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ZANGALEWA UWI Fete gives taste of Africa
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
After another sell-out year in 2011, the UWI Fete, the original all-inclusive, celebrates 22 years, on January 22 with a journey to Africa. Established in 1991, UWI Fete is the cornerstone of the UWI Development and Endowment Fund. Over 3,000 bursaries have been awarded by the fund to promote academic excellence, to assist deserving students and to facilitate student interchange between the campuses of the University of the West Indies. The theme for this year’s much anticipated fete is Zangalewa, which will bring the rich cultures of Africa, the land of festivals, to life for guests with exotic offerings of music, food, drinks, and décor by Randal Halfhide of Another Idea. Guests can start the day with brunch that will include an array of local classics. The chefs will make sure that UWI Fete’s guests experience the very best in food, including a tantalising mix of authentic African cuisine. And, of course, Zangalewa guests can also feast on Arabic, Indo, Creole and international culinary delights. “Last year we reintroduced two stages and it worked so well we are doing it again,” the fete’s chairman Dennis Ramdeen confirmed. “The additional stage allows us to enhance our guest experience by providing more space and comfort to party-goers and we are really focused on that. In fact, we will also be adding large screens so that visitors to Zangalewa don’t miss a beat”, Ramdeen added.
The entertainment line-up includes Kes The Band, Karma, Dil-E-Nidan, Dr Roy Cape and his All Stars, with a special back-in-times session featuring Shadow, Nelson, Dr Stalin and Ronnie McIntosh. Recently the University of the West Indies conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree upon Roy Cape in recognition of his contributions to Caribbean music over the past 52 years. “This doctorate really comes as such a surprise to me and I am very elated and honoured to have been chosen to receive it by the people of the university and to know that the academic fraternity considers what I have done over the years to be worthy of such recognition and reward,” Cape said. Cape and his band is the longest serving band at UWI fete and will be doing something special for Zangalewa. For UWI Fete 2012 ticket info, call Alana Campbell-John at UWI Student Advisory Services, St Augustine: 662-2002 ext 82326; or Nastassia Maharaj at Pepper Advertising, Newtown, POS, 622-2762/6502.
Zangalewa acts in order of appearance are
• Rhapsody New Generation:
2 pm–3 pm, Stage 1
• Roy Cape All Stars:
3 pm–4 pm, Stage 2
• Karma: 4 pm–5 pm, Stage 1
5 pm–6 pm, Stage 2
• Kes: 6.30 to 7.30 pm, Stage 1
6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Stage 2
Zangalewa—What’s on the menu? The chefs in the Zangalewa kitchen have been challenged to delight your taste buds. Here’s a peek at some of the treats you can expect :
Moi moi & plantain, melon soup/fufu, okra soup and fufu, pepper soup, jollof rice and chicken, ofada rice, honey born beans and beef.
Injara with peas and chicken, kinche—brown rice/barley or asa—fish.
Arabic lamb or fish, moussaka, festival rice and salad.
Jamaican rice & peas, plantain tum tum balls, or picante fish or pepper pork, salad
Curried goat, channa and aloo, pumpkin, buss-up-shot and “mother in law” served on a suhari leaf.
Chicken parmesan, pan seared fish sautéed in garlic butter, fettuccini, penne pasta, creamy alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, garlic bread, green salad
Moroccan lamb, cabbage rice (Lahanorizo), Greek-style peas (Arakas), Greek roasted red potato or Greek fish steaks (Galeos Skordalia) and Greek salad (Horiatiki Salata) and, of course, a sea of finger foods like Maracas bake and shark, ribs, dumplings stuffed with crab in a curry sauce, roast pork and more.
Come and dine well at Zangalewa.