Snail of Approval

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Slow Food Saddleback is inviting nominations for the Snail of Approval for 2023-2024. The awards will be presented in time for the summer season, and to advertise the successful businesses.

The Slow Food movement seeks a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet as a whole.

Slow Food aims to inspire GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR food for everyone.

GOOD – seasonal food of good quality which is flavoursome and healthy.

CLEAN – food that is produced in ways which preserve biodiversity and does no harm to the environment.

FAIR – conditions and pay for producers and staff and still be a fair price for consumers.

Slow Food Saddleback wishes to recognise local food producers, artisans, retail outlets and restaurants that promote the Slow Food message of good, clean and fair food, and the protection of biodiversity on the South Coast of NSW.

This will allow customers, friends and supporters of good food and produce, to see that those awarded a Snail of Approval are special farmers or retailers supporting healthy and seasonal choices through accessible and responsible local food production and supply.

Locals businesses that meet the prerequisites above are asked to self nominate and our Committee will then be in touch as soon as possible to complete the procedure. Interested locals are also asked to nominate a business that they feel is worthy of recognition.

Nominations will close on Thursday 30 November 2023, and Snail of Approval recipients will be recognised at an event at the Kiama Farmers Markets on Wednesday 6 December.

A Snail of Approval plaque, window sticker and a Certificate of Approval will be provided for awardees to use, together with publicity on their and our websites, and at all Slow Food events. The Snail is active in the Slow Food movement in 150 countries, so is well recognized.

Visitors and locals alike look for the Snail of Approval to assist their restaurant and food choices.

Please download the application form.You may then fill the form out electronically, save it and email it to

Alternatively you may print the form and post it to PO Box 99, Jamberoo, 2533.

Download the Snail Of Approval application form


Please note that all Snail of Approval awardees will be eligible to submit an application for the Slow Food Saddleback Business Development Grant for 2024.

Guidelines for Nomination and Approval for 2024:

  1. The Committee will consider all nominations, which may include an onsite visit.
  2. Recipients of the Snail of Approval will be announced at Kiama Markets on Wednesday, 6 December, and on social media and website platforms.
  3. We would also expect to get local Council and media recognition.
  4. The Snail of Approval is subject to annual review.

For more information, contact:
Celia Wade – Slow Food Saddleback, at