There are over 100 Slow Food Presidia dedicated to dairy products around the world, more than any other food type. These rare and magnificent creations reflect our heritage of pastures, animal breeds, milks and skills.
At Cheese, you can meet the people behind some of the world’s finest traditional cheeses in person, discover their stories and taste their hard work for yourself.
Conference to present new Slow Food Presidia
Welcome New Cheese Presidia is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at 5 p.m., and it’s an opportunity to get up close with the latest arrivals in a prestigious club of dairy products protected by Slow Food: Genazzano cheese and Fodóm cheese.
The former is a pecorino from the Prenestini hills, on the outskirts of Rome, where two agricultural companies keep a centuries-old tradition alive by producing cheese using traditional copper cauldrons. The latter is a cheese from Col di Lana in Veneto, made from the milk of grass-fed cows and cut hay on the steepest slopes of the Dolomites. Both of these Presidia were born from a collaboration with FedEx, part of a commitment to supporting small-scale businesses and the development of local networks together with Slow Food Italy.
At the conference there are also two French-speaking protagonists: the Bleu de Queyras, a blue-veined cheese made from raw cow’s milk from the pastures of the Hautes Alpes region, and the Brigue Toma, made from the milk of the brigasca sheep, a sheep breed raised in the Roja Valley. We’ll also present the Plezzana sheep, which owes its name to the Slovenian town of Plezzo but is also found in the mountainous areas of the province of Udine and the Austrian region of Carinthia. Slow Food is currently initiating the protection process for this sheep breed as part of the Presidia project.
Slow Food Presidia at Cheese
Friuli Venezia Giulia
- Gargano Caciocavallo Podolico
- Pallone di Gravina
- Gargano Citrus Fruits
- Focaccia a libro di Sammichele di Bari
- Alta Murgia Bread
- Capocollo Martina Franca
- Garganica Goat
- Madonie Provola
- Scillato Apricot
- Nebrodi Provola
- Giarratana Onion
- Nebrodi Black Pig
- Piacentinu Ennese
Trentino Alto Adige
From beyond Italy, we welcome:
- Ireland: Irish raw milk cheeses
- The Netherlands: Aged Artisanal Gouda
- The UK: Stichelton and Artisan Somerset Cheddar
- Spain: Jiloca Saffron
- Switzerland: Traditional Emmentaler
- Bleu de Queyras
- Brigue Tome
- Brousse du Rove
- Natural Farmhouse Camembert
- Basque Pyrenees Mountain Cheeses
- Auvergne Salers Breed Cheeses
- Béarn High Pasture Cheeses
- Pélardon affiné