Find current and future Slow Food events below and an archive of past events here.  Non Slow Food events and announcements are on the Announcements page, and reference information can be found on the Links page.  

Event fees cover the cost of the event and provide support for our programs, such as Farmers Market cooking demonstrations. In 2010, we sponsored delegates to the international Slow Food event, Terra Madre in Torino, Italy.

August 6, 2015: Potluck and Local Farms Discussion

What happens if we keep losing local farmland? What can we do to preserve farmland? Bring a locally source potluck item to share and find out.

When: Thursday August 6 at 5:30 pm- 8pm
Where: Address provided upon registration (located near Olympia High School)
What: Emily Ray, and Loretta Seppanen are hosting a potluck in Loretta’s backyard to share a meal we all source from local farms (or our own gardens) and to learn more about efforts to keep farming viable in our county, with a focus on farmland preservation and the role of the South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust.

No Charge, limited spaces available.

How to sign up: Loretta Seppanen at 360 786-9775 or

August 16, 2015: Potluck, Story, and Ark of Taste Tasting

We are joining with Fertile Ground for a potluck party!  Note that this was planned as a pizza party but a family emergency required a change to the menu.

When: Sunday August 16, 5 to 7:30 pm

Where: The Commons at Fertile Ground – Corner of 9th & Adams in downtown Olympia

What: Celebrate heritage produce in danger of disappearing if we don’t learn about them, and enjoy growing and eating at the Ark of Taste Garden at Fertile Ground. Bring a potluck item to share plus your own dishware, glassware, napkin and refreshments. We ask you to bring a dish that tells a story or has been passed down generationally. This event is part of the Village Building Convergence – Great Places Happen series of events.

Cost: No cost, but bring your potluck dish and your story to share. Bring your own water bottle.

No RSVP needed.

Would you like to help at this event? Contact Loretta Seppanen at

August 22, 2015: Farm Dinner at Colvin Ranch

When: Saturday, August 22nd at 4:00 pm
What: This is our fourth exciting year with the Colvins as our hosts for this yearly Slow Food of Greater Olympia fundraiser, and we can’t wait for yet another mouth-watering feast!

The evening begins with locally-sourced drinks, raw oysters from South Sound Clams, and a hayride tour of the historic Colvin Ranch ranch. You’ll learn about the ranch and their sustainably-raised, grass-fed beef. The ranch is beautiful, the hosts are generous and the cattle are magnificent.

The dinner that follows is a breathtaking five courses of Colvin beef and local vegetables prepared by Chefs Will Taylor of Waterstreet Cafe and Treacy Kreger of St. Andrew’s House. A decadent half-baked chocolate mint cheesecake made by Stephen Cobb (of Cobb’s Peanut Butter Cups) will finish the feast. This dairy- and grain-free treat alone (or with vanilla ice cream) is worth the ticket price.

Please let us know if you have any dietary concerns, and we would be happy to accommodate you.

Cost: $75 for Slow Food members and students; $85 for non-members.

To purchase tickets:  by cash or check, contact Emily Dunn-Wilder at (206) 491-3680 or email Buy tickets online here:

July and August 2015: Ark of Taste Garden

What: Board member Celeste Wade asked the folks at the Commons to set aside an educational garden space for Slow Food. Ark of Taste foods are being grown–great tasting foods we need to grow and eat to assure that the seeds/roots will last into the future.

Celeste is looking for helpers with this garden, someone to do educational signage, as well as a coordinator to keep the volunteers working together. With the very warm early summer, watering and checking for aphids are the key tasks.

Where: Ark of Taste Garden at the Commons at Fertile Ground, near the sidewalk in this quarter of a block in downtown Olympia right behind the library (Corner of 9th & Adams)

When: If you can give a hand with the tasks, stop in at 9:30 am on Thursday mornings during July and early August.

You’ll also have the opportunity to taste “podded radishes” and check out which heritage tomatoes ripen earliest. Stop in the garden evenings and weekends to check out the signage describing our plants; tasty vegetables in danger of extinction unless we start growing them ourselves or asking for them at the market. This is a great way to learn more about growing produce and to share your passion for growing food locally.

To help:  Contact Celeste at 360-515-5018; via email at,  or via her website:

September 29, 2015: Canning the Bounty Together

Facilitators: GRuB & Greater Olympia Slow Food

Where:   Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB)
2016 Elliott Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502

When: Tuesday, September 29th from 5:30-7:30PM

Come join Olympia Slow Food & Kitchen Garden Project Staff in the GRuB kitchen to share and learn about the wonders of preserving your harvest as you do your canning alongside others. We will use the hot water bath canning method as we preserve the abundance of fruits and vegetables together brought from your gardens or purchased locally. Come join us in the kitchen! No canning experience necessary.

When you sign up, please indicate if you are experienced, novice or brand new to canning. Please note what you can bring e.g. canner, jars and lids, seasonal fruits, peelers, knives, organic sugar, recipes suitable for hot water bath processing and produce. Participants will share the cost of these items.

*Free for GRuB program participants, $10 for Slow Food members & $15 for general public.

Register at Brown Paper Tickets –

Summer 2015: Olympia Slow Food Market Days

Join Greater Olympia Slow Food board members Christine Ciancetta and Treacy Kreger at the Downtown Olympia Farmer’s Market this summer for our Annual Market Demos on Sundays!

If you would like to sign up to be a Slow Food Ambassador and help promote good, clean, fair food for all, please let us know your availability by filling out this form.
Slow Food Greater Olympia has hired a new intern for the summer. Welcome to the team, Rita Stevens!

Rita is an author of a food blog, served as an intern at Pigman’s Farm this past spring and will continue to work there throughout the summer in addition to serving in her new Slow Food role.

From Rita: “I can’t wait to start cooking!”