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All (culinary) roads lead to Indi

Posted July 23, 2013

 

If a community is going to look outwards for inspiration in food, cooking and produce, they can surely do no better than to look to Italy. This has certainly been the case for Murrindindi, Indi’s frontrunner in the ‘slow food’ movement. Cathy headed over to the region earlier this week to find out more about this growing industry.

Indi’s Yea is one of only three recognised cittaslows in Australia – essentially a ‘slow food’ town in the style of Italy. For those not in the know, the slow food movement is all about using local food and produce and making time to enjoy eating with family and friends. As Cathy found out, there’s no better way to understand the movement than to actually go to a Cittaslow town and do some quality eating and socialising! In addition to the obvious social benefits, Cittaslow benefits the environment, economy, tourism and local culture of a town. After sitting down to chat with some Yea locals, it was clear to Cathy that these sorts of initiatives lend themselves well to many of Indi’s towns and producers. Click here to find out more about Yea’s growing slow food tourism.

While in the area, Cathy also attended a briefing of The Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program in King Lake. This community driven initiative builds on the experience of the Alpine Valleys and Loddon Murray Community Leadership.  It’s essentially about encouraging and supporting leadership in local communities; something that Cathy has always been passionate about. The program intends to run the first round of leadership courses in 2014 and Cathy is looking forward to working with the group in bringing their efforts to fruition.