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PROGRAMME FOR 2016 - 2017

Grand Hotel Excelsior,            Valletta, Malta
    OCTOBER 29th  2016 


Slow Food Mediterranean Conference on the Island of Malta


Join us for a day of lectures and workshops on themes close to the Slow Food ethos of promoting good, clean and fair food.

We will have many international guests coming from different parts of Europe and America for a day of discussions and talks on communal subjects such as sustainable fishing, extra virgin olive oil and also how to protect and support both artisanal production and local small producers of typical Mediterranean produce.

The conference is also part of the promotion for our first Slow Food Festival that will take place next June 2017 on the Island of Malta.

Slow Food Mediterranean Conference Programme

The conference will take place on Saturday 29th of October 2016 with the following programme:

  • 9:30 –10:30 am  Guests arrive and registration with welcome tea and coffee

  • 10:30 am Presentation of the conference and introductory talk by Noel Buttigieg

  • 10.45 am 

When Malta talks about food - Noel Buttigieg - Coordinator of Programme For Mediterranean Culinary Culture, University of Malta and Slow Food Malta Leader

Think, Eat, Live Sustainably, a matter of Sustainable Literacy - John Portelli, Slow Food Malta

Slow Food Movement in Sicily - Rosario Gugliotta, Leader of Slow Food Sicilia

Slow Food Movement in Marche - Ugo Pazzi, Leader of Slow Food Marche

Slow Food Movement in England - Shane Holland, Chairman of Slow Food in the UK and leader of Slow Food England

  • 11:30 am Talk given by local Maltese producers     

Xwejni Salt Pans (Leli tal-Melh) – Traditional Sea Salt production

Marsovin Wines – Bernard Muscat - Maltese Wines produced from indigenous Maltese grape varieties

Honey and More  - Jorge Spiteri – Honey and Honeybee products

Wardija Olive Oil – Sam Cremona -  Maltese Olive Oil PRIMO project

Fishing in Malta - JD Farrugia - Fish 4 Tomorrow


  • 12:30 pm Lunch menu presentation by our sponsor Tasting Sicily with cookery demo by Sicilian Celebrity Chef Enzo Oliveri (scroll down to read the full menu)

  • 1:00 pm Lunch break

  • 2:30 pm Workshop on sustainable fishing

Sustainable fishing in Malta - JD Farrugia - Fish 4 Tomorrow

Presidi dell'Alaccia Salata di Lampedusa e Masculina da Magghia - Rosario Gugliotta, Slow Food Sicilia

Colchester Native Oyster Presidia- Dermott Sales, Slow Food Anglia

Presidio del Mosciolo Selvatico di Portonovo - Ugo Pazzi, Slow Food Marche

  • 3:30 pm Workshop on Extra virgin olive oil 

 Talk and tastings with Carmelo Maiorca, Slow Food Sicilia, Editor of the Slow Food Italian guide of Extra Virgin Olive oil

 Olive oil on tasting

 2 varieties of Tonda d'Iblea
 1 variety of Nocellara dell'Etnea
 1 variety of Nocellara del Belice

 Talk and tastings with Sam Cremona, Wardija Olive Oil, Maltese Olive Oil PRIMO project

 Olive oil on tasting





  • 4:30 pm Final lecture on olive oil production within the Mediterranean area - Carmelo Maiorca, Slow Food Sicilia and Sam Cremona, Maltese Olive Oil PRIMO project

  • 5:00 pm Closing thank you given by the organisers followed by drinks.


by Tasting Sicily and Chef Enzo Oliveri

Mix of Bruschette with bread made by using Timilia, an old quality of Sicilian wheat

Busiate pasta with caponata

Busiate pasta with cheek lard from Maiale Nero del Nebrodi (Slow Food Presidia) and Pistacchio di Bronte (Slow Food Presidia)


Caponata of Lampuki with prawns, Sesamo d'Ispica (Slow Food Presidia) and Black Bee honey (Slow Food Presidia)

Pastizzi alla Siculmaltese with ricotta and Pistacchio di Bronte cream, topped with Pistacchio di Bronte crumbles and Black Bee honey

Apple rings with  Fragole di Ribera jam (Slow Food Presidia)

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