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SOCIAL SCENE: Celebrating culture

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

SOCIAL SCENE: Celebrating culture

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THE 205th anniversary of the independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was an occasion for celebration and the Venezuelan embassy here marked it with a morning event at the embassy.

Under a large tent, guests listened to a history of the republic given by Venezuelan Chargé d’affaires Francisco Pérez Santana; a congratulatory message from Barbados’ Minister of Foreign affairs Senator Maxine McClean delivered by Deputy Permanent Secretary David Bulbulia, and viewed a historical documentary on the South American country.

Next it was time for a Venezuelan luncheon feast with specialties such as Arepas and Empanadas, the Venezuelan national dish Pabellón Criollo and the national drink Papelón con Limo, a blend of raw sugar cane pulp, water and lime juice.

With the strains of Latin music filling the air, diplomats, members of the consular corps and Barbadian friends of Venezuela joined Venezuelans in enjoying a taste of their country’s flavour.