Knysna & Partners is setting off on an exciting journey of discovery, with the launch of a blog series titled “A Slow Route #FoodJourney”. Our stories will highlight food producers and destinations which strive towards the fundamental principles of the Slow Food Movement, which seeks to transform both our relationship with food and the way it is produced. In uncovering these local foodie gems, we hope in turn to promote food tourism in the region and the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences.
The ethos behind the movement is simple. 'Slow Food is good, clean and fair food'. In other words, the food we eat should taste good and be free of harmful additives; it should be produced in a way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.
There is a growing shift globally with regards to the way in which we view our food and the environment as a whole. The food production and consumption systems most common today are destructive to the environment and to the peoples that inhabit it and simply not sustainable. More and more people are seeking to embrace the principles of the slow food movement and it is certainly a growing trend in the Garden Route. This is apparent when visiting any bustling Farmer's Market in the region.
There are several ways in which each of us can adopt the philosophies of the slow food movement. These include:
• Avoid fast food – which damages our health, social fabric and cultural food traditions.
• Get back into the kitchen – Start cooking meals from scratch with food grown locally.
• View meals times as an opportunity to connect and engage with friends and family.
• Buy locally produced food fare - this is a key element to being a Slow Foodie. We are spoilt with wonderful farmers markets, where you can buy fresh produce grown by local farmers. By buying local produce you also radically reduce your carbon footprint.
• Buy organic and free range wherever possible
• If possible, grow some of your own produce, it is incredibly rewarding harvesting food you have grown to feed your family.
Join us on this journey. If you know of any businesses in the Greater Knysna area which are striving towards the ideals of the slow food movement, please let us know about them by emailing