In the past year, I have collaborated with some fantastic people to organise, script, cook, and host workshops and talks on food, agriculture and sustainability.
One of the main workshop themes is ‘taste education’, a pedagogy stemming from Slow Food, an international movement campaigning for good, clean, fair food.
As Slow Food states:
“By understanding where our food comes from, how it was produced and by whom, adults and children can learn how to combine pleasure and responsibility in daily choices and appreciate the cultural and social importance of food.”
For me, taste education achieves several things. It lets people prepare or eat a meal in a social setting. It also helps to harness curiosity surrounding food and uses this as a tool for further knowledge exploration on underlying themes such as culture, agriculture, climate, and sustainable diets.
Overall, the individual focus and hands-on element of taste education gives people agency and a voice, which can then be grounded in global perspectives and policy, and its link to society, environment, and culture. This resonates with the powerful quote:
“To eat is a necessity, to eat intelligently is an art.”
For more information on the specific workshops and talks, please use the drop-down menu. If you would like to collaborate, or for me to host a workshop, please contact me.