Want a taste of D’Sweet Life? That’s what patrons will get at the inaugural Sweet Life Folk Fair on December 12th at Sweetfield Manor on Brittons New Road. The food and fun exposition will highlight the links between tourism and agriculture.
The sponsor of the event is the local office of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and is a direct response to the new mandate of Caribbean Heads of Government to help the agricultural sector meet its challenges through better technical support in agricultural development, food security and rural prosperity.
The IICA also plays a major role in stimulating culinary tourism, building stronger relationships between farmers and local chefs. This, the organisation says, is vital to the growth of local farmers and a unique tourism product.
The IICA’s strategic partners have shown keen interest in the venture, with support coming from the BAS, the National Union of Farmers, The Ministry of Tourism and Association for Women in Agriculture, AWIA.
Well-known chefs Max Benz of the Savannah Hotel and Peter Edey will be among those whose imaginative use of local produce will be showcased. There will also be a focus on Health and Wellness, and entertainment from top soca artists Mr Dale and Mikey, Sing Out Barbados, Tuk Bands and Mother Sally characters. The December 12th Sweet Life Food Fair runs from 1 to 7, and patrons will also have the opportunity to tour Sweetfield Manor.