Slow Food in South Africa


Slow Food in South Africa is made up of a network of food communities, supporters, producers, participants, activists and volunteers that reflect the diversities and extremes of our country. 

When joining in at our events, the platform where the focus and interest of our volunteers finds expression, you might find that the Cape currently has an active group of youth engaging in the food system in a whole range of ways; or that there is a long-standing group who organize fine food outings; or that Johannesburg is very effective in championing raw milk cheese or nose to tail consumption of meat.

The joys of sharing good, clean and fair food is always a key focus, and participation or contributions from anyone keen to volunteer or join in is welcomed.


We create awareness about the need to transform the dominant food system to achieve Good, Clean and Fair Food for All in our country. 

We embrace the principles of environmental sustainability, social justice and food security and sovereignty.

We aim to support keeping our rich local food biodiversity and traditions alive. 


We gather together in solidarity to share and learn across our diversities and differences at events that raise awareness and connect us to local producers. 

Some of us are helping to build the 10 000 Gardens in Africa network, others are populating the Ark of Taste archive, or are forming food communities of like minded of chefs, fishers or indigenous food activists.

One of the most powerful acts common to us all is to buy and eat locally produced foods as much as possible, no matter how little. Supporting small scale local farmers, producers and retailers, be they subsistence or profitable enterprises, actively shifts support away from the dominant food value chain and gradually grows an alternative.