Slow Food Delegates

Delegates at Slow Food Nations participate in a focused all-day summit on Friday, then serve as hosts and speakers during the weekend festival. Over meals and in small group discussions, the delegate summit is an opportunity to meet leaders in the food movement, participate in food swaps and networking events, and shape the future of Slow Food.

We are currently at capacity, but please join the wait list and we will contact you if space opens up.

 Who Can Be a Delegate?

Everyone! Delegates are people committed to changing the food system for the better. Whether you are actively participating in your local food community or just getting started, the delegate experience will help you engage with the global movement for good, clean and fair food for all.

Delegate Summit Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday evening — welcome reception and BigEat

Friday:

    • 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
    • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Morning Welcome
    • 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Opening Plenary
    • 9:45 – 10 a.m. – Break
    • 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Breakout Session
    • 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
    • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Breakout Session
    • 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. – Closing Plenary
    • 3:15 – 3:00 p.m. – Food Swap
    • 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. – SFUSA National Statute Vote for SFUSA Members

Saturday & Sunday — Public Festival

Thanks to our partners Visit Denver and EatDenver, the first 250 delegates to register and pay will receive a complimentary ticket to the BigEat, Denver’s celebration of the local, independent restaurant scene. This delicious party will take place on Thursday, July 13, just after the delegate welcome reception that evening. Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Denver’s best culinary talent, accompanied by craft beers, cocktails and wine. 

Benefits

Delegates will have special access throughout the weekend:

  • Welcome reception on Thursday evening, July 13th
  • A day of talks, workshops and networking at the Delegate Summit on Friday
  • Breakfast & Lunch on Friday
  • Discounted hotel packages (coming soon!)
  • Delegate Directory
  • Access to delegate lounge throughout the event
  • Free entry to two select ticketed events throughout the weekend
Registration Fee
  • $200 for Slow Food members
  • $250 for nonmembers (cost includes membership)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do existing Slow Food Members receive a discount?

All Slow Food members receive a $50 discount on delegate pricing.

Can I be a delegate and a volunteer?

Delegates are invited to volunteer at the festival. This will not interfere with the Delegate Summit on Friday.

Can I get a refund if I pay but cannot attend?

Delegates can receive a full refund before April 30th. After this date, no refunds will be made and your registration fee will be considered a donation to Slow Food USA. Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Is there assistance with housing?

Slow Food USA will provide a list of housing options to delegates to make the process both less expensive and easier (coming soon!).

I have dietary restrictions; will there be food for me at the delegate events?

The Delegate Summit breakfast and lunch will include vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you have other strict dietary needs, please reach out to us directly.

Do I receive a Slow Food USA membership with my delegate ticket?

Yes! If you are not already a member, by purchasing the $250 delegate ticket, you will receive a one year membership to Slow Food USA (valued at $60).

What is a food swap?

A food swap is an opportunity for delegates to share their local culture by exchanging food items from their home. These products, whether fresh or preserved, could be famous to your region for their history or flavor. They might be part of the Ark of Taste or even a Slow Food Presidium. We encourage you to get creative! The swap is tentatively scheduled for the end of Delegate Summit on Friday, July 14th.

Can delegates participate in other ways at Slow Food Nations?

Absolutely! All delegates are invited to participate in multiple ways. For example, you could assist exhibitors from your region in the Festival of Flavors taste marketplace, be a host at the information kiosk, be a docent at the Ark of Taste installation, or volunteer to support workshops and talks. We will be sending out specific opportunities to get involved as the event approaches.

Note: Exhibitors who apply and submit deposits before March 31st will receive a free delegate ticket as part of their exhibitor package (one per booth)

What should I do to prepare for my trip?

The most important items that you’ll need:

  • Valid identification
  • Confirmed flight or train ticket
  • Confirmed lodging
  • One non-perishable item to bring to the delegate food swap
  • For international delegates, ensure any additional travel requirements are in place

Do I get a discount on events and workshops?

Delegates will receive two free tickets to select events. There will be free talks and workshops available throughout the weekend and open entry access to the Festival of Flavors taste marketplace. As members, delegates will receive discounted rates for all other events.

Are there scholarships available?

Slow Food USA is committed to pursuing the goals of diversity and inclusion in our work. We will assemble a Slow Food Nations delegation that is representative of the multiple stakeholders in the food movement.  Funds for scholarships come directly from donations of fellow delegates and exhibitors. These will assist limited resource individuals to attend as delegates who represent youth, First Nations, advocates of color, and the Ark of Taste. For more information, please email [email protected].