UVI’s 2013 World Food Day is planned on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. Highlighting the day will be the sixth-annual 4-H Youth Super Chef Competition, which brings out teams of junior and senior high school students competing to see which can produce the best meals using only provided ingredients. The day will also include a “Melon Spree Competition” and workshops focusing on avocados, cucurbits (in the melon family), butternut squash and aquaculture systems for the USVI. Workshop participants will get free samples of dishes featuring these crops. Free vegetable seedlings will also be distributed.
A court for food vendors, a farmers market and petting zoo are planned. Tours of UVI’s Agricultural Experiment field facilities will also be offered. Entertainment will include music by the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra, the UVI Albert Sheen Campus Band and DJ Porter, with performances by the Guardians of Culture moko jumbies and St. Croix Martial Arts. The entrance fee is a non-perishable food item for the day’s food drive. Donations will be provided to local food banks.
World Food Day is sponsored by UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service, the UVI Agricultural Experiment Station and the V.I. Department of Agriculture. Participating sponsors are Plaza Extra and Home Depot. For more information, call Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.