By Grace Evans, Slow Food Toronto Youth Delegate
For five days at Terra Madre, we’re talking about food all of the time; how to protect it, promote the good stuff, prevent the bad stuff, how to help people get it. We’re also eating it.
I ate a lot that week. We all did. Here are six things I ate that I am still thinking about:
1. Side-of-the-road sandwich
Maybe not what you were expecting for the first entry? Well it was amazing. As the Canadian delegates sat on the bus parked at the Opening Ceremonies before heading to our hotel in Rivalto, many of us were hungry. Some of us had been traveling for hours. Jetlagged and ravenous, we were crushed when the promised packed lunch from Slow Food did not materialize. With people’s temperaments struggling against their growling stomachs and unforgiving jetlag, there were some sad, tense moments on that bus. Until a few beautiful things happened.
Lisa, from Edmonton, wandered up and down the aisles offering people bread and olives that she had. She and Sara (Vancouver) attempted to communicate with the Italian bus driver to ask him to stop someplace for food enroute to the hotel. He agreed and brought us to a florescent-lit sandwich stand beside a gas station. Rosie (Toronto) used her Italian to help tired people order and the two lovely, patient employees at the sandwich stand sold us whole bottles of wine and big, hot, filling sandwiches with meat, cheese, sautéed peppers and onions. The experience turned a busload of cranky strangers into a laughing, roadside dinner party.