I'm extremely fortunate and really excited to have been selected as a UK delegate at this year's Terra Madre event, which takes place in Turin this September.
Terra Madre takes place every two years and brings together thousands of farmers and food producers from 150 countries around the world. However, this years event is set to be especially spectacular as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Terra Madre is a Slow Food project and was born to give the world's small-scale producers a voice and visibility, to raise awareness of the true value of their work, and provide them with the tools they need to work in better conditions.
Instead of its usual venue at the convention centre, this year it will encourage an even bigger audience to attend and spread right across the city, occupying some of the most prestigious and beautiful sites in Turin. The event is expected to attract 5,000 delegates from 160 countries, more than 800 exhibitors, 300 Slow Food Presidia and 500 Terre Madre food communities.
The theme for this year's event is Loving the Earth and will highlight the future battle to ensure the right to food for all. By expanding the number of venues for the event and making it more accessible, the aim is to let the greatest number of people possible know what Slow Food is doing and involve them to take action.
The programme of events at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, includes: Taste Workshops, Dinner Dates, Cooking Schools, Educational Activities, Conferences and Forums.