Introducing the Breadfruit Festival – A first of its kind in Saint Lucia

Held Under the Auspices of the Anglican Church

Bwa Pain et Chatayne

The Parish of Holy Trinity Anglican Church and St Mary the Virgin in La Caye Dennery, will observe Emancipation this year from Sunday 31st July to Saturday  6th August 2022.

The Strategic Planning team announces that in this year’s observance the National Theme “Enkindling our Consciousness” has been adopted. The team also announces several sub themes of the event. The Festival will feature lectures addressing subjects on peoples of African descent and the indigenous peoples during post Emancipation era.  The other sub themes include the exhibition which includes several sub themes:

Theme 1:   Historical background on Slavery and Emancipation via portrayal and educational medium including discussion and lectures

Theme 2:    Food Nutrition, Food Security and culinary benefits

Theme 3:    Manufactured items and uses of Bread-fruit and Breadnut (Bois Pain et Chatayne).

Theme 4:    The Way forward with future: research and sustainability of the event and a citation for Policy Makers.

Archdeacon Christian Glasgow, Head of the Anglican Church and Chair of the Committee says that the Breadfruit Festival, is specifically geared within the context of the Marks of Mission of the Anglican Church.  The marks of Mission are reflected thus:

The Five Marks of Mission
The mission of the Anglican Church is the mission of Christ.

1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

2. To teach, baptize and nurture new believers

3. To respond to human need by loving service

4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation

5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

First published in Anglican Communion News Service on 4 February 2020.

Archdeacon Glasgow explains that while the Marks of Mission are clear, the Church recognizes at the same time the issues of food security and food nutrition and how as a nation we ought to encourage the conduct of a behaviour that can assist with safeguarding of our environment in a sustainable manner.

The Breadfruit Festival which will be held at the Anglican school Annex on Holy Trinity Church Road in Castries. – the alma mater of Sir Arthur Lewis and several prominent Saint Lucians – will take the form of an exhibition, cooking demonstrations and a display of a range of bi-products from cottage type industries wines and liqueurs and display of Research material as well as entertainment from folklore groups.

David Jordan Chair of FRIEETAD in the OECS Inc and a member of the team, says that “The Church, in its celebration, will pay tribute to the Breadfruit and has coined the event a Breadfruit and Breadnut Festival which is the first of its kind. We recognize Breadfruit as a nutritional staple in people’s diet, which impacts positively on the health of the nation.  While this is a staple in the diet of many, it is now known that several cottage type industries have emerged   whether it is breadfruit flour and/or confectionery or the discovery of medicinal uses, as alternate medicine.  It is also noted that In the years  gone by,  furniture was produced from the breadfruit tree and even up till today it is still being done even though not as common as before.”

Cecil Charles a third member of the strategic planning team says “ we have a major role in carving out a niche in hosting such an event which has a powerful message to project in terms of feeding the nation and at the same time awakening the consciousness of our entire nation. The youth is of particular interest as we promote a message to include the youth and the entire nation “to eat what we grow.”  We cannot lose sight of this powerful message even if the event is competing for attention during the Carnival season.

The Strategic Planning team has announced that several private sector and public sector entities are supporting the event including major private sector and university research interests.  Jordan says that “for the 43rd independence Anniversary we paid attention to the Banana Festival and we were and still very happy to have seen the Ministry of Agriculture recognizing its critical role in replication of a Banana expo later in the year and subsequently hosting a Mango festival.   The Church in its mission was happy to blaze the trail in encouraging the population at large to collectively work together to address the needs of the country amidst the challenges we may have to face as a nation.”

The Anglican Church Community and the general public wishing to participate can still contact David Jordan 285 3260  or Cecil Charles  7300286 [email protected] or the church office 452 4485.

1 Comment

  1. why not to organize 5000 young Bredfruit plants from international agencys and plant them all over the island ? Talking alone don’t help much.

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