La Fête des Cuisinières, Female Cooks Festival

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This year’s edition will take place on August 8th at 10 am in the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, in Pointe-à-Pitre.During the month of August, Guadeloupeans honor and celebrate female chefs, bastions of Creole culinary traditions, they are known as the “Professionals of the Mouth”.

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photo-jul-14-2-29-37-pmThe Chefs wear colorful traditional dress. Their headscarves and aprons are embroidered with their emblem: St Lawrence, Patron saint of cooks. The Chefs association was created in 2001, in honor of Saint-Lawrence, who was burned alive on a grill for refusing to give his church’s property to the State. Every year, the procession leads the Chefs toward the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedrals where their flowers and utensils are blessed. It marks the beginning of a wonderful parade in the streets of Pointe-à-Pitre. Sounds of bells and tap-tap (instrument used in the past to summon the house staff) announce the cortege: a beautiful procession of colors, scents and music…blessing-basket

The parade ends at the Amedee Fengarol School, for the occasion the school changes into a scrumptious restaurant!

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Photo Credit : Aurelien Brusini- Guadeloupe Islands at the Heart Photography Book

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