2022-2023 Membership Renewals

At the recent Annual General Meeting it was decided to streamline the payment of annual Membership by making all fees payable on the 30 June each year.

To transition to the new system, the following adjustments will apply:

    • Those members whose fees are due from now until May 2023 will be offered the option of:
      • paying the full membership amount.
      • paying a membership fee which reflects the transition period up to 30 June 2023, and then in June paying the 2023 – 2024 Membership year fee.
        If you choose this option you will be asked to contact Celia Wade on for the amount when your renewal becomes due.
    • New members during the year will pay proportionally depending on joining date. The leader will acknowledge their membership and welcome them but they will not have membership to Slow Food International until the following July.
    • Three year memberships will transition in the same way in the year membership is due.
    • Membership details will be notified to Slow Food International in January and June 2023.

Terra Madre (Mother Earth) Day Celebration Dinner

The official date for Terra Madre Day 2022 is 10 December and the theme for Slow Food International this year is Food “Regeneraction”.

To celebrate, Slow Food Saddleback is planning a casual Italian meal the night before.

When:  Friday 9 December at 5.30pm

Where: The Kiama Bridge Club, adjacent to Bonaira Playing Fields, Girrawheen Avenue, Kiama.  We will be under the AFL verandah so if it’s chilly, bring a jumper! If wet, we will go inside.

This is a BYO drinks event.

Cost:  Slow Food Members $40, non Members $50

To book:  TryBooking:

Membership News:
For those of you who have received Membership renewal notices it would be appreciated if you could renew asap and therefore be a Member before Terra Madre Day

Snail Of Approval Awards
The recipients will be notified of their awards next week and we hope to be able to present the Business Development Grants at the Terra Madre dinner.
All our recipients are outstanding examples of the Slow Food ethos and I will send you an email next week with all the details.

AGM 2022 and Membership News

At the Annual General Meeting on 19 October 2022, the following office bearers were elected:

Convivium Leader:  Celia Wade
Secretary:  Fiona Kennedy
Treasurer:   Rhonni Garven
Committee Members:  Judith Ball, Carolyn Evans, Kaye Turnbull, Roslyn Markezic

The meeting then unanimously accepted a proposal to streamline the payment of annual membership fees by making all fees payable on 30 June each year (currently memberships are due in almost every month of the year).  The membership to Italy will be paid for all memberships in July each year.

To transition to the new system, the following adjustments will apply:

    • Those members whose fees are due up until December 2022 will be offered the option of paying 50% membership, with membership due for renewal in June 2023.  Members will be asked to email Slow Food Saddleback (Celia Wade, Leader  for advice on the amount of payment needed.  Of course, Slow Food Saddleback would be delighted if members choose to pay full membership in order to support our key activities.
    • Memberships which fall due January to June, 2023 will be deferred until 30th June 2023 when all memberships will be due.  If membership is due January to June, and members would be more comfortable, an adjustment of their membership can be requested (email to reflect the loss of the months where they would otherwise not be a financial member.
    • New members during the year will pay proportionally depending on joining date. The leader will acknowledge their membership and welcome them but they will not have membership to Italy until the following July.
    • For those members who have taken out a 3 year membership, the adjustment will be made when their membership falls due.
    • For the 2022/2023 year only, there will be a payment to Italy in January 2023 and then full membership payment in July 2023.

During this transition time members may not receive regular newsletters from Italy. These will be available on the website.

This change will significantly reduce the background work in payment reminders and organization as well as payments to Italy.

Growing and using fish at home

A special dinner event to learn about growing fish at home.

When:  Friday 11 November 2022, at 5pm

Where: at the home of Barb and Omar Khalifa, between Berry and Gerroa. Details for parking and actual address will be supplied after booking.

This is a Slow Food Saddleback Members only event as numbers are strictly limited – Tickets $40.

To book:  Try Booking:

The Khalifas have been growing trout at home for their consumption for several years, very much subject to the weather conditions! They also have a sustainable vegetable garden, and we will be lucky enough to sample fish and some garden produce at dinner, following an introduction to the fish farming by Omar.

Champagne will be offered on arrival, but please BYO with dinner.


For the Diary: Our final event for the year will be held to celebrate Terra Madre Day on Friday, December 9 at 5pm at The Bridge Club in Kiama, and hopefully outside in the Bonaira Reserve, under the AFL verandah – an Italian celebration meal.

Slow Food Saddleback 2022 Annual General Meeting and Dinner

At Silica Restaurant

AGM Date and Time:

5.30pm Wednesday 19 October 2022


Silica Restaurant
Manning Street, adjacent to Coronation Park, Kiama

Dinner will follow the AGM, starting at 6.30

All Members are encouraged to attend, to provide feedback and support for your Committee.

An Agenda will be distributed on the night and Nominations for the Committee remain open until the AGM, forms are available on the website:

We would love some new faces on the Committee, get involved!!
If you are only attending the AGM please email

Following the AGM we will be enjoying a meal prepared by Luke and the team at Silica,

The AGM is a Slow Food Saddleback Members Event only, but partners are welcome to attend the Dinner if they are not Members of Slow Food.

I look forward to welcoming you to the AGM and to the dinner that will follow.

Download the 2022 AGM Nomination Form

Celia Wade – Leader, Slow Food Saddleback