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May 1, 2019


“It’s happening simultaneously around the world,” says Chef Jam Melchor, Head of Slow Food Youth Network Philippines (SFYN). The young chef meant World Disco Soup Day, an annual gathering of youth who believe that instead of “filling bins (garbage), we fill bellies.”

Food waste is the enemy of today’s producers and consumers. Consumers pay higher prices because producers have to price their produce to cover costs of ugly vegetables, slightly damaged leaves and stems, which consumers refuse to buy or are thrown into the garbage bin.

Why the rock band and lots of young kids? “We want to make it fun. Cooking and eating good food must be fun for all—the volunteers, the curious elementary kids shuttled from Pasay, and the organizers,” continues Melchor.

About 35 children, parents, and teachers from Maricaban Elementary School and Corazon Aquino High School in Pasay joined the festivities hosted by St. Scholastica’s College Manila.

The other guests were members of Slow Food Manila who came to support the younger Slow Food group headed by now President Harold Bueno. I defined what Slow Food means, to which the students echoed “Good, Clean, and Fair,” before they ate the food prepared by volunteer chefs like Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco of Gourmet Gypsy Café.

Though the kids found “heirloom red rice” a bit strange, and malunggay pesto soup having a different flavor, they still lined up to try these creations made with donated vegetables from various farms and Slow Food friends’ network.

Banana bread and a gelatin dessert were sweeter treats for the children. With the band playing adding to the festive atmosphere, these children were in for a treat that capped their long day of learning about sustainability.

Earlier in the day, Balangay’s Best, RARE, and Chef Datu Shariff Pendatun taught the children about Sustainable Fish, while Carlo Sumaoang of MNL Grow Kits (Sow and Gro) did a demo on growing your own food with his plant kits.

The whole day was about learning by eating. This is how the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) Philippines hopes to empower the youth and the farmers and consumers of the future.

Check out the Facebook pages of the Slow Food Youth Network and see the celebrations around the world.



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