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2015 Waning Skills Expo focuses on authentic Jamaican foods

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 3:22 PM
Students pay close attention to the traditional candy-making being ledt by Fay Thomas.
Students pay close attention to the traditional candy-making being ledt by Fay Thomas.

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture hosted its annual waning skills social-outreach programme under the theme, 'Traditional Jamaican Food: Learn, Explore and Taste' on Thursday, November 19.

Waning Skills 2015 showcased an engaging programme of lectures and displays on traditional Jamaican foods, gardening methods, religious use, nutritional and medicinal values at the IOJ's East Street complex.

Exhibitors encouraged members of the public that were gathered at the venue to explore entrepreneurial opportunities from these waning skills that were on display.

Participants, both young and old, enjoyed classic ol' time Jamaican desserts such as peanut cake, gizzadas, grater cake, coconut biscuits, tamarind balls and mouth-watering cornmeal and cassava puddings.

Shouts of ooos and aaas rippled across the Institute of Jamaica during the 2015 Waning Skills Expo, as onlookers watched live demonstrations of candy making by Fay Thomas and Yabba pots by renown potter, Phillip Supersad.

Exhibitors include Bad Dawg Sausages and Natural Healing Foundation.

Impressed with the interest and turnout, vice-chair of IOJ's Outreach Committee, Stephanie Rose, explained that the event is dedicated to exploring and celebrating crafts that were once a popular part of our Jamaican culture.

The free event hosted by the Institute as part of its social-outreach programme was attended by about 500 food enthusiasts and heritage lovers from across the island.

The IOJ functions as a national agency for the preservation of Jamaica's heritage, and aims to stimulate thorough research and reflection on all aspects of Jamaica's culture. The Institute conducts major educational programmes including outreach activities at all levels of the education system and in communities islandwide.