Alongside language, sharing food is one of the most important ways to understand a culture.
To coincide with the International Day of Families, we recently held our first ‘Festival De Sabores’ food festival. The event was a success in bringing HOOP students, families and our volunteers from different backgrounds together in a fun setting – helping us understand different cultures, through a celebration of food.
Our ‘Festival de Sabores’ was part of our Community Development program, where we’re working to host more events in the community to integrate students, their families and the wider community.
HOOP mothers spent Sunday morning at their homes, working together in small groups to prepare typical local dishes. HOOP staff and volunteers were doing the same at their hostels and homes, making international dishes for the families to sample.
Volunteers helped bring in tables from the school, food was arranged with care, and colourful signage was hung up over each stall. Typical Arequipenan weather brought plenty of Sunday sunshine, and a long line of hungry patrons too.
Our volunteers were salivating over the Pastel de Papas and Lomo Saltado, while HOOP families filled their plates with lasagna and ‘bangers and mash’ made by some of our English volunteers.
HOOPster Tom made his famous Chilli which definitely worked its disappearing act during the afternoon, while Justine, our Program Assistant from Brittany in France worked her magic on a typical savoury French cake.
After bellies were filled and plates were empty, HOOP mothers and dads had the opportunity to play a friendly game of soccer with some of our staff, while kids had fun having their face painted and participating in a three legged race.
As the sun set over Misti, and a great day of sharing food and good times – we’re all definitely devising over what we’re cooking for our next community event.