The Slow Food Tarnava Mare convivium, the first to be established in Romania, was founded in 2005 by Jim Turnbull and in May 2013 was reactivated with Jim again becoming convivium leader.  We now hold monthly "Courtyard Dining" events where seasonal local produce, cooked as for the family, can be enjoyed with some of the best Romanian wine.  For further information see our page on Facebook.   Booking in advance is essential. why not get involved by joining Slow Food Tarnava Mare. Basic membership costs €5 per year and full individual membership is €35 per year. Application forms are available in Saschiz and payment can be in cash (Ron equivalent). 

Slow Food International promotes good, clean and fair food.  The food we eat should taste good; it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; food producers should receive fair compensation for their work and food consumers should be charged a fair price.  To achieve this, Slow Food encourage short supply chains that directly link the producer with the consumer wherever possible and support education to promote the flavour and taste of local produce. 

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About Jim's contribution to developing Slow Food in Romania

I am writing to say that starting from February 1st (2011) I will no longer work with Slow Food in Bra (Italy).  I would like to say that it was a pleasure to work with you on the development of Romanian Slow Food all these years, and I thank you for your experience, time, patience and knowledge that you dedicated to make it grow. You have been a linking point for many years who has helped to achieve the most part of what Slow Food is in Romania today.  I wish you best of luck for the food company project, and I'm very much hoping that our paths will cross again soon.  Best wishes  

Lilia Smelkova, Program Director, Slow Food International 


The Transylvania Food Company is now a certified member of the Social Enterprise UK, which means that we officially comply with the definition of a social enterprise. The Social Enterprise UK is a is a network that includes all the leading lights of the UK social enterprise movement from community organisations to consumer products. Among other things, they raise awareness of the role that social enterprises play in building networks between social enterprises and raise the profile of people and social enterprises in the sector.

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The Food Development Company / Transylvania Food Company is a member of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, a not for profit organisation, established in 1998 with a reputation that speaks for itself.  It is a British registered company limited by guarantee with a permanent presence in Bucharest and represented in London by British Expertise, is entirely membership owned and membership driven, with the mission to use their good offices and activities to increase British-Romanian business and investments.  

Since their inception, the Chamber has built up a high quality brand reputation and is now considered to be one of the top professional business organisations of its kind in the marketplace, which is seen to be both an effective voice for their members and the British-Romanian community as a whole.

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The Food Development Company Ltd has joined the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) which provides members access to expert advice and guidance on any aspect of markets and market trading plus public, product and employers liability insurance for any number of stalls on the same day, anywhere in the EU. The NMTF publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Market Times, the leading trade publication for the markets industry. Packed with news, market features, expert commentary and useful advertising, Market Times showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the UK markets industry. 

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The Food Development Company Ltd has joined the UK Wine & Spirit Association (WSTA) which has the largest and broadest membership base of any trade association in this sector; multi-channel, multi-category, national and international, start-ups through to global brands, the full length of the supply chain. They therefore have a better understanding and are able to represent more of the industry.

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The UK Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) goal is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Established 45 years ago, FSB is the UK's largest grassroots business campaigning group, which ensures the voice of small business is heard at the highest level across the UK, as well as providing business services and products to their members. 

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