Naramata joins Cittaslow International

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Discover Naramata is proud to announce that Naramata has been accepted as a member community of Cittaslow International.

Cittaslow (www.cittaslow.net) is an international organization formed in Orvieto, Italy in 1999 with the mandate to improve the quality of life in towns while resisting the fast lane, homogenized world seen in larger cities.  Celebrating and supporting diversity of culture and the specialties of a town are core Cittaslow values.  Born from the Slow Food movement (www.slowfood.com), Cittaslow’s main goal is to promote the philosophy of Slow Food to local communities and governments, applying the concepts of eco-gastronomy to everyday life.

In February of 2009, the Discover Naramata Board agreed, in principle, to pursue the accreditation of Naramata as a Cittaslow.  After a lengthy application and assessment process, Naramata was recognized as a member of Cittaslow Canada, after the first and only other North American member town, Cowichan Bay, BC, was accredited in July of this year.  The official declaration will take place in Orvieto, Italy on November 28, 2009.

Discover Naramata (www.discovernaramata.com) was formed in 1999 by Naramata area businesses with the mandate “to encourage visitors to experience the existing charm and character of Naramata, while encouraging and supporting local business initiatives.”  Discover Naramata represents the business community of Naramata and the surrounding area including wineries, farms and retail/hospitality/tourism related businesses.

For further information, contact:

Norm Davies, Director, Discover Naramata
Box 164, Naramata, BC, Canada, V0H 1N0
http://www.discovernaramata.com
slow@discovernaramata.com

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