Terra Madre 2008: Grist reports from Italy on the slow food scene

Yes, it’s a tough job, etc., etc.

For the next week, starting Wednesday, I’ll be reporting from the ground in Turin, Italy, covering Slow Food’s biennial Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto event.

Food activists and artisans from around the world will be there. It’s my first Terra Madre, so I don’t have a clear idea of what to expect; but I’ll be there in the middle of it, scribbling down what I see, describing what I taste, and snapping photos. Look for lots of blog posts, and let me know in comments what you’d like me to ask of these hard-core slow foodies.

I understand that Turin lies at the center of Piedmont, one of Italy’s (and the world’s) most celebrated wine regions and home to some of its most independent and radical small-scale winemakers (ever heard of Critical Wine?); and that Piedmont is also known for it’s truffles, and it’s truffle season.

For you, dear Grist readers, I will plunge into these stories, and more.