"Take time to discover a program of produce, pleasure and provocation." A lovely little piece of prose. (And if the upcoming festival is as well thought through as their website, you'll be in for a treat. Simple, informative, free of fluff and blessedly bereft of Flash graphics. And they even tell you which links are PDFs and what they weigh. Bliss. But we digress—back to business.) A Taste of Slow is apparently the largest Slow Food event to be held outside of Italy. Attendees can look forward to a fortnight focusing on seasonal, regional and traditional foods and boutique wineries, with accompanying classes, tastings, tutorials, discussions, demonstrations and debates. What else do you need to know? Ah, yes, dates: 28 August to 10 September 2006 in Victoria, Australia. And in case you've missed the fuss, here's the good olive oil on Slow Food. "Founded in Italy in 1986 by Carlo Petrini as a response to the negative impact of multinational food industries, Slow Food is often described as the opposite to fast food.Â But it's more than that.Â It's about using local seasonal produce, restoring time-honoured methods of production and preparation, and sharing food at communal tables.Â Slow Food encourages environmentally sustainable production, ethical treatment of animals and social justice." ::A Taste of Slow, via tip from Lloyd.