Peaceful flavors of Colombia
Mama Lucy, as she is affectionately known, is an internationally renowned Colombian chef. Lucy Trigidia Chow was in South Africa to present Colombian Cuisine at the first ever Colombian Food Festival that took place in Pretoria/Tshwane. Lucy Trigidia Chow, is from the islands of San Andres and since 2004 started imparting knowledge about the gastronomic diversity that Colombia has to offer.
Photo: H.E Dr Maria Eugenia Correa Olarte, Ambassador of Colombia to South Africa welcomes guests to the opening
Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world giving rise to a rich cultural heritage. Colombian territory encompasses the Amazon rainforest, tropical grassland and both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. The urban centres are mostly located in the highlands of the Andes mountains.
At the opening of the Colombian Flavours Food Festival H.E Dr Maria Eugenia Correa Olarte, Ambassador of Colombia to South Africa explained the historic link between Africa and Colombia stating that there are around 10 million people of African descent in Colombia. She said that this fusion of Latin and African heritage has created an art and culture that is unique to Colombia.
Photo: Mama Lucy and Miguel Dario Clavijo McCormick from the Colombian Embassy pictured centre with models dressed in the colours of the Colombian flag.
Mama Lucy prepared traditional and exotic dishes showcasing the gastronomical diversity of Colombia’s various regions. Dishes like Fish Empanadas from the Insular Caribbean, Cazuela de Mariscos and Pollo Gritador from Tolima and Huila and of course White Pork Loin and Colombian Pudding from the famous Coffee Triangle were prepared to tantalise tasetbuds.
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos was recently awarded the Noble Prize for Peace, this after an agreement with The Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) Chief Rodrigo Londono ended the conflict between Colombian government forces and the rebels which raged for over half a century.
Winning the peace will allow Colombians a renewed opportunity to build a united nation while preserving a unique culture and tradition of this Latin American and Caribbean nation.