Can you eat only foods grown, caught, or raised in Barbados for one week?
Slow Food® Barbados is challenging Barbadians to eat 100% local between September 4th – 10th, to raise awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods.
The Slow Seven Challenge aims to promote sustainable communities, healthy bodies and support local farmers and fishermen increasing our emphasis on locally sourced food and the benefits to our local economy, environment and community. Slow Food Barbados is a not-for- profit organization. It’s a community of like-minded individuals, farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, food producers, educators and foodies that have joined together to help build a stronger food system. This in turn enhances food security for our Island, supports communities, and cares for the environment in which we live.
“Due to the overwhelming success and support received during our first event last year, we are hoping to grow the movement to support local even more this year,” commented Julie McNeel, Director of Slow Food Barbados. “This year we want to incorporate a focus on our local fisheries as well. We do this by sharing information on sustainable fish options, as well as a list of local growers, fisherfolk, and producers in our Buyer’s Guide (available online), which we update every year.”
By participating in this challenge, you will you be:
• Regenerating our local food systems and supporting local economy
• Creating more demand for local food in Barbados, and in turn lowering our multi million dollar food import bill;
• Learning about locally sourced, produced and caught food, as well as the people who make every plate of food possible;
• Sharing and connecting with a community of foodies in Barbados!
• Increasing our Islands’ food security and sovereignty
If 7 days of only local food and drink seems too daunting, not to worry. It’s not an all-or-nothing challenge. The challenge is structured to encourage the beginners to join the very committed in this experience. The point is to experiment and increase awareness about the availability of locally produced foods and where to find them. Slow Food Barbados provides plenty of guidance, including a Buyer’s Guide to finding local products ranging from meats to cheeses to wines, along with daily recipes, markets and a list of local restaurants that are offering menu items that fit the Eat Local criteria.
Whether you want to try one locally sourced meal or take on the challenge of eating 100% Bajan for the week, you’re invited to be a part of the fun! There will be lots of prizes in store, recipes and community participation to help you along. Sign up to participate and you will receive an email with a FREE Barbados Buyer’s Guide (A list of local farmers, producers and fisherfolk), a suggested shopping list, participating restaurants and a resource with local recipes that you can try during the Slow Seven Challenge.