The 7th Slow Food International Congress Meeting was held in Chengdu, China in late September – early October 2017.
Around 400 representatives from about 90 countries participated, to ratify fairly radical changes to Slow Food’s structure and way of operating from now onward. On the final of the 3 days, the Declaration of Chengdu was approved unanimously.
Some of the significant shifts are that Slow Food will no longer be a membership fee based organisation but will be a movement that is free to join. There will be an option to become a donor, and fundraising drives will become more important.
Like minded groupings will more easily be able to form Food Communities of common interest in a way that will be both more inclusive and open as well as more responsive to existing grassroots activities. All existing Convivia have been given 3 years to convert to Food Communities.
For the first time at a Slow Food Congress, every participant was able to contribute there voice, on a number of pre-determined topics, in a full day of World Cafe rounds of discussion that were both interesting as well as demanding! It allowed for a full day of engaging in depth with your group of 12 from all over the world.
The international Menu for Change Campaign was officially launched with the strong call to Eat local, seasonal, varied food, as a way to act against Climate Change.
The Arc of Taste display we all contributed to was hugely diverse and extensive, and as always, succeeded in leaving a real impression of the extraordinary diversity of cultures and foods brought together under the common aims of the Slow Food movement.