Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.
The Slow Food Trail (Poteca Slow Food) is a project implemented by Slow Food Sibiu with the aim of bringing children closer to nature, to the village life, to traditions and to the concept of slow living.
The Slow Food Trail project started some 2 years ago with a children’s book (Stories from the Trail – Povesti de pe Poteca). The book tells the story of Petru, a 6-year old arriving in the “world where time stands still” – the village life, where everything happens slower. He wonders around, harvesting fruits and vegetables, making syrups and jams, foraging for wild plants and mushrooms, pottering or eating fresh honey from a local beekeeper.
Each story is from time to time turned to life. Poteca Slow Food organizes small workshops around the villages of Sibiu for children and their families. It’s a perfect weekend activity, spending time outdoor, learning about the village life and the wild life, learning to appreciate the simple things, traditions and running away from a busy and noisy city life, with too much technology and concrete around.
Pottery or weaving workshops, foraging trips in search of wild plants and mushrooms, trips to small beekeepers to see how honey is produced at a small scale, visits to shepherds to see how cheese and butter are made, to bakers to make fresh bread, to small farmers to learn to grow fruits and vegetables.
Starting April 2021, a thematic forest trail is also open for public. In Trainei, a small village, just 12 kilometers away from Sibiu, but far enough from the all the city noise. Beautiful small houses, green forests all around and lots to be discovered. The trail starts from the center of the Trainei village and following the orange arrows you will get to do a nice circuit hike, medium difficulty, about 1 kilometer long. Nature awaits to be discovered – a pine and hardwood forest, lots of wild flowers and plants, a small river to pass over, meeting the locals and their friendly animals (goats, dogs and chicken). Enough to keep children busy, increase their exploring appetite and spend some quality family time.