The Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair was filled with juicy, plump and delicious fruits and vegetables that were locally grown at Bordeaux in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands! The farmers and vendors were stationed all throughout the market.
Pineapples, a variety bush teas, mangoes, a plethora of leafy vegetables including collard greens, spinach, and kale and were some of the fresh produce that were available for sale. It was the perfect place to buy organic foods and naturally made medicines to cure various ailments as well.
For those of you who attended the Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair in search of educational enlightenment, you came to the right place. There were guest speakers such as Ras Bobby who shared multiple testimonies of people who were sick and used natural remedies to nurse themselves back to good health. I listened to a few of them including stories of women who were once barren and now are mother’s; and how people who suffered from anaemia became healed after changing from an omnivore diet to a vegan diet. All of the testimonies had the resounding theme of how eating healthy can prolong one’s life and improve its quality. The message was very informative, and it was cool!
Are you feeling hungry for a healthy vegan meal? That’s great! At the Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair, there were vegetarian meals for purchase! I ordered a delectable dish from the booth hosted by Nevon DeCastro also known as “Ras Imani” from UJahma Nature Foods. Although he was voted to be the “Farmer of the Year” in 2016, Daniel “Ras Nashamba” Crabbe secured the 2017 title for the We Grow Food 20th Annual Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair.
The meal that I ordered from Ras Imani comprised of tastily fried cauliflower that dipped in a crunchy batter served with sides such as brown rice, plantains, pea’s balls and barbeque tofu. It was delicious! Additional items on the UJahma Nature Foods’ menu included pumpkin soup, “Ital” and fruit juices such as passion fruit, sorrel, and mauby. The vegetarian food was prepared and served out in large yabba pots.
Although the food was a significant part of this fair, there was also a variety locally made items for sale. Vendors sold handmade jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Additionally, there were plaques to hang on the walls and ornaments to put on your living room table. There were paintings, decorated baskets, and hand sewn clothes designed with the colors red, gold and green.
Overall, I had a wonderful time at the Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair! The fair is an annual two-day event that takes place in the middle of January; so if you missed it be sure to attend next year!
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