Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, firmly believes that much of Barbadian history lies in the island’s cuisine.
He expressed that view during his remarks at the recent official opening of the NIFCA Culinary Arts Exhibition.
Alluding to the inclusion of the culinary arts within the cultural industries, he said: “We could not fail to do so. The preparation of our food has always been a very important aspect of our culture. And so, we must be proud and we must be ready to share our cuisine with the world. We must be confident enough to serve authentic conkies, cou-cou and steamed flying fish, macaroni pie, pudding and souse – in the most prestigious restaurants.”
The Culture Minister added that just as other countries have successfully utilised their local cuisine as a tourism marketing tool, Barbados could also be promoted as a place where visitors could come and enjoy food.
This development, he pointed out, would “undoubtedly make great savings on our food importation bill”.
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