Slow Food Cycle Sunday
Photo by Dave Steers
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Slow Food Cycle Sunday began over a conversation at the Helmer’s family farm in 2005. The seed of the idea to connect city folk to their food and farmers to the people who buy and eat their food was modest. There was no way of knowing that the event would spawn countless other Slow Food Cycling events around the world, or that the farmers and participants would grow to love this event so much that it would grow each year, becoming almost a festival of farm-to-table food and family cycling. Connecting with Slow Food was an obvious choice, as Anna Helmer was already a member and advocate for the movement.
Summer Day, Slow Cycling, Family Farms... aaaaah!
The event combines a perfect summer day, slow cycling, and family farms to provide a festival that highlights what makes Pemberton an ideal community: We’re just far enough from the bustle of the city, but have what’s important: community, good food, great weather. Experiencing this lifestyle for the day gives families a great excuse to just be together enjoying sunshine, good food and a leisurely bicycle tour through the flat Pemberton Meadows. Musicians play while local chefs prepare food grown on-site. This event is an all-day festival. No need to rush, or feel like you must go to every farm. Just let your belly be your guide as you meander from farm to farm, meeting new people, eating local foods.
This video put together a few years ago gives you a nice nibble of what the Slow Food Cycle Sunday is all about.
Pemberton's Own Moveable Feast
“It’s Pemberton’s own Moveable Feast,” says Lisa Richardson, one of the founding organizers. An truly, this is what has happened. By creating the space for something like this, people involved have taken ownership of the event and expanded it to create something even bigger. It’s also about food sovereignty but “the ride is slow and social, it's like a street party, gorgeous scenery, all kinds of bikes, lots of families, all kinds of fashion from bikini tops to spandex, all kinds of bikes from cruisers to tandems to downhill rigs,” says Lisa.
The 2014 Slow Food Cycle happens on Sunday, August 17th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
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