European citizens are asked to nominate products for inclusion in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, a catalogue of food products that belong to the culture, history and traditions of their respective local areas, and that are at risk of disappearing due to industrialized agriculture, genetic erosion, the transformation of eating habits, climatic change, and the abandonment of rural areas.

The aim is to raise public awareness about the importance of preserving and promoting food diversity, and encouraging citizens to become acquainted with European food heritage, the context that underlies the products in question, and the important role that producers play as custodians of this irreplaceable heritage.

Anyone can nominate a product without being an expert and without having any special qualifications, irrespective of profession, age, and nationality. Everyone can unearth traditional foods by talking with elderly people, cooks, and shopkeepers, or directly with producers.

The contest was launched on October 7, 2019, and will close on March 15, 2020.

The person who submits the best nomination for a product, traditional production method, or story will win a Slow Food Weekend in the Langhe and Roero hills in Piedmont, Northwest Italy.

Discover products from around the world and ones that might be close to where you live. We also invite you to contribute by applying to the Ark of Taste catalogue.

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