King Edwards Festival of Culture

Another Fantastic Festival of Cultures at King Edward IV School

This July saw the Island Delight team back at King Edward IV Aston School to play our part in their annual Festival of Cultures.

This is third year in a row we’ve been along to give the kids a taste of Caribbean culture and cooking and it went fantastically once more, inspiring the kids to try our fantastically flavourful cuisine.

This year Simon Noble attended the event to represent our company once more and gave the kids a live demo of pattie making. Taking along pastry and ready-made pattie filling the children had the chance to make their own patties as well as giving an interesting and educational talk on each ingredient and its role in the origin of the pattie, the world’s original fusion food. The children learned all about how Cornish sailors, East African slaves and later Indian and Chinese indentured workers all came together, bringing all the exotic flavours needed for a flavourful pattie. They also get the chance to learn our light-hearted tongue-in-cheek version of one of the Jamaica’s most famous mottos: ‘Out of many, one pattie!’

Bringing the talk into the 21st century, the children also had the chance to learn all about how our company has developed and how our products are made and how there are many opportunities in the food industry for people with a love for their own cuisine and even in processing and design. Our experience in the food industry came from a love of traditional Jamaican food and the desire to share it with a new market and wider community.

King Edwards Festival of Culture

The Festival of Culture has been part of the school’s academic calendar for nearly 20 years and brings together a wide range of different cultural communities, most of whom are represented in the pupil population or in the local community.

The school day is split into sections to allow the pupils to experience different cultural experiences with workshops available, just like ours, and also from other community groups offering all kinds of workshop opportunities such as gospel singing, origami, American football and bhangra dancing. Our food was available this year and in previous years alongside offerings from the Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisines.

Each year we are impressed by the scale of the event the school is able to put on and are really proud to be part of such a hugely important cultural lesson for the pupils of the school. So much so that we are pleased to say we have been invited back for 2016 and we certainly hope to attend.

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