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July 19, 2019, 7:45 am - 5:00 pm

Leader Summit

Come shape the future of the food movement! The Slow Food Leader Summit is an important annual gathering of Food Movement leaders. It’s a time to make new connections and reconnect with old friends. It’s a place learn new leadership skills and explore crucial issues in the food system. It’s an opportunity to reinvigorate our work and our communities.

This summit is designed for food movement leaders: farmers and producers, Slow Food community leaders and organizational partners, chefs, educators and other food leaders. If you want to expand your network and be an active voice in the future of food, don’t miss this summit!

The ticket includes a Thursday evening reception, Leader Summit registration and access to limited university housing and discounted hotel rooms with our partner, Kimpton hotels.

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7:45am — Registration and light breakfast | Gates Concert Hall (2344 E Iliff Ave)
8:45am — Blessing | Gates Concert Hall (2344 E Iliff Ave)
9-10am — Keynote conversation on tradition and innovation with Alice Waters, Ron Finley and Paolo Di Croce | Gates Concert Hall (2344 E Iliff Ave)
10:20am – 11:50am — Choose one breakout session:

12pm — Lunch. Of course! How can we not break bread together? | @ Anderson Academic Commons (2150 E. Evans Ave) & Joy Burns Center (2044 E Evans Ave)

2pm — Reclaiming Native Truth | Cable Center (2000 Buchtel Blvd)
4pm — Slow Food Snailblazer Awards | Cable Center (2000 Buchtel Blvd)
4:30pm — Closing Remarks: The Future of Slow Food | Cable Center (2000 Buchtel Blvd)

After the official Leader Summit wraps, the public festival goes into full swing. This year, the Slow Food Salon is a free space on Larimer Square dedicated to continuing the conversations started at the Leader Summit. Join us there!


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