|Attendees of the 2nd annual Fiera per la Decrescita talk on the Zattere, with Palladio's church of Redentore in background|
In any case, this weekend's fair on the Zattere is committed to alternative visions of economic and social life based on something other than the fantasy of ever-increasing production and consumption. There are workshops for adults and for children, meetings and talks, live performances, and booths selling food and goods produced in a manner consistent with the fair's ideals.
At the very least, if you happen to be the neighborhood I suggest picking up a package of the pasta di semola di grano duro biologica--a high-protein pasta made from organic durum wheat--that is native to the Puglia region. I used it last night to make Pasta alla Norma and it was delicious.
A full schedule of this weekend's events in Venice, as well as next weekend's fair in Mestre, may be found below (for some reason, the earlier-scheduled Venice fair appears on the 2nd page of the pdf):
|Some of the fair's many tents lined up along the Fondamenta delle Zattere yesterday evening|
|A discussion in the tent of the Venetian community garden group Spiazzi Verdi (http://spiazziverdi.blogspot.it/)|
|A discussion takes place in the left half of the Libreria Marco Polo tent, independent publishers' books are for sale at right (http://www.libreriamarcopolo.com/)|
|Fair-goers look over various products made from organic almonds|