With this year’s Agrofest focusing on the theme of healthy lifestyles, the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), in collaboration with the National Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Commission, will host a Food Vendors Workshop on the topic next week for persons involved in the three-day national exhibition.

It will take place on Tuesday, January 11, at the Dining Club, Newton, Christ Church, starting at 9:30 a.m.

The half-day seminar will address the link between food, cooking, and healthy lifestyles, with presentations by Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Trevor Hassell and Nutritionist, Julian Rowe. The latter will speak on the topics ???How to Recognise Sodium Levels in Products’, and ???How to Reduce Salt in your Cooking’. There will also be a cooking demonstration by Chef, Peter Edey.

Vendors will be sensitised to the benefits of using locally grown produce, particularly in the control, prevention and reduction of chronic non-communicable diseases; and they will explore new, creative and healthy methods of preparing meals.

The workshop is also a precursor to a special competition for food vendors which will be held during Agrofest 2011. Participants will be judged on their use of healthy, local ingredients and/or the methods used to prepare their dishes.

Agrofest 2011 will run from Friday, February 25 until Sunday, February 27 at Queen’s Park.

The theme for this year is ???Achieving Healthy Lifestyles through Agriculture’ and Coordinators, the BAS, will be working with the National Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Commission throughout the coming weeks to bring awareness to the importance of agriculture to healthy living.


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