This Kenyan Facebook group is embarking on a countrywide culinary tour to spread love, joy and peace using food
The first Food Caravan will be held at Copa Cobanna, Beach in Mtwapa on April 14 2018.
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It is said the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and a Kenyan Facebook group is determined to touch many Kenyan men’s heart and in extension their wives, kids and their homes across the 47 counties and in their small role promote peaceful co-existence.
Let’s cook Kenyan meals which was founded in 2013 by Pamella Oduor is one of the most popular Facebook groups in Kenya with more than one million members.
“During 2017 electioneering year, I noticed that the country became polarized and divided. Most of the social media groups became the battle ground for members to spew out hatred towards each other”
Kenya has one of the most tech savvy populations on the continent and the public always retreat to social media groups to discuss the day’s event and sometimes under the guise of anonymity some decide to practice bigotry, fanning tribal hatred in the process.
As the admin of the Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals, Pamellah has stayed up many late night weeding out posts which goes against the group community policies of spreading love through food.
“I struggled and stayed up many nights just to make sure that this was the only group where we belonged to one political party and one tribe. We spoke one voice and one language, the language of food. My argument was that whichever way it went we still remained to enjoy the Kenyan Meals.”
To remedy this and help heal the country, the group is planning to embark on a culinary journey dubbed Let’s Cook Kenyan Meal - Food Caravan where members would travel to different regions of Kenya to sample, appreciate and enjoy meals from other communities.
“We will be starting this journey by having our first Food Caravan at the Coast region at Copa Cobanna, Beach in Mtwapa on April 14 2018. This will then be followed by one in Nairobi, Nakuru, and then Kisumu etc”
Just like cooking for the first time can seem daunting, planning for the event has not easy and the group continue to face a myriad of challenges key among them lack of funds.
“Planning this event has been very challenging due to lack of funds as most corporates in the food industry that we approached have not yet come on board but we still hope they will before the D-Day.”
A few home grown entrepreneurs in the group; Spice Land, Pretty Homes Interior Décor, Delicussy Catering, Super Smart Kitchen Ware, Minar Restaurant, Chibundiro and Ragumbi Events have come up to help and managed to raise the funds for printing our group t-shirts.
The group is however still looking for willing individuals, NGOs and Corporates to on board and help them celebrate Kenya’s culinary diversity.
Pamellah hopes the food caravans can grow to something even bigger.
“I hope in future these events will help to serve as cultural activities that will eventually help sell the Kenyan cuisine to the world.”
Ultimately the Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals hopes one day the only thing Kenyans will cut are tomatoes and onions, the only thing they will slash is vegetables, the only thing they will pound is garlic and in doing so spread the love through food.
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