“To change the world, you have to change the menu first”

In 2017, Slow Food Noosa launched Australia’s FIRST Snail of Approval Program to encourage and support sustainable practices in our region.

This recognition program aims to inspire producers, chefs, restaurant owners and food outlets to use and promote Good, Clean and Fair ingredients from our local area.

Businesses can be recognised if they are making efforts to produce food which is good, clean and fair.

  • GOOD: seasonal, local, quality, flavoursome and healthy food
  • CLEAN: sustainable production with low impact on the environment
  • FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers and staff/workers

Benefits to your business

This recognition scheme includes the following benefits:

  • Display of Snail of Approval decal at your place of business
  • Use of … (this one great)
  • Listing of your business on Slow Food Noosa…
  • Inclusion of your business in local Snail of Approval Food Trails featured in your region (bracket content good)
  • Patronage of your business by national and international tourists, especially those from Europe etc… who realise the significance of the Snail of Approval and your compliance with Slow Food principles as part of a global network operating in over 160 countries around the world.

Who can apply?

Businesses that support the philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair food that are based in the area between Caloundra and Tin Can Bay and out to the Mary Valley (loosely) are welcome to apply. Nominations can come from farmers, growers, restaurants, cafes, chefs/cooks, food artisans, and retail outlets. An application form must be completed and submitted to initiate your application to the Snail of Approval program.

What’s Involved?

An application form must be completed and submitted.

Guidelines for Application/Nomination

Nomination and Approval Process

  1. Nomination forms  for 2021 should be submitted  to the Slow Food Noosa Committee via this online application process.
  2. The committee will consider the nominations (inc an onsite visit).
  3. Recipients will be announced at a Slow Food Noosa event and on our social media and website platforms.
  4. Businesses must be Slow Food Members to be awarded this recognition.
  5. This recognition is subject to periodic review.

What does it cost?

The only cost associated with becoming a Snail of Approval Recipient is for you to join the Slow Food movement through your membership of Slow Food.  This can be carried out via the JOIN US section of the website. This membership needs to be renewed on an annual basis if you wish to retain your Snail of Approval recognition.

Additional Program Benefits

As a Snail of Approval recipient, Slow Food Noosa will support your business by:

  • Promoting your business on our website, in our monthly newsletter and across our social media channels.
  • Acting as a conduit throughout the Noosa food community to help grow your business.
  • Inviting you to apply for delegate sponsorship to represent Slow Food Noosa at the international Slow Food event “Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto” held in Italy every two years.
  • Offering you the opportunity (for Snails with land set aside for food production) to apply for the Regenerative Farming/Rewilding Grant
  • Extending membership discounts to all Slow Food Noosa events.

Important Clarification

The Snail of Approval is a recognition program for food producers, artisans, retail outlets, restaurants and cafes that demonstrate a philosophy of adopting earth friendly practices. These might include reduction in the use of chemicals, use of local, and low food mile ingredients, preserving vanishing animal breeds and plant varieties, undertaking animal friendly practices, supporting small producers, and striving to create food that is Good, Clean and Fair.

Importantly the Snail of Approval award recognises effort and intent, and should not be seen as an accreditation for any of these areas.

The Snail of Approval program recognises that adoption of these practices falls on a continuum and is not a recognition of perfection. It is envisaged that once in the Snail of Approval program, businesses will find opportunities for continuous improvement towards Good, Clean and Fair food for all.

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