Taste is subjective, but it is acquired and is a result of education. Along these lines, Slow Food has developed a series of programmes to reactivate and educate the senses, allowing the rediscovery of the pleasures of eating, and an understanding of the importance of where food comes from, how it is produced and who produces it.
Initiatives like school vegetable gardens allow youngsters, especially, to benefit from specific experiences related to what they eat and what they themselves grow. Also, through taste labs, tastings or workshops, cooks and experts in food can be reached. This is an innovative methodology based on awakening and training the senses. Tastings understood as an educational and awareness-raising experience.
In August 2008 we celebrated the first tasting of local tomato varieties in a vegetable garden for a group of chefs. The producers were present in order to establish the working links between farmers and cooks.