Local Committee on Hunt for New National Dish
After decades without an officially recognized national dish for Dominica, the National Emblems Committee in collaboration with the Independence Committee has launched a campaign, in an effort to select an official national dish.
Mr. Raymond Lawrence, Chairman of the Independence Committee and member of the National Emblems Committee said, the Mountain Chicken or Crapaud, was accepted by Dominicans as the national dish, but it was never officially documented.
Despite the measure put in place by law since 2002 to protect the species, there has been a rapid decline in recent years due to diseases stated Mr. Lawrence.
The project will gather recommendations from the public about the national dish ideas for Dominica.
In an initial radio programme, persons identified dishes, including Callalou, Sancoche and Broth with Callalou being the most popular of the three.
Other suggestions were, Roast Breadfruit and Codfish or Smoke Herring, Manicou, and Agouti amongst others.
Mr. Lawrence gave a summary on the criteria for the new national dish.
He said, although a dish may be popular they do not want one that is complicated to prepare.
Mr. Lawrence noted, after gathering all suggestions from the public they will select the top three choices to be submitted to Cabinet, and the final dish will be chosen.
In order that we come to an agreement Hotels, Restaurants, Guest Houses and the public, all have a role to play in the selection of the new national dish, said Mr. Lawrence.
He is also urging the public to cooperate with the surveys they will have to conduct during this process.