Taste of Language

Taste of Language

Bristol Black Carers is a partner of a European project called ‘The Taste of Language’. Together with our partners from Sweden, Italy, France and Slovakia we share our history, culture and knowledge through the use of traditional foods, language and cultural traditions as a way of breaking down barriers to informal learning.

In March 2012, carers had the opportunity to visit Palermo in Sicily as part of the partnership project; they visited 2 local schools in the region and watched how they prepared traditional Sicilian dishes. The history behind each dish was explained and everyone had the opportunity to taste the dishes including the specific wines that accompany them.

Part of the meeting was to get a clearer understanding of why Sicilian history and culture is so strong within the country and why they do not class themselves as just Italian but emphasise their Sicilian roots. The group had the opportunity to visit a historical part of the country deep into the Mountains in an area called Marcella which is famous for its distinctive wines and green open spaces, the area also boasts a large pasta making factory which produces pasta throughout Italy and across international destinations.