Culture explored through food

Editor: The Standard

The Fraser Cascade area is celebrating the diversity that exists in our rural communities through art and food!

The Food Event will celebrate food – its range and its culture this Saturday, Feb. 19.

The theme of the event is to celebrate food as an art form while celebrating the diversity of cultures it presents. Food can say a lot about a person’s background and culture – how it was prepared and the ingredients alone can indicate whether or not it was a staple of their diet, or created only for special occasions.

The event is designed as a tasting event. The idea is to get people mingling over food. They will walk to one table, try a bit and ask them about it. It is remarkable how much a dish from your past can tell about you, as a person, and about your culture.

The Food Event will be held at the SOCIA building in Hope (895 3rd Ave) and will run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is open to anyone in the public, as well as businesses, to celebrate food and culture. You don’t have to prepare a dish to participate – you can just show up. If you can pre-register and let me know what you plan to bring, that would be a bonus.

The recipes, and the stories behind them, will be published in a recipe book or compilation that will be made available to the public. The food you prepare can be anything – something that means something to you, or was a favourite family dish that your grandmother made. Really, it can be anything.

The Food Event is the second of a series of three events that celebrate Rural Diversity through art and food. The series of events is organized by Trails Crossing Friendship Centre and funded through the BC Spirit Festival. “The art forum is the first of these events. Our goal is to encourage artists, businesses, groups and people to come out and network with one another, to show their art form, and to mingle with the community.

For more information, or to register, call me at 604 869 2279 or email Darla@freereinassociates.ca.

Darla Dickinson, event administrator