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This Saturday, April 25, the world will celebrate the first International Grandmother’s Day, a celebration that is the brainchild of Darina Allen, owner of Ireland’s Ballymaloe Cookery School. A grandmother of six, she had the idea to get children together with grandma for a day in the kitchen to pass along traditions.

When Allen mentioned the idea of an Irish Grandmother’s Day to Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement, Petrini said it was too good to restrict to just Ireland. The inaugural Grandmother’s Day will be celebrated in 132 countries.

“From a small budget, grandmothers were able to feed the family,” says Allen. “It’s a forgotten skill to be able to make a meal, something delicious and lovely out of leftovers. These are all the skills we really need!”

As a sample of some of the compelling events that have been created in Ireland and other countries to mark this day, check out Slow Food Ireland’s web site here.


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