September News and Events for the Slow Food Youth Network Scotland...
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Hope you are all enjoying the summer! We're sending our monthly update a bit earlier than usual as there are lots of new updates and a few looming deadlines for events and workshops you may be interested in...

2050 Climate Group: Food & Drink Study Day 

When: Sat 3rd September, 10am - 5pm
Where: Dovecot Studios, 
10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT

Want to learn more about how food&drink impacts #climatechange? The 2050 Climate Group Young Leader’s Programme next study day focuses on food and drink and is open to the public! 

We’ll be contributing to their programme on the day, and it will be great to see you there! Please register on their Eventbrite page.

“Food and drink, and everything that goes into making, moving, storing, selling, cooking and disposing of it is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions from what we buy. In this module, you will learn about the sustainability challenges of our current food and drink system. Through inspiring plenaries and interactive sessions, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to start leading the change for a sustainable food system through your personal actions while inspiring your personal and professional networks. “

After the event at 17:30, they will be hosting a dinner with The Real Junk Food Project whose aim is raise awareness of the issue of food waste, help people to eat and cook better and instigate change towards a more sustainable, efficient and just food system. This portion of the evening is open to everyone, but it is up to you to pay for your meal on a pay as you feel basis. The dinner will be BYOB.

Let's Eat Glasgow

When: Sat 3rd and Sunday 4th September

Where: SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, G3 8QG

Let’s Eat Glasgow is back! The Real Food, Real Folk co-operative of top city chefs will bring, what is believed to be, the UK’s first major food and drink festival with a deeper social purpose at heart back this September.

The festival, which is free to enter, will take visitors on a journey from field to fork, with attractions including restaurants, food and drink pop-up market, livestock display, cookery demos with chefs and celebs and live music. Advance purchase of restaurant food vouchers recommended:

Slow Food Glasgow will have  a stand with a packed programme, and we hope you'll come along. You can see their event programme in the pictures above. We're delighted to see Lisa from Dear Green Coffee Roasters and Bryce rom Mossgiel Farm back to back on the programme for Saturday, so if you weren't able to join our 'Coffee Loves Milk' event this is a great opportunity meet them and hear about their work! 

Slow Food Glasgow also needs your help:
if you think you can help out on the stand - even for just an hour, please volunteer via this survey monkey link! 

SFYN Tank at Terra Madre, Turin

Heading to Turin for Terra Madre this September? Join a free, full day social-design workshop on 9 food issues with some of the most engaging people in grassroots food work and creativity, organised by SFYN International. 

Innovate solutions to social food problems! With the input of creatives–including interaction and product designers–alongside grassroots, gastronomic experts within the Slow Food Youth Network, you can impact future food initiatives! SFYN Tank is an experimental event aimed at squaring open-exchange of expertise at the centre of food activism. Aimed at anyone in grassroots food work or creative sectors, we hope to engage food enthusiasts in collective problem-solving through design-thinking. Come attend our full day social-design workshop on September 24th, 2016 to employ a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses research, storytelling, idea-generation, and prototyping with a critical design eye to solve nine social problems our food system faces–from shifting our idea of seafood consumption to democratising food communication. Through open-exchange of expertise, out-of-the-box thinking, and a design approach, we truly can make meaningful impact on our global food system.

Find out more about the individual workshops  and apply for a place on the sfyntank website. Places are strictly limited so everyone who wishes to attend must apply individually.  

Like the other editions of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, there will also be a SFYN conference on September 24th  dedicated to SFYN with all the youth delegates present in Torino. It's a chance to get to know the new members that have recently joined from around the world and to have a look at what's been happening a year after, "Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed The Planet".

If you are in travelling to Turin for Terra Madre and wish to kept up to date with any other SFYN meet-ups or regional Scottish/UK meetings please email It'd be great to know of everyone  who will be attending from Scotland!

SFYN Eat In:Leith!

We escaped the madness of the fringe in Edinburgh’s town centre on Thursday and headed down to Leith for our pop-up, public ‘Eat In’ on Leith Community Croft.

We had no idea who would join us; the event seemed to have a lot of interest on Facebook, however people are notoriously busy or exhausted during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so were delighted that we had a good turnout and were also joined by locals and families that use the community croft! We were delighted to have visitors from Craigmillar Community Garden and a group who had come far and wide from all over Scotland in order to attend Nourish’s food democracy course. We also got to catch up with Charlie from The Real Junk Food Project who are feeding bellies not bins by holding pop ups in the nearby  Ostara Cafe over the festival!

It was a real pleasure sharing homemade food and inspiring conversations with friends old and new. We hope we can return next year to see the growth of the Leith Community Croft as a hub of the Leith community, and possibly eat some food grown on the croft by some members of our network ,who are hoping to get a plot there soon!

A big thank you to everyone who came and brought food, helped set up and those who helped with the washing and clearing up! See our photos and please do add yours to our Eat In photo album on Facebook.

SFYN Scotland at Edinburgh Fresher’s Fair

We’ll be at Edinburgh University’s 2016 Freshers’ Food Festival at Potterow this September 16th from 1pm – 4pm. If you’re attending pop by and say hello!

The purpose of the festival is to showcase the best of local, healthy and ethical food and drink available around Edinburgh. The afternoon will include stalls from local businesses, social enterprises and student groups that take pride in responsible sourcing, reducing food waste, giving back to the community and promoting healthy food. The event will also include cooking demonstrations from the University and EUSA’s head chefs.

Why are sweet things so delicious?

We're also busy planning our next #whatthefood event which will take place in Edinburgh in September and will focus on sugar. Sugar has been branded as the new biggest evil by nutritionists. But is it really our fault if we love it? Guided by Dr Lois White, we'll learn about biology, history, tasting preferences, nutrition and the new sugar tax. Interesting tastes will be provided! Keep an eye on our facebook page for confirmation of the date and venue!

Take One Action Film Festival

Our friends at Take One Action have launched their Film Festival 2016 programme!

Join them in Edinburgh & Glasgow from the 14th to 25th of September for 12 days of inspiring films and captivating conversations. This year’s programme features more than 40 films from 20 countries, over 50% of which have been directed or co-directed by women. It shines a light on a diversity of experiences that are testament to the role we can all play in shaping our world for the better. Come and meet the everyday heroes – the whistleblowers, farmers, lawyers, teachers, heathcare workers, artists, child refugees, feminist activists, journalists, environmental campaigners… who are pushing for change. 
Films we think which would be of particular interest to SFYN for their discussion of food issues include Tomorrow, 10 Billion:What's on your plate?, All the Time in the World, and The Olive Tree Click here to see their full programme of screenings, events and discussions.
What is the Slow Food Youth Network?

The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is an international network of young people who bring about changes in the field of food production and consumption. It was founded by a number of enthusiastic and motivated young people with a passion for good, clean and fair food, and with an interest in sustainability issues.

We are the world's future leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and consumers. The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) was founded to make youth familiar with Slow Food's philosophy that says that all food should be Good, Clean and Fair. This means that food should be prepared with care and respect, grown as sustainable as possible and that the farmers and producers should get a fair wage.

SFYN raises awareness among young citizens and consumers to encourage and mobilize them in making responsible choices. It wants them to take part in the public debate about current issues, such as how to feed the world, what to do about food waste, and how to produce food as sustainable as possible.

Slow Food Youth Network Scotland's Eat In at the Royal Mile, where we invited passers by to join and discuss what food meant to them.
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