Celebrating Future Food Leaders

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2018 is the most important international event in honour of food and culture. The Slow Food festival is held from September 20-24th in Turin, Italy. This year’s theme is #FoodForChange, aiming to inspire everyone to consider how our food choices impact our health, communities and environment.

That’s why the SFYN space is dedicated to the young people, who inspire others to make change. They turn their dreams, big or small, into serious reality. Every day, everywhere around the world, they take positive (small) steps towards the future of food and farming. They are: Future Food Leaders.

Celebrating Future Food Leaders

This year we will be together with 1000 young changemakers: future food leaders! We will have 1000 unique voices and 1000 different perspectives gathered from all over the world. It is (human) biodiversity at its best! We make this diversity the power, by looking at what we have in common: we all share the same future. One which is uncertain and changing, challenging and surprising, scary and exciting all at the same time. With the Slow Food Youth Network, we’re gonna face it and embrace it with one mindset: let’s live our crazy dreams and get serious about turning them into reality.

We are certain that at this event you will discover the right ingredients you will need to accomplish that. Gather them over the course of five days with our different mind, body and soul SFYN activities! Be open and you will be surprised where you can find it: in a person’s knowledge, a conference, a story, by tasting some food or when you live an experience!

This year’s SFYN program: what to expect?

Over these five days, we are there for you to:

Find your crazy side! With wild beer tastings, slow speed dating and late night dancing … Make sure you dream: get into your flow with yoga, close your eyes & open your ears at the storytelling night, or share your vision on how the world you want to live in should be at the World Cafe … Take it seriously: get together to put the dreams into practice with networking meetings, gain new knowledge at the conferences that matter to you, and let your voice be heard in open discussions and strategic sessions … Make it real: learn the do’s and don’ts from those behind the most successful SFYN projects around the world, empower yourself with our easy-to-follow toolkits, and get immersed into it at our workshops …

But most of all, go for the unexpected! Be open for surprises. Talk with someone you don’t know. Don’t be afraid: we all speak the language of food. Wander around. Don’t follow the program.

Let’s enjoy and celebrate those 5 days. Don’t go too fast, live Slow (Food).

PS. Curious what a future food leader exactly is? Read it here: a letter to future food leaders.

Practical announcements: schedule and more

The full event schedule is available NOW, but keep checking for updates!

The SFYN space consists of:

  • The Arena: a shared space, together with the Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) and global migrant networks
  • SFYN Booth: inside the Arena, we have our own room to dream and take action
  • Surprise stage: a SFYN pop-up party could happen anywhere, anytime!

A teaser of the program

  • Thursday: Traditional Indigenous opening ceremony
  • Friday: Raise your fork for change in the World Cafe!
  • Saturday: Dance, dance, dance!
  • Sunday: Get it done! learn practical change-making skills from the best SFYN projects
  • Monday: Cheers and ciao with cocktails!
  • Everyday: Morning yoga & afternoon energizers