by Dalton Main
The organization Slow Food International is looking to bring its largest event to the United States, and Louisville is among the potential host cities.
The name Slow Food comes from the group’s intent to fight the rise of fast food and its effects on communities and the environment. Every four years, the group holds an International Congress, which is a colloquium of about a thousand environmental and agricultural leaders.
The organization has never held a congress in the U.S. Aside from Louisville, New York, Washington D.C. and New Orleans are all being considered as host cities.
Local Chef Mark Williams is the southern regional governor for Slow Food USA.
“I think Kentucky and the Midwest region is really the heart of the farmland in America and I really think it would be important to come to the heartland and to the farm areas to see what’s going on here,” he says. “Louisville’s a really great food town and I think a lot of people don’t know about it; and I think it would be good for people from around the world to come learn more about it.”
This year’s congress would be the second ever held outside of Europe. The 2007 event was held in Mexico. All the others have been in Europe. A host city will likely be announced in March.