The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) would like to see more schools entering the NIFCA Culinary Arts Exhibition.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, on Saturday at the annual Exhibition, Festival Events Planner with the NCF, Karen Pestaina, said only about five schools entered this year, due financial constraints, among other reasons.
She said two primary, and two secondary schools entered the 2018 edition of the Exhibition.
“We had started off with eight schools originally. So we have to do more with encouraging the schools, and hosting workshops to encourage more people. Usually we would have seven to eight schools participating. And this year, many of those schools were interested in participating, but they couldn’t get what they needed together and they had to withdraw,” Pestaina said.
As it relates to enhancing the Exhibition in the future, the Events Planner explained that more Barbadians need to enter their creative pieces that were created from locally produced foods.
“Every home owner cooks. When I say culinary arts, you may cook a normal macaroni pie but you may put in mushrooms, or so. Anything like that you can enter into the culinary arts competition. You do not have to be a professional, not even if it is a hobby. I would like to see more people bring out sweet bread and some of our national dishes, like Cou Cou and so on,” Pestaina said.
“But at the same time, I must say that I am really impressed with the local products that have been used in the wines and the preserves. It is good to see that gooseberry, which is dying in Barbados, people are still keeping it alive through the food art form. I would encourage people to do even more with that.”
Those who visited the Exhibition got the opportunity to see a variety of food and drinks that can be made from locally grown fruits, produce, and even plants.
Some were pleased to see the traditional Barbadian sweet bread, while others were impressed by the “breadfruit ice cream”, and the liqueur made from the Bajan Pride flower. (AH)