Bord Bia comes to town
During a break in Terra Madre I took a couple of friends from Vanuatu for a tour around Salone del Gusto. I was pleasantly surprised to come across a busy stall manned by Bord Bia. It was an even more pleasurable surprise to sample the delicious mixed plate of smoked salmon, breads, cheeses and lamb they threw at us. It really was up there among the best of what was on offer in the Salone. I think the constant swarm of people around the counter was testament to that. It was a great meeting place (there was also some great boutique beers and stouts on offer!) and my wantoks were very impressed. There was also an excellent Irish cheese stall next door. I couldn’t help but notice though that a number of other country stalls had taken the opportunity to highlight and showcase national heritage breeds and plant varieties. A few had promotional posters and materials from national agrobiodiversity NGOs on display highlighting the breeds and varieties they help conserve. Might be something that Bord Bia could tap into next time. Likewise, I am sure there are plenty of options for organisations such as Genetic Heritage Ireland, Irish Seeds Savers and local farmers and producers to tap into the Slow Food Presidia approach to promoting local breeds and varieties. Staying in Melanesia, here is an example for taro and yams from next door to Vanuatu, New Caledonia (although the photo does not include taro, the actual leaflet does).