FIVE ISLANDS - Slow-cooked, healthy food is the theme of an upcoming special gathering in Five Islands.
Workshops on learning how to bake bread in an old-fashioned wood oven, as well as related community events, will take place at Mo's Restaurant Sept. 9 to 11.
The weekend gathering is hosted by Slow Food Northumberland Shore, which is a group that is associated with a Slow Food movement that originated in Italy in the mid-1980s as a protest to the increase of fast foods.
"It's about preserving food traditions, heritage and varieties of food and animals. It's all about good food and very few people know how to make bread with sour dough in an old-fashioned wood oven," said Brenda Leenders, a member of the local Slow Food group. "It doesn't get much closer to slow food than that!"
Things get underway that Sunday at 7 p.m. with a session on understanding the chemistry of making bread and getting a sour dough starter for Monday's full day of making a variety of sour dough and yeasted breads. Monday evening will feature a community kitchen party at 7 p.m. that's open to the public for an admission fee of $5. Breads baked that day will be provided as well as treats from Masstown Market.
The event wraps up with a second session throughout Tuesday morning. Doug Brown, owner and master baker of Oakhaven Organic Bakery in Annapolis Valley, and member of the Baker's Guild of America will lead the workshops.
Registration for baking sessions is limited to 20 bakers and the deadline to sign up is Aug. 31. For more information, or to register, get in contact with Leenders at firstname.lastname@example.org or 893-4197.