Slow Food Melbourne (SFM) is a non profit incorporated association registered in Victoria, Australia. ABN 61 664 969 879.
The Slow Food Melbourne Farmers' Market (SFMFM) started its life at the Abbotsford Convent more than a decade ago, at a time when the Convent’s tragic history and imminent destruction haunted the public’s mind. The market was a direct response to the need for revitalising community interest in one of Melbourne’s iconic sites— and we got it right.
The Slow Food Melbourne Farmers' Market enjoyed unprecedented success.
In its current incarnation, the SFMFM brings its rich history, food and global reach to Melbourne’s inner west, where the food culture blooms with exciting culinary combinations forged on the fires of new connections.
We are a mixed bag of cross-generational, multicultural Victorians who care about where our food comes from and the hard-working folk who produce it. We support a slower, richer pace of living connected to culture and history through the living lens of food. We care and work for the preservation of all culinary traditions and cultures, whilst fostering the creation of new ones.
At the heart of Slow Food Melbourne (SFM) lies the farmers' market (FM). The space where lovers of food and culture meet to exchange, celebrate and protect, the magic of heritage and food traditions; whilst encouraging innovation.
Every fourth (4th) Saturday of every month (8am to 1pm) come rain, hail or shine, our community meets at the Spotswood-Kingsville RSL to celebrate the bond between producers and consumers with neighbours and friends. Growing this bond from kitchen tops to restaurant tables to cafe benches to school cafeterias and hospital menus— this is what Slow Food Melbourne does all day every day.
For those who thought that the Slow Food movement means long-cooked casseroles or overnight smouldering barbeque pits, you are not wrong, but there is so much more to the story. We love and support slow made food that takes a lovingly long time to grow, cook and eat, but Slow Food also has a spirit. “Good, clean and fair food for all”: these are the principles on which the Slow Food movement was founded in 1986 on the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy, by Carlo Petrini as a protest to the opening of a McDonald’s. In the simplest sense Slow Food is the opposite of Fast Food.
Slow Food Melbourne exists today in the same spirit.