Goolwa hosts international delegates for 2017 Cittaslow General Assembly

CITTASLOW: Margaret Gardner is president of Cittaslow Goolwa, which is located at the corner of Cadell Street and Goolwa Terrace. She holds an award presented to Goolwa at the 2014 Cittaslow international assemble.
CITTASLOW: Margaret Gardner is president of Cittaslow Goolwa, which is located at the corner of Cadell Street and Goolwa Terrace. She holds an award presented to Goolwa at the 2014 Cittaslow international assemble.

REGION – Goolwa will host more than 100 representatives from around the globe for the 10th International Cittaslow General Assembly.

Cittaslow is a movement that began in Italy in 1999 inspired by the philosophy of the ‘slow food movement’.

Cittaslow recognises the importance of traditions, food, art, language, music and the contributions of indigenous people to towns in the member networks.

Goolwa is the only Cittaslow Town in South Australia, and will be the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to host a general assembly.

Representatives from Cittaslow towns in Iceland, South Korea, Poland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Taiwan, USA, China and Italy will take part in a series of experiences, workshops and conference sessions in and around Goolwa from May 9 to 12.  

The assembly provides not only an opportunity to exchange ideas and network with representatives from Cittaslow towns from around the world but also the chance to increase awareness of Goolwa and the Alexandrina region on an international stage.

The International Assembly will be opened by a traditional Welcome to Country from the Ngarrindjeri people, the traditional owners of the lower River Murray, eastern Fleurieu Peninsula, and the Coorong.

Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes will host a mayoral reception for the Cittaslow International Assembly delegates on Wednesday, May 10. The reception will be attended by South Australian governor Hieu Van Le AC.

“Goolwa is a vibrant Cittaslow town – we promote the sustainable use of excellent local produce, offer unique tourism opportunities and support our thriving local economy,” Mr Parkes said.

“We are counting down the days until we welcome Cittaslow delegates from all around the world to Goolwa and the wider Alexandrina region. It is a great opportunity to showcase what makes our area so unique.”

Events open to the public include: Smoking Ceremony, Wednesday, May 10, 10am-10.30am, Cittaslow Park.

Signal Point expo, Thursday, May 11, 9.30am to 2pm. Learn about unique local producers and products.

Dinner at Fleurieu Function Centre, Friday, May 12, 7pm-10pm, $70 non-members. Bookings 8555 5801.