Taste your Caribbean: Caribbean Raizal Taste, the Slow Fish Caribe Campaign on Responsible Consumption

The campaign will develop initiatives to promote the gastronomic culture and local products of Colombia’s Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

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.

* Slow 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.

For more information please contact:

Project Coordinator in Colombia

Liliana Vargas: [email protected] – +57 3012144838

Slow Food International Press Office: internation[email protected]

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries.

La Corporación para el Desarrollo Sostenible del Archipiélago de San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina (CORALINA) is a public entity that acts as the highest environmental authority in its territory, executing national environmental policies, plans and programs. In order to protect natural resources, it controls and monitors the use of water, soil and air. 

The Fundación Activos Culturales Afro – ACUA – is a non-profit entity created as a program of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 2007 and it became a foundation in 2010. Since 2008, in Colombia, this institution has been supporting productive ventures of cultural assets in rural communities of African descent, especially in the Pacific Region and the Caribbean Region. To date, more than 100 productive units in cultural assets have been supported.

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