They distribute free meals under Keti Koti

Ayra: “Herein is what many slaves ate on the plantations. In our version it consists of boiled cassava, plantain, sweet potato, cod and eggs. Originally it was a collection of what people themselves could grow, such as ground fruit. , in combination with salted fish from the plantation owners.It is a carbohydrate-rich dish, intended to last longer.You see both the colonial oppression and the creativity of the slaves on your plate.

Food makes the story tangible: you taste the past


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Just in the summer of 2020, when the anti-racism protests peaked, the Keti Koti festival was canceled due to the corona crisis. That’s why we found on Free Heri Heri For All. Fourteen chefs prepared four thousand meals, which we distributed in nine places in Amsterdam. By 2021, this will have grown to 11,000 meals in Amsterdam and partners in four other provinces. This year, organizations across the Netherlands can apply for a license from us. ”

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Ira: “Food makes history tangible: you taste the past. While the meals were being handed out, many passers-by had never heard of Keti Koti; this meal aroused their curiosity. Last year we handed out the ‘drink 1873’ for the first time. It’s just ginger beer, but with the name we want to remind people that after the abolition of slavery in 1863, the slaves had to work on the plantations for another ten years.

We want to create empathy for all who believe that the past of slavery does not concern them

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Michele Margot

We have the same goals as anti-racism activists walking the streets, we just communicate in a different way. Cooking is an art form. We want to create more empathy among all those who believe that the past of slavery does not concern them, in order to recognize this history and contemporary racism together. “

Ayra: “Our father is Surinamese, our mother Aruban-Curaçao; we got all these kitchens, and therefore all cultures. We are now setting up a food festival with food, workshops and conversations about migration and our food. For example, an Indonesian chef talks about the oldest Indonesian restaurant in the Netherlands. Can you call satay Dutch now? We would say yes. All the cultures present together create the food culture. ”

Food activism: eating in the resistance movement

Different movements use food as a form of resistance. In the ’80s in the United States, you had the anti-capitalist network Food not Bombs. They prepared vegan and vegetarian meals of food that would be thrown out and distributed them during protests against imperialist wars. Since the 1990s, the international collective La Via Campesina (Spanish for ‘the peasantry’) has fought for what they call ‘food sovereignty’. It is the right of farmers and indigenous peoples to decide for themselves what they produce and eat, without interference from foreign governments or companies.

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