Taste your Caribbean: Caribbean Raizal Taste, the Slow Fish Caribe Campaign on Responsible Consumption
From November 5-9, 2018, members of the Slow Fish Caribe project* will participate in the 71st Annual Conference of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) on the island of San Andrés, Colombia.
During an institutional lunch on November 5, Slow Food, together with its Colombian partners (CORALINA and Fundación ACUA), and the European Union delegation in Colombia, will launch the campaign “Taste your Caribbean: Caribbean Raizal Taste”. The Raizal people inhabit the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. They have their own language (San Andrés-Providencia Creole) and culture, which developed from their African, European, and Caribbean roots. The Raizal community’s diverse ancestry is manifested in a strong cultural identity that differs from that of other Colombians.
The event will be attended by 40 representatives of national and international institutions from Australia, Barbados, Colombia, the United States, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, among other countries.
The “Taste your Caribbean: Caribbean Raizal Taste” campaign promotes the principles of responsible and sustainable consumption, which can contribute to the revitalization of emblematic local products; stimulates connections between small-scale producers and consumers; and encourages people to appreciate the gastronomic traditions, culture, and diversity of the territory.
The first event of the campaign will take place in San Andrés on November 2 within the framework of the Lion Fish Festival, thanks to the collaboration of the Secretary of Tourism of San Andrés. The principles of the campaign will be shared through exhibitions of products with territorial identity, emblematic gastronomic preparations of the islands, and traditional music. Cooks, musicians, and consumers will exchange knowledge and best practices in the framework of a Fair and Dance, a typical celebration of culture and solidarity in the archipelago.
At the same time, the ACUA Foundation will represent the members of the project at the Providencia Black Crab Festival (the crab is a Slow Food Presidium product), held every year with the aim of promoting and bringing visibility to this species, an important symbol of island gastronomy.
low Fish Caribe:
Strengthening conservation models and sustainable use in Caribbean protected areas linked to Slow Food is a project financed by the European Union and implemented in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, where the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve is located; and on the Mexican coast of Quintana Roo, where the Sian Ka’an and Banco Chichorro Biosphere Reserves are located. The campaign “Taste your Caribbean: Caribbean Raizal Taste” is developed within the framework of the Slow Fish Caribe project and will be launched in different areas, in collaboration with the partners of the Project: the Fundación Activos Culturales Afro (ACUA) and the Corporación para el Desarrollo Sostenible del Archipiélago de San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina (CORALINA) in Colombia; and the Colectividad Razonatura and Amigos de Sian Ka’an in Mexico.