SIBUYISELA ULWAZI Food and Seed Festival was convened by Biowatch SA at the Durban Botanical Gardens on the 25th and 26th of October 2017.
The festival celebrated traditional seed and related food cultures, in the context of socially and ecologically just food production systems. It provided a space for small-holder farmers, civil society, and interested people to experience the diversity of traditional food crops, share learning, identify challenges and explore future-thinking innovations in support of seed and food sovereignty.
Among others, several Slow Food activists shared their experiences and demonstrated the delicious, nutritious and sustainable in relation to our traditional seed and food cultures.
There were many Slow Food supporters present throughout the festival, including chefs, farmers, youth and indigenous food activists, both from Durban as well from further afield, including Cape Town. Slow Food was given a platform to share what they stand for and to convey the recent shift towards a more inclusive community based movement. Information as well as booklets were on hand, and disappeared fast.
Fantastically diverse displays of seed and a wonderful range of delicious traditional foods were available for tasting in an event that was both joyous as well as hugely informative.