BC Association of Farmers' markets

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2017 Slow Meat Day

2017 Slow Meat Day

Photo: Urban Digs Farm

Less meat, better quality

Slow Meat is meat raised humanely, naturally and with minimal impact on the environment. It is a fair deal for producers and processors. It is public understanding and appreciation of meat’s value. By eating less meat of better quality, we would create enormous benefits for our health, the farming system and the quality of the air, soil and water. (Slow Food USA)

Event details and schedule

As an addition to the BC Farmers' Markets conference, we are collaborating with Slow Food Canada and the River Market to host a Slow Meat Day. Meet your meat suppliers, talk to community organizations dedicated to better farming, and other supportive community members. Enter to win a $50 gift card at the Vancity booth to use at any restaurant in River Market. The event is free to attend, however we highly recommend you reserve your spot for the demos as space is limited. Those who would like to sample dishes from two participating River Market restaurants can purchase a Slow Meat Taster ticket for $12 online. Tickets won't be available at the door.

When: Sunday, March 5; @ 2pm-6pm
Where: River Market (810 Quayside Dr. New Westminster)

Event opens, including Meat Market displays

2:30pm - 3pm

Welcome and keynote with Julia Smith (Slow Meat Canada) and Richard McCarthy (Slow Food USA)
- in the Network Hub space

3:30pm - 4:15pm Hog butchering demo with Filipe Carballo (Urban Digs Farm/Blue Sky Ranch); and cooking demonstration with Chef Michael Kaisaris (ReUp BBQ)
- in the Network Hub space
- free, but we highly recommend you reserve your spot

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Cooking demo: "Slow Meat on a Budget" with Chef Tee-Jae Conwi (Executive Chef, Delta Hotels Vancouver Suites)
- in the Network Hub space
- free, but we highly recommend you reserve your spot


Event closes

Meat Market Displays

Meat Vendors:
Blue Sky Ranch (pasture-raised meats)
Coyote Acres Ranch
K&M Farms
Turtle Valley Bison Ranch

Partners and Community Organizations:

BC Association of Farmers' Markets
H-4 British Columbia
Italian Cultural Centre

Slow Food Canada

Tsawassen Farm School
Vancity Credit Union

Slow Meat Tasters

Try various slow meat dishes from participating River Market restaurants with a Slow Meat Taster ticket. Slow Meat Taster tickets can be purchased online, and used at the restaurants from 11am until close. Slow Meat Taster tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Participating restaurants and their slow meat taster dish include: 
  • ReUp BBQ - slow smoked heritage pork pasture-raised by Blue Sky Ranch with house-made BBQ sauce & creamy slaw)
  • Wild Rice Market Bistro - braised organic beef from Blue Goose Cattle Co. open face bao with pickled veg, scallion verde, horseradish aioli (one piece)


The event is free to attend, however Slow Meat Taster tickets are available for $12 for those who would like to sample slow meat dishes from two participating River Market restaurants.

Keynote Topic:

Richard McCarthy, Slow Food USA
What sits at the center of what’s wrong with our food system? The imposition of industrial meat upon rural livelihoods, ecologies, animals, and diets. In short, the culture of confinement undermines the generation of wealth and the regeneration of ecosystems. Slow Meat is the global campaign for better meat, less meat. What can we practically do to promote the ranchers and multi-species farmers who are doing it right; and engage consumers to tackle the tyranny of cheap meat by paying for better, and learning to love less meat?

Thank You

BC Association of Farmers' Markets is partnering with Slow Meat Canada, the River Market, the Royal City Farmers' Market, and The Network Hub to create this event. Vancity Credit Union is providing financial and organizational support.