want them! It is chilli season and the fruit is ripening to a wonderful fiery red. Some of us grow those incredibly hot chillies for ornamental reasons. Some of us grow them without realising how hot they really are. Some of us just grow them but can't actually eat them all. We are looking for super hot chillies (with an 8/10 heat rating or higher). Donated chillies can be dropped at:...

Read More

Hunter Drought on Global Radar

As a devastating drought continues to impact Hunter Valley - and other NSW - farmers, Slow Food volunteers in the Hunter region have rallied to support their local producers. The work has not gone unnoticed and was mentioned last week in Federal Parliament by Meryl Swanson MP, Federal Member for Paterson. In her speech to parliament Ms Swanson acknowledged the work of Slow Food Hunter Valley and the measures taken to help local drought-affected farmers. Slow Food International has published the story on the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity website, giving Slow Food Hunter Valley international exposure and recognition. As...

Read More

Tocal 2017 and Bake and Burn

Bake Or Burn Competition Tocal Field Days

The Tocal Field Days were held on May 5, 6 and 7 this year. Slow Food Hunter Valley was engaged to look after the Good Food Hall, the adjacent Eat Street outside the hall, and organise and run the Bake or Burn contest. In addition to all that, Slow Food Hunter Valley also created a display garden and raised money from our own food stall in the hall and the sale of produce from a number of our farming members. Bake or Burn The Bake or Burn contest once again elicited a great response from high schools across the Hunter who were keen to participate...

Read More

I LOVE the Markets

Tomatoes At the Markets

I wanted to say thanks for getting these markets together. Ten days after my husband and I did our shopping there the spinach, cauliflower and other produce was still fresh in the fridge (just like what we grow at home). I used to take lettuces and spinach to friends in Sydney and they always commented on how fresh it stayed and for how long. I now understand how appreciative they were. I am heading off again this Thursday and this time I am taking my neighbours who are elderly and can't drive after dark. They are very excited!

Read More

Maitland Taste Festival

The Maitland Taste Festival was on again on March 11 and 12 (10am to 4pm). This year we were weaving our magic with pumpkins. We cooked pumpkins, we sold pumpkins, we ate pumpkins, we had our photo taken with pumpkins and some of us even painted pumpkins. Slow Food Hunter Valley held a food stall with a pumpkin theme (pumpkin ravioli  and the pumpkin scones). While the pumpkin ravioli was very popular, the pumpkin scones (with wild rosella jam) sold out. You see, we still  love our scones here in the Hunter. Local artists Gaye Shield and Kay Sparkes provided children's art classes that proved to...

Read More

National Slow Food Conference

SlowFood Logo

The Hunter Valley will host the Slow Food National Conference from 3 August to 6 August. Official events start on Thursday the 3rd August. The official launch of the Hunter Valley's newly established Slow Food Earth Market (a collaboration between Slow Food Hunter Valley and the  Maitland Council) will happen during the conference.

Read More