Friday 27 November, 2020

Tobago's Blue Food Festival goes virtual with several activities

The Tobago Blue Food Festival focuses on the benefits of the dasheen plant.

The Tobago Blue Food Festival focuses on the benefits of the dasheen plant.

Tobago's annual Blue Food Festival is on and taking place in the virtual space. 

Now in its 23rd year, the Festival focuses on the benefits and versatility of the dasheen plant.

While Covid-19 continues to hamper the existence of large public gatherings, the Tobago Festivals Commission has found a way to deliver content to viewers at home.

Following the success of the digital content produced for the Tobago Heritage Festival, this year’s Blue Food Festival will follow a similar format.

Chairman of the Tobago Festivals Commission Limited Dr. Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus stated that ‘the Board of Directors felt it was important to still have a presence of a Blue Food experience despite the Covid-19 restrictions’.

Viewers can look forward to interactive and informative content which allows them to unleash their creativity, edify themselves, as well as be provided with the opportunity to vie for several cash prizes up for grabs.

The activities include a four-part step by step cooking series detailing the preparation of various blue food dishes/items. Episodes will feature representatives from the respective villages, and viewers will be encouraged to cook along in each episode for the opportunity to win prizes. 

Also included this year, is an online ‘extempo’ competition where performers will be tested on their ability to match their lyrical skills with the Festival’s meaning.

The anticipated Blue Day Challenge will make an appearance and will be an open online competition where individuals or groups are encouraged to submit their best representation or interpretation of Blue Day for judging.                           

Another widely-anticipated aspect of this year’s event is a documentary on the development and evolution of the Festival over the years, featuring several institutional players of the event.

A mobile treasure hunt will also take place, where teams will traverse the communities of L’anse Fourmi, Parlatuvier and Bloody Bay in search of clues relative to the Festival.

This event will be strictly managed to ensure that all health and safety protocols are in place relative to Covid-19.

The activities proposed are expected to expose the Festival, and the island of Tobago, to a wider, more diverse audience, by utilizing various social and traditional media platforms.

Further information on all Blue Food 2020 activities can be found on the Commission’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube social pages via the handle @tobagofestivals.

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