Press Release

UMaine and ESTIA Hosting Conference on Slow Food

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine and ESTIA, a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization based in Maine dedicated to the protection of cultural and biological diversity, will host the 9th Annual ESTIA Conference on “Slow Food: A Model for Sustainable and Healthy Living.”

The conference will be held 6 -9:30 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 26, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at UMaine’s Wells Conference Center in Orono.

The conference will address various topics such as understanding the Slow Food model and its contribution to sustainability, its health benefits and its viability in boosting Maine’s economy. The conference will also explore food policy as it relates to Slow Food and present success stories from Maine institutions and businesses.

The conference fee, which includes local, in-season and organic food, is $40 ($50 on-site registration) and $25 ($30) for students. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. To register and see the schedule, go to

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For more information, contact Gregory Edwards, ESTIA treasurer, at 716 Union Street, Bangor, Maine, 04401 or email


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