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Afternoon on the Green Set to 'Go Green' in 2011

UVI’s 22nd annual Afternoon on the Green, traditionally the island’s best and largest picnic, is taking “the green” to new dimensions this year by adopting an environmentally conscious theme.

Afternoon on the Green Committee Chair Jacqueline Sprauve said to expect the same great food at the university’s traditional family-friendly event set for March 13 from noon to 5 p.m. on the UVI Herman E. Moore golf course.

"Only this year,” Sprauve added, “we’re doing it with a recycling and reusing twist in support of the UVI Goes Green initiative, which encourages the efficient use of resources and the reduction of nonrecyclable waste."

And it’s not too late to submit your special dish. Sprauve says more cooks are needed. Community members are the cooks each year, so, gear up your imagination and run to the stove.

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In line with the green theme, an “Ital dub master" will be featured this year, along with the "grill-off," desserts and other food competitions.

Topping last year’s bounty and variety of entrees will be a hard act to follow. The groaning table last year included corned fish, cattle tongue dumpling and smoked turkey neck souse, mixed in with the tamer traditional West Indian dishes like rice and peas, Trinidadian pilau, kallaloo, roast lamb, baked ham, and tofu of every description—from "enchanted" to "Jack Daniels."

Folks can sample some of the island’s best dishes for $3 a taste. Local favorites—such as spicy curried chicken, Brigo’s firehouse salmon, pineapple ginger beer and Boom’s firehouse tofu—are expected to be on the menu, Sprauve said.

The green will be enlivened this year with sounds by the Top Notch, Bigg Thymerz and Becca Darling bands, and performances by the UVI Salsa Club, violinists Alana Davis and Isis Collier, and the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers.

So, for $3 per entree, you can sample to your heart’s (or tummy’s) content, keeping a beat to the music, and catching up with old friends. And those who purchase $12 worth of tickets can sit in on the judging at 2 p.m.

To donate a dish or to obtain further information, call the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1040.

The event is sponsored by the West Indian Company Ltd., the V.I. Council on the Arts, Bellows International Ltd. and Choice Communications.

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