Over Labor Day weekend San Francisco hosted a Slow Food festival that brought over 60,000 people together to celebrate and taste. 98 percent of the events sold out and 20 percent of the attendees were from outside of California. Alice Waters, one of my heroes, was a major force behind this event that linked the pleasures of food with community and environmental activism. Here is a video of her talking about “edible education” as part of a panel discussion.
A link to a NY Times article that describes the event in more detail: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/dining/03slow.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=a%20slow%20food%20festival&st=cse&oref=slogin