Vegan experience for Mother's Day
Renowned vegan chef and restaurateur Yvonne 'Ashanti' Hope is hosting a vegan experience at the Ashanti Vegetarian Restaurant on Braemar Avenue, New Kingston, on Sunday, May 14. Dubbed 'Celebrating All Mothers', it begins at 11:30 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. There will be over 20 vegan dishes, as well as desserts.
A favourite is the veggie balls, enhanced by Hope's signature Ashanti sauce. Other preferred meals include her curried jackfruit, ackee, steamed callaloo, peppered gluten, stuffed tofu with a fruit sauce. The vegan chef says she strives to use mostly local ingredients, only using imported inputs where no other option is available.
The expanded menu now includes gluten-free and wheat-free selections. Rice is also taking a back seat, "We are also now baking our bread in-house instead of ordering it, so we can monitor exactly what is being put in it," Hope said.
Beverages include cane juice, coconut water, orange juice, green juices and apple juice made with locally grown produce.
May 15 deadline for film festival entries
The deadline for film-makers wishing to submit a film for screening at the 12th edition of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) is May 15. A rough cut will be considered. The festival will be held from September 19 - 26.
The festival accepts submissions from Caribbean film-makers, Caribbean film-makers in the diaspora and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora. Submissions must have been produced after January 1, 2015.
All submissions must be made online, via the ttff visitor page at https://vp.eventival.eu/ttff/2017.
There is no submission fee.
The ttff celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities. For further information, visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.
Raging Fyah remixes single
From their Grammy-nominated album Everlasting, Raging Fyah will release the remixed single, Would You Love Me, featuring Brazil's Cidade Negra. It will be available on all digital music platforms on May 12. The two acts bring together a distinctive blend of reggae in time for Brazil's National Reggae Day celebrations.
Cidade Negra came together in 1986 and found success in the 1990s with albums Sobre Todas as Forcas and O Ere. They perform in Portuguese and English on Would You Love Me.
Produced by Riff Raff and written by Raging Fyah, in collaboration with Cidade Negra, Would You Love Me (remix) explores the nuances of materialism in relationships, posing the question: "If I gave you everything I own, would you love me?"
Raging Fyah was nominated in the Best Reggae Album category for the 2017 Grammy Awards, which aired on February 12. The band is currently gearing up for an opening slot on the UB40 summer tour, commencing in Inverness, UK, on May 19 and ending in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 29.