Slow Food Uganda Vegetable Festival 2019 is to kick off this Friday!
Celebrating Uganda’s Diverse Vegetables
The fifth edition of Slow Food Uganda Vegetable Festival 2019 will take place on Friday 26th July 2019 at Ngogwe Sub County Headquarters in Buikwe District from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
The event is organized to celebrate the diversity of Uganda’s indigenous vegetables by providing a discussion platform to the communities on how to produce, preserve, and promote such vegetables for improved dietary diversity. The theme of the event is “Rediscovering Indigenous Vegetables for Improved Dietary Habits and Crop Diversity Conservation”
The event will attract producers from Terra Madre food communities, in Buikwe and neighboring districts, schools, universities, CSO, smallholder farmers, Youth and Women groups, Media, Leaders, and the general public.
The event will start with an opening ceremony at the presence of the Ssekiboobo, (Ssaza Kyagwe county cultural leader), leaders from Buikwe district, Productions Officer, Chairperson LC3 Ngogwe Sub County, Slow Food Uganda team and the partner organizations.
Visitors will be able to explore the traditional and indigenous vegetables at the biodiversity corner as well as through tastings, conferences, and meetings. The Vegetable Festival program includes workshops for sharing experiences on indigenous vegetables from the garden to the plate. There will be explanations of cultivation methods, harvesting methods, preservation methods, and medicinal uses of different vegetable varieties.
The event will develop in different areas:
Biodiversity Tent – An area displaying products from Terra Madre food communities and the Ark of Taste catalogue of traditional foods and vegetables at risk of extinction. In Uganda, the Ark of Taste already contains more than 32 products.
Terra Madre Kitchen – Stands with different traditional vegetable varieties and materials used in preparation and preservation
Slow Food Uganda Pavilion – An exhibition of the work and projects in the Slow Food Uganda network.
Conferences and Debate – Participants will discuss and debate about possibilities of promoting vegetable production and consumption among communities and as they give their views on other issues during random interviews conducted by the Slow Food Youth Network members.
Cooking Contest and Food Education – Children will be involved in a contest of cooking and preparing vegetables.