What’s the link between Cheshire, the football clubs of Juventus and Torino, the renowned Italian director Dario Argento and the Bicerin drink? Apparently there isn’t any. Che c’azzecca – it doesn’t make any sense! However, everything has a meaning, even though sometimes it’s difficult to see.
So, long story short, a friend from Cheshire is going to Turin in early December to watch the Juventus – Torino match, AKA Derby della Mole – The Derby of the Mole. Not that I am really into football, not at all actually – Panem et Circenses, bread and circuses, as the Latin wisdom teaches – but any excuse to visit Turin, one of the most underrated Italian destinations.
Turin looks grey and can get very cold at this time of the year. However, despite the cold blowing from the mountains, old style buildings, monuments and stylish cafés reveal the regal past of the city. It was the capital of a Reign, after all. A long history treasured in its perfectly geometrical boulevards, clear signs of its origin as a Roman military camp. Then, the economic engine of a country during the ’50 and ‘60s with FIAT, acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino – Italian Car Manufacturer Turin-. And set of fierce conflicts in the ‘70s in the so called Italian Years of Lead.
It’s like it’s written it in its DNA that Turin has to be at the heart of history. And it is during a time of global crisis and reinterpretation of social models that Turin has hosted the 8th edition of “Salone del Gusto”, biennial celebration of food culture from around the world. A place where food becomes a way to understand the dynamics and contradictions of our contemporary age
Carlo Petrini, Director of the event and founder of the Slow Food Movement, has greeted the visitors highlighting the delicate period we are living.
“We have to give back value to food. Food is not a commodity” and education and information are the keys, he says.
“We have to bring food education back to the center. Less quantity, more quality.” We cannot afford to keep growing, producing and wasting without limits. We have to restart thinking our production models from more fair basis for everyone.
“Young people have a right to land.” And “The future is in the hands of farmers” he concludes. Continue reading “FOOD AND PLACES: BECAUSE THERE COULD BE NO FOOD WITHOUT THE PLACES IT COMES FROM. CHESTNUTS SOUP”→