Anything But Snail’s Pace For The Nod Of Approval!

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Deb Caruso discovers there is nothing slow about the pace at which food producers, artisans, chefs and venues are signing up to be recognised as producers of good, clean and fair food as part of the global Slow Food movement and Australia’s first Snail of Approval.

When Slow Food Noosa launched Australia’s first Snail of Approval program in late 2017, it was hoping to find a handful of local food industry leaders that it could shine a light on as leaders of the global Slow Food movement. Entering its third year and there are now almost 70 local businesses and individuals who have been awarded the ‘Snail of Approval’ including farmers, food artisans, chefs, restaurants, and even schoolchildren.

The applications continue to stream in from local producers, food artisans, chefs and venues from Gympie to Maleny who want to be recognised for their approach to the good, clean, fair philosophy of the world’s largest fair food movement.

Run by local volunteers with the support of Slow Food head office in Italy, each applicant is reviewed by the Slow Food Noosa Committee against key criteria before a site visit and interview with the applicant. To date, Slow Food Noosa President, Carolyn Winkler said the program recognised those most passionate about growing, producing and supporting the local food industry in line with the global Slow Food philosophy.

“The Snail of Approval participants are local leaders who have the ability to think globally but act locally,” she said. “We are extremely proud of them for ensuring our philosophy is firmly embedded in their businesses.

“Consumers should look for the Snail of Approval sign at restaurants, farmgates and market stalls to know that they are getting the best possible product and supporting the local leaders of Slow Food philosophy.”

Ms Winkler said the accredited program puts the local region on the global map with the Slow Food network reaching more than one million supporters in 160 countries. A list of recipients and how to apply for recognition can be found at

About the Author /

Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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