Kids in Hong Kong love a Food Revolution!
April 25, 2014
Beatrice Chan is a Food Revolution Day ambassador in Hong Kong.
This is my third year leading the Food Revolution campaign in Hong Kong. I am very grateful that from our very primitive two-man band model, we have been gradually receiving more support from volunteers this year. About 5 volunteers are actively translating recipes from English to Chinese and our recipe collection has gathered up to 200, all of which are free to download. We have another 10 volunteers to assist with events and we look forward to meeting them in May.
We have also lined up some local restaurants with visual displays for promoting FRD, with some of them launching a FRD special menu to provide healthy and sustainable choices for their customers. Our partners also include cooking schools and Universities and we will be organising cooking classes and demos with them, with a local celebrity chef participating too.
This year, we will also launch more workshops to enhance people’s food knowledge. Chocolate and coffee tasting is the latest hit in HK and we will have a workshop about the manufacturing process, origin varieties, cocoa content and quality of chocolate and coffee. The most important thing I believe is to educate people why we have to support fair trade.
Our highlight in May
In May, many events will be organized in town. Our very special whole day promotion will be at a farmer markets on May 4th, where our specialist partners will deliver demo and workshops to pass on skills and inspire more people about cooking. Of course, there will be our very own food education workshop for kids and family.
The other highlight will definitely be our Cooking Marathon. 500 students and parents will be gathered in one school to make the Rainbow Salad Wrap from 10am till 5pm on Food Revolution Day. The students will be doing all the planning, sourcing and preparation on their own with our guidance, which will be the best training for them!
Media is always our good friend. We will be answering media interviews and getting free advertising space to further promote the FRD. We are truly thankful for all their support!
Year Round Food Education Program
Since our food education program, “Think.Cook.Save.” was introduced last September, around 30 lessons and workshops have been delivered to primary, secondary and University students. We have seen that students are more aware of their food choices after participating in our program. This is always the most encouraging part for me!
In order to encourage more students to cook, we organized a few cooking competitions to promote the “Think.Cook.Save.” concept. Students learnt how to decide what to choose, how to cook their own dishes and save the resource while cooking. The participants are all performing to a very high standard and we are all very impressed.
Personally, I am writing a newspaper column about the secret of food. The readership is steadily growing and I have been receiving more invitations to deliver speeches and workshops. I hope my very tiny effort can help make some changes here. My new book on food education will be published in June and the loyalty fee will be donated to support the food education program. I do hope more parents and teachers can use the book to help design their own food education activities for their kids and students.
About the Author: Beatrice Chan (@bechanka) is the daughter of chef Chan Tung, who was ranked as one of the top 10 chefs in China and the top 4 in Hong Kong before he passed away. She writes about food and travel and joined the ambassador program in 2012. She launched a food education program aimed to push forward food education, urban farming and anti-food waste campaign in Hong Kong. She is also the mastermind behind an Asia-based community project: www.go.asia.