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The Slow Meat mantra is 'eat better meat, less'. This event is for supporters, enablers, and enactors of the Slow Meat philosophy to discuss and debate all things around the ethical and ecologically-sound production and consumption of meat. Farmers, butchers, chefs, restaurateurs, retailers, administrators, and anyone interested in how animals are raised for meat will come together at Slow Meat Australia.

The Slow Meat Symposium will be held in Daylesford 3-5 September 2017, with farm visits, butchery and cooking demos, feasts, and of course stimulating plenaries, and debates around how to progress the slow meat and food sovereignty agenda in Australia and globally.

SBS Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans, author of nine books on food, will present his vision for a slow meat future at the Symposium.

Paul West of River Cottage Australia will MC Monday's activities, and discussions around the ethics & ecological impact of the production, processing, and sourcing and cooking of meat will be led by local regenerative livestock farmer and butcher Tammi Jonas of Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths, butcher & purveyor of ethically-raised meats Grant Hilliard of Sydney’s acclaimed butcher’s shop Feather & Bone, and renowned chef and raconteur Matt Wilkinson of Pope Joan.

The 2017 Slow Meat Symposium is a collaboration between Slow Food Central Highlands and the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.


The event includes two days (with an optional third day for those interested in building and operating small-scale local abattoirs): 

Sunday ($65) - On the Sunday we'll enjoy a day of informative and delicious farm visits to local farms Jonai Farms & Milking Yard Farm to see what animals raised properly behave like on the paddocks, learn a bit of butchery, and how to cook nose to tail, and enjoy a shared meal with the farmers, the butchers, and the chefs. Sunday commences at 8:45am - meet the bus at Daylesford Secondary College and it will take you to Jonai Farms. The bus will take us to Milking Yard in the afternoon and return to Daylesford by 5:30pm. Dinner is available at Belvedere social for an additional $45 from 7pm. 

Monday ($160) - On Monday at 9am we'll convene at Daylesford Town Hall for a morning of working collectively through the wicked problems of production, processing, and cooking slow meat. Punctuated with an educational slow meat lunch with local chefs & producers sharing their knowledge about impact of breed, feed, age, aging, and cooking, we'll then reconvene for demos on butchery of unusual cuts, cooking with offal, and curing meat. Matthew Evans will bring it all back together with a vision for slow meat in Australia and a Slow Meat Manifesto we'll have developed together over the course of the day. Dinner will be in keeping with the Slow Meat mantra of 'eat better meat, less' - a vegetable-based fifth-quarter feast! 

Tuesday ($150) For those around Australia working or wishing to build small-scale abattoirs, we're bringing in Amanda Carter of small-scale poultry abattoir Foothills Pilot Plant in North Carolina for a special day of building and operating your own abattoir on Tuesday. The day will be hosted at Spade to Blade from 9:30am to 3:00pm.



Sunday: Jonai Farms - 129 Morgantis Rd, Eganstown VIC & Milking Yard Farm - 79 Chanters Ln Trentham East VIC

Monday: Daylesford Town Hall - 74 Vincent St, Daylesford, VIC 3460

Tuesday: Spade to Blade - 21A Raglan St Daylesford

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