Australia’s largest Slow Food convivium, Slow Food Noosa, will take the region to the world with the arrival of the “Snail of Approval” recognition program.
The program is designed to inspire producers, chefs, restaurant owners and food outlets to produce, use and promote good, clean and fair practices and ingredients from the local area – and to recognise and highlight the ones who already follow this philosophy.
An Australian-first, the “Snail of Approval” is expected to reach more than one million global Slow Food supporters in more than 160 countries as well as provide a quality assurance guide for residents and visitors on the local leaders.
Slow Food Noosa President Erika Hackett said the program would incorporate farmers, producers, food artisans, chefs, restaurants and food providers from the Sunshine Coast to the Cooloola Coast.
Successful applicants also have the opportunity to be registered on the Slow Food Planet App for free.
“Noosa has long been recognised as a serious food destination and our brand research into our key interstate markets shows food is a stand out part of Noosa’s visitor appeal with sought after experiences ranging from dining, food markets, cooking schools and visiting farm gates, showcasing locally grown and made food, creating authentic Noosa experiences. I encourage Noosa operators to get onboard with the Snail of Approval program which will undoubtedly further enhance Noosa’s appeal as a great food destination”.
Mrs Hackett said they had been pleased with the response to date as it was initially promoted to direct contacts for the first round.
“We have received more than 30 applications from producers to restaurants, chefs and other food service providers,” she said. “The program is an Australian-first and has been based on similar programs operated by other Slow Food groups in Bali and America.”
The criteria for recognition is based on the Slow Food overarching philosophy of good, clean and fair.
In addition to the global recognition through Slow Food’s membership and the Slow Food Planet App, successful applicants will receive a certificate and window sticker or building/farmgate sign to assist locals and visitors to easily recognise those who have the “Snail of Approval”.