DIT students to accelerate Slow Food movement

23rd November 2011: “Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature”, according to Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food International. This year DIT students of Culinary Arts have set up their own Slow Food society called Bia Mall DIT and interest is growing. According to Barry Bryan, Chairperson of Bia Mall DIT, the society aims to bring the ideals of the Slow Food movement to students and lecturers. “We are a student-led society, working closely with real artisan food producers to create activities and events that are fun and educational and that attract participation from other students as well as lecturers, and so far the events we organised have been extremely successful.”

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Bia Mall DIT has organised several events for members this year and has planned many more. Last weekend members participated in Wild and Slow, which took place in Macreddin Village Co. Wicklow, and was billed as ‘Europe’s biggest foraging festival’. The programme for the coming weeks includes teaming up with the ASA Soc and Mental Planners Society – also DIT student societies – to invite the founding member of Cloughjordan's Eco-Village to The Ormond Wine Bar at 7.30 on Tuesday 29th November . He will outline the ideals behind setting up the village and talk about the design of the ecologically friendly home he built for his family. Mike Haslam, architect and leading advocate for Slow Architecture, is giving a talk on his past year's project and recent publication on Slow Architecture. Corleggy Cheeses is an Irish farmhouse making a selection of cheese in County Cavan. Started by Silke Cropp in 1985 using her milk from her own herd of goats, today Corleggy make a variety of different cheese from goat's milk, sheep's milk and cows milk sourced from local farmers. Corleggy Cheeses are award winning and are recognized as a leading Slow Food producer in Ireland and will be served up as an appetizer to the event.  Afterwards, the society will be organising a Christmas Meal Experience to the Mulberry Garden and up-and-coming young Irish director Ivan Poynton will introduce the screening of a culinary themed movie.

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Two members of Bia Mall - Barry Bryan and Darryl Murphy - have been invited to attend a three day training conference in the Netherlands from the 9th-11th of December, courtesy of the Youth Food Movement in the Netherlands with support from the Slow Food Organisation. Barry and Darryl will be representing Ireland's 'youth food movement' there, meeting with other youth movements from all around the world and creating contacts with the intention of working together on events in the future.

If you would like to find out more about Bia Mall DIT, you can contact find their details on facebook at Bia Mall Dit or Twitter @biamalldit.

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