Nether Robertland Pupils Meet Slow Food Founder

by Food for Life Scotland

Ten pupils from Nether Robertland Primary School, a Food for Life Pathfinder school in Stewarton, East Ayrshire, had the opportunity to meet Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement, in late February. Pupils first learned what 'slow food' means, where oats come from, how to make oatcakes, and the history of Dunlop cheese. They also learned a traditional Scottish dance and tasted crowdie and Dunlop cheese from Dunlop Dairy. 

The following week, the pupils visited Dunlop Dairy where they met Carlo Petrini and members of the Slow Food community in West Scotland. They told Mr Petrini about the food activities in their school, recited two Scottish poems, performed the dance they learned, and sang Auld Lang Syne. Mr Petrini remarked that, upon his return to Italy, he would tell people that children in Scotland are the best and brightest, because they grow their own vegetables, cook their own food, and even know how to dance very well! 

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