News & Upcoming Events


Katoomba receives international award at the world’s first “Slowness Forum” in South Korea

Cittaslow Katoomba convenor Nigel Bell was there to receive the award.

Blue Mountains Gazette article: Slow down that's won it for Katoomba

'Aesthetics of Slowness' Jeonju World Slow Forum & Awards Opening News / 2017 Jeonju News

ECOhomes Tour - fundraiser for Cittaslow Katoomba

The 2017 fundraising ECOhomes Tour is scheduled for Saturday 21 October - a fun and informative all-day bus tour led by ECOdesign Architect Nigel Bell. Visiting five homes in the Blue Mountains, it's a ‘must see’ for those thinking of building or renovating within the Mountains and elsewhere. Participants learn from those that have done it – be it straw, earth, recycled or conventional materials, sustainable renovations, solar-cells, passive solar and/or funky home design! Mostly, these are not ‘grand design’ but achievable and homely, contextual and sustainable, community-level design. Click here to REGISTER - be quick it's very popular and seats are limited.

Visit to Katoomba by South Korean Delegates 16 May 2017, following Cittaslow International Assembly
Click here for photos.

2017 Cittaslow International General Assembly to be held at Goolwa

Goolwa Alexandrina in South Australia will host the 10th Cittaslow International General Assembly, 9-12 May 2017.
Click here for more. 

ECOhomes Tour now a fundraiser for Cittaslow

The ECOhomes Tour, formerly a fundraiser for Katoomba High School, has now begun a partnership with Cittaslow Katoomba Blue Mountains and it's 22nd tour to be held Saturday 15 October 2016, will be a fundraiser for Cittaslow. More...


Low Carbon Living Blue Mountains website launch

The Low Carbon Living Blue Mountains website was launched by Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute 26 May 2016.

The Low Carbon Living - Blue Mountains project aims to help Blue Mountains businesses and communities reduce their overall carbon footprint and do their bit to reduce the threat that climate change represents for the region.

More extreme weather events leading to dangerous and damaging bushfires, droughts and floods will have seriously impact on the ecosystems of the World Heritage area and the quality of life of those living in this region.

This Low Carbon Living web site provides visitors and residents with a unique opportunity to support businesses who are reducing their carbon footprint.

Click here.


Cittaslow Australasia Annual Meeting to be held at Katoomba

From Wed 16- Fri 18 March, 2016
See schedule here.

Cittaslow banner at Carro 16 xml


A Slow Food Blue Mountains event....

The Great Annual Chestnut Expedition Saturday April 2 2O16

‘Join us to support Aussie food and farming’
Come and be part of this important day, and show your support for Slow Food Blue Mountains, locally-grown!
There are two parts to this chestnut-inspired day, and you can choose to be involved with either one or both.

Expedition to Kookootonga Chestnut/Walnut Farm
247 Mt Irvine Road, Mount Irvine, to collect chestnuts. A sublime experience! You can choose to meet us there at 11 am (look for our sign) or be part of a car pool, meeting in Katoomba at 10 am. (Email sfbm [AT] slowfoodaustralia [DOT] com [DOT] au or text 0423 109 270 for further car pool details.)

‘Kookootonga’ is one of the original farms at Mt Irvine in the Blue Mountains and has been owned by the Scrivener family since 1897. The first chestnuts and walnuts were planted over 100 years ago. The majority of the orchard was created by Bill and Ruth Scrivener (the current owners) from the 1950s. Find out more about Kookootonga, including directions, at

Chestnut Cooking & Processing at a Secret Location! (2-4pm)
If you wish, return to a ‘secret location’ in Katoomba to help cook, peel and then freeze chestnuts – and taste a few as well as you work! (Later, these processed chestnuts will be turned into CHESTNUT PATÉ and CHESTNUT CAKE by two local small businesses for Slow Food Blue Mountains and sold at our stall, during the Leura Harvest Festival on 1 May, 2016.)

See full details:   Download flyer here.