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Ark of Taste: Children’s Gardening Workshop

March 30th, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
Members of the Slow Food Ark of Taste Committee will be hosting a children’s planting activity on the following dates. Visit our booth while doing your shopping and we’ll teach your kids how to make easy biodegradable planting pots from newspapers, how to plant seeds, and how to grow their own vegetable plants. We’ll be planting beans and lettuces and each kid will go home with their own decorated pot with a planted seed from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste list.
The Ark of Taste is a living catalogue of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates. Learn more about the Ark of Taste here.

Ijams Plant Sale, April 26, 9am-2pm

Earth Fare Turkey Creek Family Dinner Night, May 1, 4-8pm

Market Square Farmers Market on May 24 and June 21, 9am-2pm

Now taking application for board members and leadership team volunteers

January 29th, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Interested in promoting good, clean, and fair food in East Tennessee? Join the Slow Food Tennessee Valley Board of Directors! SFTV is currently accepting applications for Board and volunteer positions for 2014. This is a great opportunity to learn more about issues related to food on a local, national and international scale, network with other community members interested in food, develop and strengthen skills that can help you personally and professionally, try something new, make a difference in our community, and work with a great group of volunteers dedicated to supporting local growers, encouraging sustainable practices and preserving artisanal methods. Email if you have questions or would like to apply.

3rd Annual Pie Contest – the results are in!

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

We had a great time last night. Thanks to everyone who came to eat pie with us; we raised over $300 for the Center for Urban Agriculture! Special thanks to Cruze Farm for the ice cream, Old City Java for the coffee, Aud Pottery Studio for the pie plate that went to the “audience favorite” winner, and Mary Constantine for donating the cookbooks that went to the winners of the “sweet” and “savory” categories.

We hope to see all of you next year at the 4th Annual Pie Contest!

Third Annual Pie Contest!

November 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (147 Comments)

Slow Food Tennessee Valley is excited to announce our third annual pie contest! The pie tasting and bakeoff takes place Sunday, November 10th from 5-7pm. This year’s event will be held at the Knoxville Botanical Garden located 5 minutes from downtown at 2743 Wimpole Avenue Knoxville, TN 37914.
All proceeds will benefit the Center for Urban Agriculture.

Entrance is a pie or $7 to eat pie.
To qualify for the contest, all pies MUST be homemade with at least one local ingredient.
Pies will be judged based on external characteristics (shape, surface), internal characteristics (texture, crust) and flavor.

Pie categories are best sweet, best savory and audience favorite. Winners will take home lovely prizes from our favorite local businesses. Judges are last year’s winners!

Remember: We strive for zero waste events. Please bring your own place setting (plate, utensils and drinking glass/mug).

Pesto Festo Menu Announced; online tickets sold out!

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (8 Comments)

1174698_625393704158202_1674197393_nOnline Pesto Festo tickets are sold out! We will have a VERY limited number of tickets available at the Market Square Farmers’ Market in Knoxville on Saturday. First come, first serve. Market opens at 9 a.m. Sorry, we can’t hold tickets for anyone. Look for the Slow Food booth.

Chef Ben Willis-Becker has announced our menu. First, we’ll have an array of pestos on the table using different kinds of basil from our host, Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm, and everyone’s local favorite, The Tomato Head. We’ll also have a homemade white bean and garlic spread. Rolls from VG’s bakery of course!

Next, a fun flair on an old classic- Panzanella caprese salad. I wonder how many different kinds of locally-grown tomatoes we can fit on one plate? Homemade foccacia bread anyone?

After that, we’ll be keeping with the Pesto Festo Italian theme by serving a helping of Ribollita- a Tuscan bean soup.

Followed by an eggplant, corn and tomato salad with creamy pesto polenta and braised pork. All three will be served separately so no worries if you’re a vegetarian or if you don’t like your food to touch (we understand).

And finally, if you saved some room for dessert, we’ll have basil panna cotta, peaches, and pecan brittle.

Don’t forget to pick up some Cruze Farm Ice Cream throughout the day (at Pesto Festo, you can have your ice cream before your dinner) and a cup of coffee from Old City Java for the drive home.

Pesto Festo Updates

August 13th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (13 Comments)

Slow Food Tennessee Valley is proud to announce our sixth annual Pesto Festo. This year’s event will be held at Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm and will feature a multiple-course, locally-sourced meal by chef Ben Willis-Becker, formerly of Harry’s Delicatessen, currently of Native Foods!

Activities include a silent auction with great items from local businesses, chair massage, farm tour, kids activities, cornhole, a pesto contest, and live music.

Cruze Farm, Old City Java, and Underground Brewing Company will be giving out samples. Local bluegrass band Check Engine will be providing our live music.

Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner being served at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $45 for Slow Food members, $50 for non-members, $10 for children 5-12, and children under 5 get in free.

We strive to limit the waste at all of our events. Please bring your own place setting. This is also a BYOB event. Please bring your own beverage.

If you are bringing a pesto to be entered into the contest, please bring at least one pint.

Our 6th annual Pesto Festo is right around the corner

July 29th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (11 Comments)
582600_437477969616444_2143747569_nSlow Food Tennessee Valley’s 6th Annual Pesto Festo at Erin’s Meadow Herb Garden in Clinton, TN.  An herb inspired dinner will be served by Chef Ben Willis. The event goes from 4-9pm on Saturday, September 7.  Dinner is served at 6pm.  We will have farm tours, chair massage, yoga, corn hole, a bluegrass band, kids activities and more.

Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members.  Buy tickets at area farmers markets in August or

Contact us at or 865-322-9395


Plant and Plate at Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm

June 24th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (77 Comments)

Another weekend, another fabulous event for SlowFood Tennessee Valley! Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm hosted a Plant and Plate Event that included an instructional class on edible and medicinal herbs, a garden and greenhouse tour and a cooking demo with an herbal lunch and cocktail.


The Lavender Festival in Oak Ridge was a great event!

June 17th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (11 Comments)

The Lavender Festival, in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Farmers Market, was a great event this year. Slow Food members handed out samples of lemon blueberry pound cake with a lavender glaze and demonstrated how to make a lavender spritzer. We found lots of interest in sharing our good, clean and fair ideas with the people of Oak Ridge and had some fun doing it.


Slow Food USAs National Congress in New Orleans

May 28th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (14 Comments)

Slow Food Tennessee Valley was proud to send a delegate to this year’s National Congress in New Orleans from May 16-19. The information was great, the workshops informative, the food fantastic, and the camaraderie unforgettable. Pictures are worth 1,000 words, so…

Crescent City Farmers Markey

Crescent City Farmers Market

The whole group at Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard

The whole group at Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard