BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Taking creativity to a new level, a Barbadian art gallery is mixing delicious local foods with its expansive line of inspirational artwork.
It’s the gallery’s contribution to building awareness about the importance of eating healthy, and less expensive, local foods, a move being supported by the Barbados food industry.
Local art gallery, Manipura is celebrating the diversity of local foods this year by staging twice monthly Manipura Mixers – fun-filled, educational events showcasing healthy and tasty foods while patrons take in the inspiring Caribbean art on display.
Manipura’s Annalee Davis wants these events to stimulate market demand for locally-made foods as well as the creativity displayed in regional art. “I believe if we knew the options that were available locally and encouraged nationals to support our own producers, our dependence on imported products would decrease and the local economy would benefit,” she said.
The visual artist and Bim Ventures entrepreneur reported that given the increased cases of wheat intolerance and food allergies, Barbadians are learning that there are cassava-based products which are both tasty and wheat-free.
“Our first three Mixers with I Am Pure foods (producers of wheat-free, cassava-based baked goods), SinnfullySweetCreations (creators of healthy dark chocolate), and Went Caribbean Inc. (producers of WentWorx healthy aromatic spice blends for “New Caribbean Cuisine”) were well patronised and have demonstrated a popular demand for healthy options,” said Davis.
Davis, an artist for more than two decades, believes smart partnerships with the culinary arts sector will promote healthier diets and lifestyles while reducing the incidence of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.
I Am Pure Foods on display – one of the partners at a recent Manipura Mixer.
Photograph available at: http://tinyurl.com/iampurefoods
About Manipura Inc.
Manipura Inc. provides a unique Caribbean experience through imagery and discussion of issues of the day. The company manages two artistic brands – Annalee Davis, a contemporary body of work that looks critically at contemporary Caribbean society; and Manipura, an inspirational line of Caribbean artwork that celebrates the beauty of the region’s archipelago. The range of products offered includes paintings, limited edition prints, home decor, installations and objects. For more information visit www.manipurainc.com and www.annaleedavis.com.
About Barbados Business Enterprise Corp.
Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC) is a public/private sector partnership with the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust (CBET) Inc. BBEC manages the Barbados Revolving Seed Capital Fund and the Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund. BBEC is a virtual organisation that focuses on promoting economic development in Barbados. The trustees of BBEC are respected Barbadian business and development experts, Sir Neville Nicholls (Chairman), Sir Stephen Emtage, Peter Boos and Hazel Highland.
For further information, visit www.bimventures.com