Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.

Slow Food Auckland, formerly Slow Food Waitakere, is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Here's how to EAT Local this week!

Climate Change is the greatest crisis facing our planet.

Everyone, starting with the food they eat daily can do something for the future of our planet.

EAT Local this week - it's as easy as 1,2,3!

1. Choose 3 local seasonal products

2. Cook them

3. Post photos to our Facebook page

Remember to tag them  #SlowFoodAuckland #EatLocal  #MenuForChange

Take a look at some delicious #EatLocal offerings

Parnell Farmers Market

Avondale Market

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Join the Menu for Change Eat Local Challenge

Menu for Change EAT Local is live!

Sign up for the challenge at

It is as easy as committing to eat two locally sourced meals a week for the next three weeks.

Share your challenge and you could win a trip to Terra Madre Salon Gusto 2018.

Our launch at the Parnell Farmers Market on Saturday was a lot of fun and a great way for our members and supporters to get together and share with our wider community. 

#SlowFoodAuckland #EatLocal #MenuForChange

Sunday, October 8, 2017

EAT LOCAL Event - Parnell Farmers Market October 14th 2017

Join our launch on October 14th at the Parnell Farmers Market - and be in to win some great prizes.
Check out "Theatre of Life" on Netflix and our Spring Events Menu for inspiration.

We are honored to have been a part of the Festival Italiano again this year. We laughed and cried over the film, 'Theatre of Life", then we chatted with the special foodie audience and shared out the gorgeous goodie bags. (A big shout out to our fabulous volunteers on the day!) 
We say arrivederci until next year - Andrea 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Menu for Change - Festival Italiano October 1

We are getting excited now! Only two days until Festival Italiano!

Slow Food Auckland will be found on the top floor of the Rialto complex outside the Rialto cinema. Come and visit us. We are supporting the invitation only screening of the astonishingly moving film "Theatre of Life" - check out the trailer:

We will also be kicking off the Menu for Change EAT Local Challenge.
You can be in to win a great prize by coming and talking to us on the day; we look forward to meeting you there.
Vedi tutti presto!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Colazione Italiana

Join us for a Slow Italian breakfast at Palazzo Italia. 5-7 Kingdon St. Newmarket.

Saturday, September 9th at 10 am.

Come and enjoy an authentic Italian experience including a coffee and selection of pastries and gelato. Chef Matteo will share a little of Palazzo Italias' food story.

 Be quick, limited numbers so this event will sell out quickly!

Members $10 Non-members $20. Bookings essential, email Andrea at

Payments to Slow Food Auckland 12-3034-0088657-00.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Join the New Zealand School of Food and Wine 2017 Celebration

Slow Food Auckland and Friends 

Slow Food Auckland strives to connect with like minded people and organisations - its about changing our food system for the better.
The New Zealand School of Food and Wine and  Festival Italiano do just that  - so we are delighted to invite you to participate in their 2017 events.

With a special offer for Slow Food Members!

Now in it's fourth year, the Wine & Food Celebration brings together practical cookery classes, innovative demonstrationswine tastingmaster classes and 
celebration dinners

Eat fabulous food, try exciting wines, become a guest chef, a food blogger, and experience everything on trend in the world of Food and Wine over three incredible days in August.

$15 workshop discount to Slow Food Members - August 20 & 21.
How - members check your email next week for your discount code.

New members - drop us a line and we will send you the discount code.

Check out the Festival Italiano 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Matariki Midyear Celebration

Slow Food members saw in the Matariki last night with vegetarian feasting, warmth & conviviality. ( and a touch of 🏈).

There was homemade savory seed crackers, fruit pastes, delicious local cheeses:

freshly picked spinach, feta and free range egg pie, a kumara bake, roasted cauli & chickpea tastiness:

and the crowning glory, vegan chocolate mousse desserts accompanied by curd on a homemade cookie. mmm mmm.

Next week planting trees on Motuihe...
...join us & join the fun!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Oratia Beauty, our Ark of Taste New Zealand apple, is ready!!

Slow Food supports biodiversity and heirloom food, and at Slow Food Auckland we are always on the search for such produce! So in line with this philosophy two years ago we successfully registered one of our local apples to the Ark of Taste, the SF catalogue of heirloom and endangered food, pledging our support to the producers and keepers of the last trees so that they will not disappear.

And our apple is: 

Where to buy Oratia Beauty apples

I have just bought my apples from the Dragicevich Orchard, and since the season is short I invite you all to stop by the orchard's shed at 556 West Coast Rd, Oratia, just next to the dairy, on your way home or on your way to the West Coast beaches this weekend!  Oratia apples are only $5 for a big 3kg bag, and they are the first apples of the season too! As a bonus there are still plums at the orchard now, including Luisa, one of my favourite varieties.

What to do with Oratia Beauty apples

Oratia Beauty apples are crispy and a little sour, and perfect for apple pies and cakes, so feel free to share your recipes with Slow Food Auckland and we can upload them on our blog if you like!

This is my recipe, it is very simple yet delicious, and if you slice the apples finely they will almost melt into the cake! Scrumptious!

Oratia Beauty Sliced Apple Cake

This is an incredibly simple and quick recipe that makes an amazing apple cake! 


Rind from 1 lemon, plus the lemon juice
5 Oratia Beauty apples
150 g butter
200 g sugar
4 eggs
250 g self raising flour
Icing sugar to dust (optional)

Peel, core and slice the apples into rings, spray with lemon juice.
Melt the butter and mix with the sugar. 
Add the eggs, flour and lemon rind, then fold in the apple slices. 
Line the bottom of a 20cm round baking tin with baking paper and grease the sides with butter. 
Pour the cake mixture into the tin and bake at 180°C for approximately 45 minutes. 
Wait 5 minutes then reverse on a serving plate. 
Dust with icing sugar. 

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Thank you for supporting our New Zealand heritage produce and small producers!

Slow Honey Harvest - Cancellation

Hi all
Please be advised that the Slow Honey Harvest event on the 18th of February is cancelled and is not a public event. Any queries call Andrea on 0220668875.


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