Traditional Balkan food can be driver of economic development of rural areas is one of the messages from the celebration of Terra Madre Day organized in Bijelo Polje on 10th December, 2019


Following the Slow Food calendar, NGO Kisele vode in cooperation with the Municipality of Bijelo Polje and Tourism Organization of Bijelo Polje organized on 10th December Terra Madre Day Bijelo Polje as a day which is celebrated in the entire world as a Tera Madre Day. This year was celebrated 30 years of Slow Food movement. The main moto of the event: by local, cherish the tradition, prepare food responsibly, eat smart. Slow food community in Montenegro exist since 2016 as Slow Food Montenegro Bjelasica & Komovi and Prokletije and nowadays count almost 30 members. Until now on the list of Slow food protected products include leaf cheese made in Bijelo Polje and corn “jarik”, but this event was an opportunity to create new communities and put new products on the list Ark of Taste.

The Conference Slow Food in the Balkans-Perspectives and Opportunities was organized in the Hotel Franca in Bijelo Polje. The main participants were representative of Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, SWG RRD, Municipality of Bijelo Polje, Regional Development Agency Bjelasica & Komovi and Prokletije, Slow Food Trebinje, representative of Biotechnical faculty from Podgorica, Slow Food Izmir, potential slow food leaders of new established communities etc. On conference were invited local and national media, which shared all details to public.

In the scope of the event, the same day was organized exhibition of small-scale producers at the main square in Bijelo Polje. Twenty-four participants from Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo* took par at the Mini fair. Participants from Macedonia couldn’t participate but share their message via video conference. Participants from Albania as well could not participate due to recent earthquake disaster that struck this country. All participants had an opportunity to learn more about perspectives and opportunities of Slow food in the Balkan region, to learn more about importance to save biodiversity and to use local products.