Slow Food Travels in Montenegro
Interview with Sabina Ramovic, owner of the RAMS travel agency
Recently, we had a pleasure to talk to Sabina Ramovic, the founder of the travel agency RAMS from Bijelo Polje. Sabina has become a travel industry professional through her private business idea that she develops over the years, together with her husband Musa. The two of them are the people who brought Slow Food Movement into the Montenegrin market and they are putting all their efforts to make this offer one of the top travel offers in the Montenegrin north and wider! Sabina shared many interesting facts with us, so we recommend you to continue reading and enjoy this amazing topic from Sabina's perspective! We are sure you will all be interested in visiting Montenegro and taste our traditional cuisine after this!
MG:Can you tell us first what exactly is a "slow food" concept and what is it based on?
S: Slow Food International is an international organisation based in Italy, founded in 1989. It was founded in protest of McD's opening in Rome. The aim of the founding of this movement is that everyone has access to good, clean and healthy food. Slow food connects food satisfaction by connecting local communities and the environment, doing so through the protection of culture, food, and tradition, protecting biodiversity and raising awareness of how food choices affect the world around us. First and foremost food consumers have the benefits, but also the producers themselves. Members of Slow Food benefit from a variety of activities, such as education, Ark of Taste and Presidia, as well as connecting communities through organising various fairs.
Today, Slow Food is present in over 160 countries and over 2000 established communities, having millions of supporters. The Ark of Taste Product List is a list of products that are at risk of disappearing or have some specificity related to a particular region, manufacturing process or composition. For the time being, there are several products from Montenegro which are on the list of Ark of Taste, such as onion (crmnički luk), corn (kukuruz jarik), bleak and cheese (lisnati sir), but we are sure that we will expand that list very soon.
Montenegrin cheese (lisnati sir)
MG: How did you come to terms with the idea of slow food?
Corn and corn flour
MG: When did you start to place this kind of offer for the Montenegrin tourist market?
MG: What are the expectations and from which countries most of the guests come?
MG: Where do your arrangements take place and how many households did you include?
Slow Food in Montenegro - Communities
MG: Is there a generation group or is it a concept that appeals to everyone?
Making cicvara, traditional Montenegrin dish
MG: What are your plans for RAMS travel for the future?
S: Following all the activities that take place in our country in recent years, I believe that we have acquired the conditions for the development of the slow food travel, for which we need to get approval from SFI because we have to meet certain standards. A lot has indeed been done and a network of service providers has been formed, which is the basis for slow food travel, but still, there is work to be done to improve certain segments such as food safety, product packaging, greater community involvement, etc.
RAMS travelling around Montenegro for introducing the Slow Food Movement
During April 2019, we have been visited by Slow Food International and we toured the grounds to discuss the development of slow food travels. Thus, we hope that we will have the opportunity to find the resources that will allow us to launch this idea.
Also, the idea is to expand slow food in Montenegro and to form a few more communities in addition to ours, which will be active in the region of Skadar Lake, Boka Kotorska, Nikšić and similar.