Cuba 50 is supported by the
Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Embassy,
ComoNo, Music Fund for Cuba, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Unison, Unite,
Thompsons Solicitors, Cuban Tourist Board and business, community and
cultural organisations based in the UK and Cuba.
Cuba50 logo thanks to Phill Pennington, image used in logo thanks to James Sparshatt www.capitalculture.eu
FOOD & LIFESTYLE
The ingredients of Cuban cuisine reflect the history of its people:
the black beans, corn, sweet potato and cassava grown by indigenous people; coffee and sugar brought by the Spanish colonisers in the 15th century; plantain and okra brought by African slaves; rice was possibly introduced to feed the huge numbers of slaves working on sugar plantations; French plantation owners fleeing the Haitian revolution introduced greater cultivation of coffee.
A typical fiesta such as New Year's Eve will be celebrated with roast pork served with Congrí rice (rice cooked with black beans), fried plantain, cassava with mojo de ajo (garlic oil) alongside avocado salad and desserts made from guava, coconut or pineapple, followed by coffee, local rum and the optional cigar (made from indigenous Cuban tobacco, of course).