Slow Food Nation
August 29–September 1, 2008
San Francisco, CA
Photography by Kate Kline May, Talia, & Kristen Loken
As the Executive Producer for Slow Food Nation, Dominic Phillips led all elements of production for the 85,000-person event, from moving a two-ton commercial deck oven on-site to coordinating over 2,000 volunteers. Seedling Projects Director Sarah Weiner was the first employee of Slow Food Nation, and after raising nearly half a million dollars in collaboration with Alice Waters to seed the project, she transitioned into content development, heading a staff of five and dozens of volunteers to create the Taste Pavilions at Fort Mason Center, a free Marketplace at the Civic Center, and the Slow on the Go concessions.
Over 3,000 collaborators contributed to the event and over 600 articles covered it in print and web media. The main events of Slow Food Nation took place between August 29 and September 1 (Labor Day), at San Francisco’s Civic Center and Fort Mason Center. Slow Food Nation included the 50,000-square-foot Taste Pavilions that provided an unprecedented opportunity to sample and learn about over 1000 of America’s regional foods and a free Marketplace where 65,000 people connected community and cuisine at a farmers’ market.