New home for NIFCA Culinary Arts?

The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Culinary Arts could soon have a new home.

The event was relocated to the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this year due to the unavailability of the Wildey Gymnasium, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Cranston Browne said he believed the venue worked this year.

“Every year we try to meet with our stakeholders and tweak accordingly. I think that next year we will try to keep Culinary here again. I think the venue works and off hand I cant say of any changes but we will have to have a little review and see if anything didn’t go as planned and going forward we can tweak to suit,” he said.

Lord Zen was on hand to share his popular Lord Zen bakes.

Browne told Barbados TODAY he was pleased with today’s turnout.

“This venue has a more intimate feeling given the size of the venue. And for the 50th anniversary I think we have a bigger turnout. I’m very happy with the support from our stakeholders and others who take part in NIFCA. I think that having the culinary along with the visual arts and photography in one venue is also a plus. I’m very happy,” the CEO added.

Browne said he was also pleased with the quality of entries this year across all disciplines.

“I think we have had a lot more entries and the quality is also up. I was very impressed with the visual arts this year and the performing arts as well. This year we had some really good entries,” Browne said.

NCF’s Simone Codrington with a young clown.

Like previous editions, the celebrity cook-off was the main feature at this year’s culinary arts showcase. It featured reigning calypso monarch Aziza, comedian Lord Zen, King and Queen of the Crop Grantley Hurley and Judy Cumberbatch, spoken word artiste Janine White, Bashment Soca king Stiffy and many other entertainers, artistes and officials.

They created a variety of dishes ranging from Cow Heel and Barley Soup, Steamed Green Banana and Pickled Pork, Conkies and Breadfruit.

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