Take The Fast Route To Slow Food

In a world where the serving of our food matches the tempo of our fast-paced lives it’s easy to get caught up in the quickened beat and blur the lines between convenience and old-fashioned nutrition. This new harmful phenomena has sparked worldwide revolt and this week Flat Art Studios investigates the largest competitor in the fast food market – the Slow Food Movement. 

Slow Food is the freshest idea around. Photo: Michael Le Grange

Cape Town’s Slow Food Mother City is a luscious branch of the worldwide Slow Food Movement. The grassroots movement begun in Italy 23 years ago and is now supported in over 150 countries. If you are anything as avid a foodie and pro-organic pledger as we are here at Flat Art Studios you too should realize how important it is to stay in the know regarding what we consume and that only our homegrown veggies have right to bury their heads beneath the ground – we don’t.

Only homegrown veggies can have their heads stuck in the ground. Photo: Lee Malan

In this day and age our brains have become as fried as soggy chips and burnt crumbs clogged with the thick, discoloured, reused oil of fast food chains. When it comes to food we want it and we want it now. With our busy lifestyles and technological advances we have lost touch with our food. The closest we come is the sludge of tomato sauce from a translucent plastic packet running down our chin as we lick our sticky fingers clean.

Fast food fits too easily into our fast lives. Photo: Donna Lewis

The slow food movement has been formed to revolt against the fast food lifestyle we have all too easily become accustomed too. It promotes the belief that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible.” It is committed to retying the connection between people, communities and the food they produce and consume and now has 100 000 members across the globe.

Traditional fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy if you choose your ingredients carefully. Photo: Michael le Grange

Slow Food Mother City is the chapter of the Slow Food Movement that is situated right here in our own beautiful backyard of Cape Town. With our newly acquired love for convenience there really is no excuse for us not to join this worthy cause. A small annual fee is all it costs to join or alternatively you can sign up to receive newsletters about upcoming events and latest news – for free. Being in the food industry we at Flat Art Studios can recognize the importance of knowing where your food comes from and also that of choosing healthier options and lifestyle habits. It’s great to know of ways in which we can do that.

Healthy food doesn't have to take long to prepare. Photo: Dona Lewis

Slow Food Mother City organizes monthly events aimed at exposing members and vistors alike to a life where the grass is as nutritious as it is green. Organized activities include trips to local producers’ farms, foraging expeditions, organic food markets and fun events such as their Willy Wonker screening and sweet market held in November of last year. The events help raise awareness as to where our food comes from and, in a lot of cases, where it should be coming from instead. This really is a great cause so let’s hope that soon the only use we have for the word fast is the pace at which we choose a greener life.

Click here for more info on Slow Food Mother City.

Photo: Lee Malan


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We are a tight-knit group of photographers specializing in food photography in the Cape Town area.
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