• LA PAS/SLOWING DOWN is a minimalist festival, integrated in the current context, promoting a collaborative and solidar economy and aiming for a multidimensional impact.

LA PAS/SLOWING DOWN. The Artisanal Gastronomy Festival will take place from September 23rd to 25th2022 in the Roses’ Park in Timisoara, being organized by CRIES – Resource Centre for Ethical and Solidarity Initiatives.

TheLA PAS/SLOWING DOWN Festival brings together more than 50 artists and supports a complex artistic programme with local artists from the country as well as from Hungary, Italy and Portugal. Everyone is welcome, and the activities are friendly to all age groups.

In order to underline the values and principles they work by, the representatives of the CRIES Association engaged in collaborationwith local, national and European organizations, schools, local producers, craftsmen and artists, sensitive to the themes proposed by the event.


Will offer a variety of food products prepared according to traditional or innovative recipes, using mostly local ingredients and sustainable production practices. Locally produced craft beer, vegetarian and vegan menus, local and international dishes, artisanal cider, cold-pressed juices, jams, sauces, cakes, artisan breads, dairy products and speciality cheeses – all part of the gastronomic offer of this year’s edition.

Throughout the Festival there will be tastings at the producers’ stands, accompanied by the product story. There will be demonstrations of traditional cooking practices, such as making magiun or bread baked under ceramic pot.

To highlight the importance of small food producers and to encourage the public to explore the diversity of tastes, LA PAS branded products will be launched: cheese, bread, honey, cider and craft beer and scented candles, manufactured by the Curtea Culorilor Association, Prospero, Poienița Zarand, Casa Despi, OneTwo Brewery, OilRight.

Festival programme

Visitors are welcome from Friday September 23rd 2022, from 3pm, when all stands will be open. On Friday evening the Murani Circus School will perform a funambulism and vertical acrobatics show.

Every day the people of Timisoara and tourists are expected to enjoy a varied concert programme for diverse tastes offered by JazzyBit, Mădălina Pavăl Live Orchestra, Simion Bogdan-Mihai and Lăutarii de Milase, vinyl DJ: Angel (SouledOut), Rapala (Soulheads) who:ratio, Kira Németh & Bela Wittek from Hungaryand NinaNinar – Telma Pereira, Carlos Garcia from Portugal.

On all the three days of the festival there will be “5 minutes for a meeting with you”, an art installation that is built in real time, featuring visitors, artisans and volunteers. During the festival, participants are invited to sit for 5 minutes, to observe or be observed, to draw or be drawn by artist Ligia Fernandes, to give themselves time for interaction or reflection. The event is an invitation to slow down, coming from the artistic producer Cooperativa LARGO Residências from Portugal.

The Workshops Program

Over 20 workshops will be available for children, adults and seniors,covering exciting topics such as safe access to water, how we make polenta/mamaliga, circus for children and parents, sensory education with herbs, how we make pizza, how to turn advertising waste into sustainable products, green fashion: practices for sustainable consumers, sustainable city through children’s eyes or the anti-waste jar.

Eco PlaygroundEcologos, organised in collaboration with the Seneca Association, is an interactive space where children can learn all about the Ecological Footprint and will be open for play and learning throughout the festival.

On the last day of the festival, a special highlight is a borscht-making workshop based on a traditional Ukrainian recipe. Borscht was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Danger in 2022. UNESCO has declared the practice of cooking this dish “in danger of extinction” because of the situation caused by the war in Ukraine that began in 2022, defining it as a case of extreme emergency. The conflict in Ukraine is not only endangering the traditional keepers of traditional borsch, but also the environment and traditional agriculture.

Admission and participation at all the LA PAS/SLOWING DOWN Festival activities are free, thanks to the support of funders, partners and volunteers.

The festival subscribes to the concepts of sustainability and solidarity, celebrating sustainable production and consumption, bringing together artisans and consumers from Romania and Europe, who appreciate local production, made with concern for social and environmental standards.

The Festival Declaration can be found here.

The Festival programme can be read here.

The project is part of the Cultural Programme “Timisoara 2023 – European Capital of Culture” and is funded by the Municipality of Timisoara through the Project Centre.

Producer: CRIES Association-Resource Centre for Ethical and Solidarity Initiatives.

Partners: Comisia Națională a României pentru UNESCO, Departamentul pentru Dezvoltare Durabilă, Secretariatul General al Guvernului, Punctul de contact pentru Programul Cetățeni, Egalitate, Drepturi și Valori, Unitatea de Management a Proiectului, Ministerul Culturii, RTC – România Tradițiilor Creative, ASAT – Asociația pentru Susținerea Agriculturii Țărănești, Asociația ALIMENTERRA, Reciproc, Asociația INTERSECT, Asociația REPER 21, Asociația pentru Promovarea și Dezvoltarea Turismului în Timiș, Fundația Județeană pentru Tineret Timiș, AQUATIM, Fundația Aquatim, Asociația SNK,  Editura Seneca, Centrul pentru Politici Durabile Ecopolis, Centrul pentru Inovare și Dezvoltare Sustenabilă, Asociația Ateliere fără frontiere, Asociația Kolping, Asociația LOGS-Grup de Inițiative Sociale, Asociația Generații pentru Generații, Act for Tomorrow, Asociația de Dezvoltare Intercomunitară Deșeuri Timiș


Internațional partners: FeketeSereg, Largo Residencias, RIPESS Europe, Solidarius Italia, UFISC


Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Radio Timișoara, Green Report, Zile și Nopți, Modernism.ro, EduPedu, Observator Gastronomic, România Pozitivă, Radio Econatura, FoodNews Romania, Știri ONG, Festivalier


The LA PAS products 2022 are manufactured by: Asociația Curtea Culorilor, Casa Despi, OilRight, OneTwo Brewery, Prospero, Poienița Zarand. Ciocolată Fair Trade oferită de Pronat.

The LA PAS/SLOWING DOWN program, initiated by the CRIES Association – Resource Centre for Ethical and Solidarity Initiatives in Timisoara in 2018, in the context of “Timisoara – European Capital of Culture”, aims to enhance the gastronomic heritage by respecting specific principles of the Slow Food movement (good-clean-ethical), developing responsible consumption skills among young people, promoting sustainable practices for the organizers of cultural events, encouraging public policies that favour sustainable development models and a culture of sustainability among people.

CRIES Association – Resource Centre for Ethical & Solidarity Initiatives









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