Pastelles potrayed as T&T's 'most famous dish' in UN tourism project
Photo courtesy Trinidad Tourism Limited.
Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) recently participated in a campaign launched by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to promote gastronomy as an essential component of the tourism industry.
The gastronomic project is part of the #TravelTomorrow campaign that seeks to highlight the fundamental and enduring value of tourism, including the culinary heritage of UNWTO member countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In support, chefs from around the world shared their local recipes, giving a taste of what can be expected once travel resumes.
As part of the project, each member country portrayed its most famous dish. Tourism Trinidad selected pastelles, a signature Christmas dish which resonates with indigenous and Spanish ancestry and reflects the culture, heritage, traditions and the community's sense of belonging as outlined in the UNWTO's guidelines.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Trinidad, Heidi Alert said: “gastronomy tourism has the strong potential to economically empower the most vulnerable groups such as women, youth, and indigenous and rural communities.
Lopinot was such a natural choice for this project as the community possesses such picturesque beauty, a wealth of history and a rich authentic cultural heritage that are reflective of the heart of tourism. The video of Lopinot pastelle preparation epitomises the indigenous ingredients that are part and parcel of Trini pastelles, preservation of culinary traditions and parang music that is synonymous with the community”.
UNWTO released member countries’ gastronomic videos last Friday in commemoration of Sustainable Gastronomic Day.
Several worldwide destinations are now preparing to restart tourism by leveraging the sector which will play a key role in the Government's efforts to revitalise their hard-hit tourism industries.
The Lopinot three-minute pastelles video can be accessed on the UNWTO landing site at https://www.unwto.org/american-cuisine as well as Tourism Trinidad's Facebook Page @StayTnT.