How Does One Qualify?

This initial list has been chosen by our Steering Committee because they have met the standards mentioned below that make them Slow Food worthy of bearing our Snail of Approval. We will update this list realizing that all things do change.


This guide will assist our community and visitors in making knowledgeable choices in search of food that is good, clean and fair.  Slow Food Philly awards the Snail of Approval to those producers, purveyors, and artisans who contribute to the Quality, Authenticity and Sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Quality is fundamental – food must taste good and be good for us. Quality includes: the freshness and wholesomeness of ingredients; the care and craft with which they are handled; the quality of life of consumers, producers and their neighbors. It is a standard of Quality based on food that is good, clean and fair.

Authenticity means that the food is true to its source. Natural products free of additives are true to themselves; local, seasonal foods are true to their time and place; heirloom varietals and heritage breeds are true to their evolutionary history; traditional foods are true to their cultural heritage. Authentic foods come from and contribute to ecological and cultural systems that are good, clean and fair.

Sustainability means we are good stewards of the environment in which we live; we must protect the biodiversity on which we depend, we must be humane to the animals we raise, fair to the people we employ, and we must insist that high quality food be available to all. Sustainability means reducing all the negative consequences of making food – it means using processes that are good, clean and fair.

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