According to Marketing Officer Alphonso Clarke, the Eat Local Day is all about promoting the use of everything that is grown and produced in St. Kitts and Nevis “in an effort to place the spotlight on the health benefits of eating locally produced meats, fruits and vegetables”. Featured also will be locally made drinks from fruits and produce, and the St. Kitts Agro Processors and the Fahies Agricultural Women Cooperative are among many of the vendors participating this year.
The popularity of the event is growing, he said, and this year it shows in the participation.
Clarke told MiyVue.com, “The response this year has been excellent. Participation has increased almost by a hundred percent. There will be caterers providing a variety of local goods, however there also will be stewed rabbit…Persons can look forward to having a variety of dishes, especially our visitors who are going to be here for the Music Festival and CPL cricket.”
Clarke points to the need to get residents become more interested and familiar in the use of locally grown produce in the creation of tasty dishes. “It is also food and nutrition security,” he said, “and to provide an avenue for promotion of agricultural projects.” The Department of Agriculture has been pushing the FAO sponsored ‘Breadfruit and Breadnut Project’ to increase its use and to demonstrate the versatility of the fruit to persons interested in agro-processing.
Eat Local Day was founded in 2007 by Alistair Edwards, the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.