Terra Madre Macedonia is a network of Slow Food’s local organizations in Macedonia, associations of producers, youth activists, experts and chefs that gathered for the first time in Bitola from 24-26 June, 2016. All groups are working with a common goal: protection and promotion of local food. The network is inspired by the worldwide network of Terra Madre whose coordinator is Slow Food.
This three-day event offered a very diverse program consisted of: two conferences, fair and degustation of products such as: sweet, honey, cheese, wine, grape juice, bukovka pepper and etc., adult courses and education of children, school vegetable garden, live cooking with most famous chefs from Macedonia, exhibitions, slow food bar for presentations and hangouts, youth camp, cinema.
Over 200 participants discussed different topics such as the role of young people in creating sustainable model system of food, dairy farms as new challenge for science and practice, agro-tourism, climate change, pastures and cheese, the survival of bees, sustainable organic agriculture and small farms.
The main goal of the event was to gather all the important entities in the agriculture and food sector in order to go through the old flavors and the education of the consumers which can guarantee the survival of many varieties, breeds, products and processing methods needed for the sustainable development of rural areas. Preservation of traditional products does not mean return to the past, but means increased range and storage of cultural heritage.
This activity is part of the SWG project “Strengthening regional capacities for rural development through integrated forest and water resources management in Southeast Europe (LEIWW)” funded by GIZ.