I acknowledge the Slow Food movement and its activities in the Blue Mountains, inspired by the vibrant and energetic Anne Elliott.
Slow Food Blue Mountains has been flourishing since 2006 under the guidance of Anne. She lives and breathes the Slow Food refrain: "Change the menu; change the world."
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic, member-supported organisation that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life.
A few of the excellent events and initiatives across the Blue Mountains include the Wines of the West festival, Sunday Long Lunch, precinct food walks, food talks, the Summer Harvest Festival, the Blue Mountains Pianola Revival Society potluck suppers, the Blue Mountains Slow Fashion Guide, the Slow Food Consumer Shopping Guide and A Kitchen Garden in Every Home.
I acknowledge that Cittaslow communities provide and emphasise the infrastructure that allows Slow Food to flourish.
Congratulations to all who are involved in promoting this colourful, healthy and life-giving movement.