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Pigeon peas ice-cream? Get ready for Pigeon Peas Festival 2022

All over the world, there are festivals of one kind or another. India is reputed to be the country with the most festivals, and Nigeria has at least one for every day of the year. Here in this country, we have our own fair share with Carnival, Christmas, Mango, Ice-cream, Blue Food and the list goes on.

However, did you know that for seven years, there has been a Pigeon Peas Festival? It began as the Covigne Pigeon Peas Festival, and this little-known event has attracted the eyes, the ears and participation of some important persons.

Her Excellency President Paula-Mae Weekes and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley have all been entertained over the years by delicious and tasty creations.

In 2015, a small NGO, after pursuing a community project, began this indigenous event to showcase the various ways, especially food made from pigeon peas.

Over the years, residents of Diego Martin and Covigne in particular, have given patrons punch, wine, doubles, pholourie, lasagna, pizza, bread, cakes, sweet bread and even some innovative and mouth-watering products like pigeon peas milk, ice-cream, and liquor.

Not to be left out at the festival are the regular dishes: pelau, soups, curry, and stewed pigeon peas, accra, roti and much more.

This Festival was held every year, about two weeks before Carnival, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year it is being held later.

On Saturday, April 2 and Sunday 3 at the St John’s Parish Hall in Church Street, Diego Martin,  many more patrons will come together to participate and enjoy new and not-so-new dishes.

Over the years, we have been granted permission to use this venue by both past and present parish priests of St John the Evangelist RC.

This year an entrance fee of $20 would allow patrons to attend, sample and participate in this novel event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. All Covid protocols will be in effect. —Errol Joseph