Cacao culture – Cacao VM http://cacaovm.org/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 08:29:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cacaovm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile-150x150.png Cacao culture – Cacao VM http://cacaovm.org/ 32 32 Gourmet Friday | Inside the World of Instagrammable Desserts – Art-and-culture News, Firstpost https://cacaovm.org/gourmet-friday-inside-the-world-of-instagrammable-desserts-art-and-culture-news-firstpost/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 07:37:40 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/gourmet-friday-inside-the-world-of-instagrammable-desserts-art-and-culture-news-firstpost/ These flamboyant creations are a game-changer on menus, while adding a fun element to the restaurant. Imagine that. You are in a restaurant, you have just finished dinner and you have been served a delicious melted chocolate creation. If your first reaction isn’t to pick up the spoon, but the phone and instantly click pictures, […]]]>

These flamboyant creations are a game-changer on menus, while adding a fun element to the restaurant.

Imagine that. You are in a restaurant, you have just finished dinner and you have been served a delicious melted chocolate creation. If your first reaction isn’t to pick up the spoon, but the phone and instantly click pictures, you’re not alone! Because the desserts really spoke, capturing tastes and hearts instantly, online. No wonder then that the world of pretty Instagrammable desserts can rival a food menu in more ways than one! And cafés and pastry chefs are upping their game when it comes to creativity. Says Rachel Goenka, CEO and Founder of The chocolate spoon company, “To me, desserts are delicious edible works of art in the world of food! These are dishes that you consume visually first and therefore should be pleasing to the eye. It’s all about textures, levels, layering and lots of color – things that automatically lend themselves to looking as pretty as a picture. I always take pictures of desserts, especially when I travel, for example on my recent trip to Madrid where I did a dessert tour with my sister. It’s great to see how the same dessert is prepared in so many creative ways. Learn more about this trend…

Freakshakes have appeal for “I ate that” stamps

People have loved capturing what they eat ever since they had phones, but the credit for the resurgence of the trend on Instagram and other social media has grown, thanks to these Dalgona coffees and freakshakes! The latter, in particular, is all the rage in restaurants and cafes and if indulgence had a metaphor, this would be it! Imagine a monstrous, messy pile of cakes, marshmallows, chocolate, cookies, pretzels, brownies, fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, waffles, syrup and more in front of you! It’s so unique that you can’t help but take a picture of it to shout “Hey, I ate that”! Ishaan Bahl, founder of 145 Cafe & Bar, talks about how freakshakes continue to be a big hit. He says, “These mashup milkshakes are out of this world in terms of looks and flavor. They are more than just a drink; the freakshakes are meticulously designed and you can be as creative as you want with them! We found 22 different types and so far people are coming back for more rounds of these chunky shakes, almost all of them taking countless photos and videos.

OTT creations are a delicious temptation

Too good ! Nutella Ferrero Cheesecake and Lotus Biscoff and Chocolate (R) Nama

How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh, that looks almost too good to eat!” Dessert maker and owner of House of Amel, Sanah Ahuja’s creations are like that. Deep reds and burgundies with carefully composed shapes, they are alluring, okay! She says, “Customers today travel a lot and want that creative edge when ordering desserts to give away. They believe in ‘you eat with your eyes first’. Thus, we treat each dessert as a canvas, which we then glaze or spray to create a mesmerizing dessert to watch. We experimented with shades of color, for example, in our hazelnut and chocamel, they are perfect for the gram! This is also the case with Wakai’s Nama Chocolate – a lovely plate with Sao thome chocolate ganache, chocolate earth, chocolate sable and seasonal berries!

Obviously, the days when a single piece of cake or maybe a scoop of ice cream on a waffle was enough for a sweet bite are over. It got way more decadent than that and today, drippy and flowy is the way to go! Duo of brothers Harsh Shah and Nisarg Shah, from Dessert Therapy Coffee have based their menu on this concept of gluttony. Says Nisarg, “People these days love the idea of ​​a big, beautiful dessert. They want it to look dramatic and taste great. We came up with a half and half cheesecake with combos duo of ingredients like Nutella and Lotus biscoff or berry coulis and biscoff, to please everyone, even our pancakes, hotcakes and sundaes follow this mantra.

And, to match those gorgeous desserts, patisseries and cafes are also adopting pretty pink, gold and floral interiors to set the right backdrop. Nisarg adds, “We wanted the aesthetic of our cafe to go with the menu, so that people would end up posting about the desserts in a mood that matches.

How Truffles Fit In

Food Friday Into the world of Instagrammable desserts

Truffle Mint Chocolate Chip Truffle (R) Aamras for an elegant and delicious bite

Petit is powerful here too and when it comes to the world of Instaworthy desserts, truffles seem to be spot on. According to chef Vidushi Sharma, who is the founder of Truffle & Co, “Truffles may seem modest, but they are one of the most Instagrammable sweets out there! They are luscious, velvety and pack in a punch of flavor even in their small size. And the flavors of these hand-rolled truffles decide how they look – from the color of the ganache to what they’re mixed with – from plain cocoa powder to mint and chocolate chips, to matcha green, to walnuts or even pairing lush liqueurs with single origin dark chocolate…the variations here are just endless! It’s like a blank canvas that you can fill with a plethora of flavors and textures. One flavor I’ll be launching soon is white chocolate infused with Szechuan pepper for that zing.

Rachel Goenka featured Aamras and Kaju Katli truffles in her book Adventures with Mithai and says, “These desserts are versatile and can be customized to the creator’s imagination and palette. Gourmet truffle pairings and varieties are plentiful, from coffee and coffee, to different percentages of chocolates, and even fun flavors like basil, goat cheese, chilli caramel, and more. There is also a lot to do with truffles in terms of presentation. You can get innovative by using nuts, colored cocoa butter in various patterns and effects, colorful chocolates, printed designs, and more, which makes them so visually appealing.

Molecular gastronomy and other culinary tips

Food Friday Into the world of Instagrammable desserts

Chocolate ball on fire, khandvi sorbet and cocoa dessert, attract attention with their taste and visual appeal

Another trend that catches the eye and that fits perfectly, concerns smoke, surprises and fun! We talk about molecular gastronomy, where science plays on food to transform its physical and chemical elements. From a brownie hissing with syrup and smoke to a slushy “bomb” exploding with gooey rushing chocolate, ice cream with halos of mousse and caramel, deconstructed soufflés and more, these creations create a buzz, perhaps more than the food itself! And restaurants are getting into it more than ever. At the modernist Trèsind restaurant, Mumbai, helmed by chef Himanshu Saini, get ready to bite into a neat khandvi sorbet and milk-foamed kaju katli. And this is just one example of this contemporary approach to desserts.

To Masquerade, Mumbai, the menu is full of delicious surprises. Aditi Dugar, owner of the fancy restaurant, says the cocoa and khari-berry cookie desserts are a hit. She explains: “Food is a question of innovation and technique. There’s a certain element to deconstructed desserts that creates a sense of wonder. It’s like a sudden burst of flavor or texture you get. With our cocoa dessert you have cocoa fruit, mousse, ice cream and crisps, served in a cocoa shell, it looks so gorgeous and you dig into each layer and until you reach the last one, each one having different textures!

These almost theatrical desserts are pure social media gold! Zorawar Kalra, Founder and Director – Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd, who developed a “Ball of Chocolate on Fire” to Papaya, Mumbai, says diners love to click on it. “It’s a creamy, chocolatey, lit dessert, both literally and figuratively,” he reveals, adding, “It’s stuffed with vanilla ice cream, orange-flavored nut brownie, cream of coffee, cookie crumbs and flambé with orange liqueur. The ball melts right in front of you after being set on fire by the staff. It’s not only a treat to look at but it’s also a treat for the taste buds. Desserts are everyone’s favorite and there is always room for transformation and reinvention.

Next time you’re eating out, pay attention to the dessert menu and grab the camera before the spoon, because the dessert can be spicier than the food itself!

Ismat Tahseen is a Mumbai-based journalist who has been writing about food, trends, culture and lifestyle for over a decade now.

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Lori Nelson Lee draws inspiration from hip-hop culture to write her latest book, “Hip Hop Don’t Stop” https://cacaovm.org/lori-nelson-lee-draws-inspiration-from-hip-hop-culture-to-write-her-latest-book-hip-hop-dont-stop/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 16:45:39 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/lori-nelson-lee-draws-inspiration-from-hip-hop-culture-to-write-her-latest-book-hip-hop-dont-stop/ Hip-hop has become an important part of culture in a way never anticipated more than 30 years ago. Lori Nelson Leean author who grew up with the culture, used her experience to write her latest children’s book, hip hop don’t stop. Lee, who is married to a hip-hop artist-turned-lawyer, Tracey Leecreated his latest book during […]]]>

Hip-hop has become an important part of culture in a way never anticipated more than 30 years ago. Lori Nelson Leean author who grew up with the culture, used her experience to write her latest children’s book, hip hop don’t stop.

Lee, who is married to a hip-hop artist-turned-lawyer, Tracey Leecreated his latest book during the pandemic. Illustrated image book is on a dad whoinspired his children to use positive and creative thinking through a rhythm look at the influence of hip-hop art has on a overall Culture.”

BLACK CORPORATE connected with the self-published author to discuss the purpose of the book, the influence of hip-hop on her personal and professional life, and how she copes with running a business while raising a family.

What prompted you to write children’s books?

My mother has always loved to write and still loves to write. As my brother waited for my niece to arrive, she decided to write her own story after discovering the lack of diversity in the books. It became a small project that we could work on together. When we were done, we each had a book – Hillary’s Adventures: Hillary’s Big Business Adventure by your servant, and I can do it myself by Valerie Nelson. I took it a step further and decided to produce and publish both books. It was the start of Nelson Publishing and the start of my love of writing for children – that was 20 years ago.

What is the premise of hip hop don’t stop and why did you write it?

hip hop don’t stop is a picture book about a father teaching his children about hip-hop culture and the responsibility that comes with using your voice for creative expression. I was inspired to write the book after being home for months with my husband and kids during the pandemic. I appreciated the gift of time with my family and found myself observing the interactions between my husband and our children in a different way. They inspired me – and I had fun using the hook from one of my favorite Tracey Lee songs, “Stars In The East (with One step behind) as a hook in the book. To help bring the characters to life, I had my illustrator, the extremely talented, Audeva Joseph, use real pictures of my family to draw the characters in the book. My children loved seeing themselves animated.

(Image: Courtesy of Nelson Publishing)

This project was definitely personal, so when reviewers describe my book as powerful, interactive, engaging, respectful (of hip-hop culture), relatable, thought-provoking, etc., it really fills my heart. I feel like they don’t just like the book, they like my family!

You are married to Tracey Lee, hip hop artist turned lawyer. How has the culture of hip-hop improved your personal and professional life? How do your children see hip-hop, living with two artists?

I wouldn’t say that hip-hop has improved my personal or professional life. I would say hip-hop has definitely influenced my life and my business, just by being a product of hip-hop myself. It influences what I watch, what I listen to, how I communicate, how I write, what projects I choose to produce, etc. least two pairs). Today, the culture has grown and expanded to a level that makes it nearly impossible for anyone or any business not to be influenced in some way by hip-hop.

My kids, like most kids these days, don’t really know what a world without hip-hop looks like. It’s just a normal part of how they live, learn and socialize – at home and in the classroom. Hip-hop culture for kids today is as normal as cell phones and bottled water.

For my kids in particular, they have the added bonus of having entertainers at home. They’ve seen us in creation and performance mode, and we see how it inspires their creative process – and sometimes includes them (as with the illustrations in this book). My daughter, now seven, was featured on Tracey’s expect the unexpected album at the age of three. She also likes to invent her own stories and songs. It’s fun to see a bit of us in his creative self. My five year old son loves music and likes to imitate Tracey. He’s featured in Tracey’s upcoming music video for her latest song, Cocoa. He’s our little interpreter.

As an entrepreneur, how do you raise a family and run a business? What type of difficulties do you encounter?

Building a business from scratch is always an uphill struggle. Throwing young parenting kids into the mix while trying to nurture my creative needs as an artist is a whole new level of madness. At first, my business was growing at a comfortable pace; we were publishing books, producing movies and dropping music. When my kids were babies, I switched gears. I used a lot of my time to bond with them and focus on the fun of motherhood. The kids don’t care if you have deadlines, need a good night’s sleep, or just need 30 minutes of quiet time to put an idea on paper. They want you when they want you, and my family has always been my highest priority. So, during the day, I did limited daily business transactions and at night, between feedings and quick naps, I wrote; sometimes solo, sometimes with one of my writing partners. Now that my kids are older, I’ve found more time to be creative and manage business. The struggle for balance is real, but it’s a team effort between us and the kids.

Tracey and I also try very hard to have and maintain a routine in our house. It helps children have structure, but also helps us define the space of our day specifically for creative work. We’re also extremely supportive and understanding of everyone’s creative process, so we allow that space. Weekends are usually reserved for family time. It’s not always perfect, but we give each other grace and we get help when we need it from my parents and my mother-in-law. It also helps that we’ve always been blessed with a talented and dedicated team of professionals to work with us and make concessions because they believe in what we do and respect our vision as artists.

What advice would you give to those who want to capitalize on their talent and passion?

Jump over there and do it! Talent is meant to be shared – it’s meant to inspire. I know it can sometimes be scary because art is personal; Spreading it to the world and braving the opinions of others can be difficult for some. But keep these 5 points in mind:

“Opinions don’t matter, they’re a dime a dozen. Everyone has one.

— There is an audience for every artist, you just have to find your audience.

— Your first project may not be perfect and that’s okay because the goal is to start. If you are dedicated to your craft, improvement will come with each new project.

— Recognize that you are only one person and that you will need a team. Surround yourself with quality, like-minded people and don’t be afraid to ask for help and lean on them when needed.

— Find a creative process that works for you. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking there’s only one way to make your art. When I first started writing, I heard so many opinions about when, where, and how “writers are supposed to write.” Just know that your creative process is just that – yours.

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Chocolate at Risk? : Why a stable cocoa supply for the world’s chocolate business necessitates a commitment to sustainable financing | Citrus North https://cacaovm.org/chocolate-at-risk-why-a-stable-cocoa-supply-for-the-worlds-chocolate-business-necessitates-a-commitment-to-sustainable-financing-citrus-north/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 06:42:33 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/?p=1475 Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire who work on a smaller scale generate forty percent of the world’s supply of cocoa and are the backbone of a business that is worth millions of dollars. In spite of the fact that they are responsible for up to 15 percent of Ivory Coast’s gross domestic product, the great majority […]]]>

Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire who work on a smaller scale generate forty percent of the world’s supply of cocoa and are the backbone of a business that is worth millions of dollars. In spite of the fact that they are responsible for up to 15 percent of Ivory Coast’s gross domestic product, the great majority of those people are still impoverished as a direct result of declining productivity.

Cocoa production rates in Côte d’Ivoire are among the lowest in the world, mostly as a result of the age of trees, the degradation of soils, and the development of disease. The cocoa farmers are switching their focus to other crops with more potential for revenue, such as rubber plants since they do not have access to any long-term financing options.

It is vital to make investments in sustainable cocoa cultivation in order to provide a reliable supply of cocoa for the global chocolate industry and to improve the living conditions of farmers in Cote d’Ivoire. Both of these goals will help improve the world’s chocolate supply chain. During the course of the last year, I have made two trips across the whole of Cote d’Ivoire in order to investigate potential avenues for assisting cocoa farmers in gaining access to long-term finance in order to assist in the revitalization of their farms. An assessment of long-term loans related to improvements in the farm that I carried out in partnership with the Sustainable Finance Initiative revealed that such loans are doable and can be repaid with profits from the improved output that occurs as a result of these investments.

It’s encouraging to see that investors concerned about social responsibility also recognize this as a potential investment opportunity. I have had conversations with a wide range of “social finance” lenders as well as establishments that provide “development financing” in both Europe and the United States. The US who are wanting to raise finance to support cocoa farmers in their quest to rehabilitate their plantations is being assisted by others in the U.S. who are also looking to raise capital.

Some social lenders, such as Alterfin and responsibility, have made investments in the cocoa industry by lending money to export cooperatives like Ecookim. These Citrus North Loans have helped the cooperatives grow their businesses. In 2012, a local microfinance institution known as Advans Cote d’Ivoire started providing farmers of cocoa with short-term loans for crop protection and fertilizer as part of the Cocoa Livelihood Program run by the World Cocoa Foundation. It is anticipated that the institution will provide assistance to approximately 7,000 cocoa farmers in 2013.

Cote d’Ivoire does not have access to a financial mechanism that would allow it to channel the kind of large investment necessary to secure the industry’s long-term revival, thus it cannot guarantee that this will happen. The lack of intermediaries in the financial sector in addition to the presence of structural obstacles have made it difficult for investors who are prepared to put in money, as well as for smallholder farmers, to get financing at acceptable rates.

In general, there is a need to provide options and products for the financial services industry that are adapted to satisfy the specific requirements of smallholders in terms of their financial circumstances. The Rainforest Association’s Sustainable Finance Initiative has this as one of its primary objectives for achieving success.

As was mentioned earlier blog post in a recent blog post by Rainforest Alliance President Tensie Whelan, there is an enormous desire for sustainable funding and a massive opportunity for lenders to boost their bottom line while helping thousands of farmers in small-scale farming who are working toward sustainable development. In order to close the funding gap for sustainable development, one of the most important things that need to be done is the creation of new and innovative financial products, in addition to the provision of adequate training, which will cater to the needs of investors as well as the requirements of farmers.

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Prague: An incredible stay in the Czech capital full of history, culture and picture-perfect views | Short Breaks & City Breaks | Travel https://cacaovm.org/prague-an-incredible-stay-in-the-czech-capital-full-of-history-culture-and-picture-perfect-views-short-breaks-city-breaks-travel/ Wed, 06 Jul 2022 18:50:00 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/prague-an-incredible-stay-in-the-czech-capital-full-of-history-culture-and-picture-perfect-views-short-breaks-city-breaks-travel/ After a 30 minute drive from Vaclav Havel airport, I arrived at Boutique Hotel La Cle d’Or, a stunning building with a completely reconstructed look, which earned it a spot in the Louis Vuitton City Guide to Prague. A quick stroll near Prague Castle and a pint of Staropramen later, it was time for a […]]]>

After a 30 minute drive from Vaclav Havel airport, I arrived at Boutique Hotel La Cle d’Or, a stunning building with a completely reconstructed look, which earned it a spot in the Louis Vuitton City Guide to Prague. A quick stroll near Prague Castle and a pint of Staropramen later, it was time for a group to cross Charles Bridge to Old Town Square. The warm weather created the perfect backdrop as we toured the area and learned about centuries old history.

Bohemian glass is one of the staples of Czech culture, having been internationally recognized for its high quality craftsmanship and detailing, and what better way to experience it than by trying to blow glass as a complete novice at PRAGL.

With the help of our very talented glass blowing expert, David, we set out to make some of our own glasses in front of the sweltering 1500 degree oven. After a few minutes, some suspicious blowtorch use, and a few mugs of local Sklář beer, we had our own glassware and were invited on a tour of their pretty amazing gallery.

A short, slightly cooler walk later, we found ourselves at Červený Jelen – or Flying Stag – restaurant for a traditional dinner of braised deer leg and Carlsbad Czech dumplings. As with all great restaurants and nations, the pivo (beer) was flowing and made for a great end to a first night in Prague.

The second day was a complete detox as we traveled to the wonderful spa town of Poděbrady. The town is popular for its springs and quiet atmosphere surrounded by beautifully maintained parkland and stylish cafes.

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Since 1908, the Poděbrady Spa Resort became famous for gas hydrotherapy which has excellent treatment effects on various body systems, with Czech citizens sometimes being prescribed stays in these spa towns to help with various ailments.

The spa was completely renovated during the pandemic and only reopened at the beginning of this year, much to the delight of locals and anyone wishing to bathe in the healing mineral spring water.

The city also had a glass factory which manufactures the famous bohemian crystal with its iconic blue and gold seal. They are one of the world’s leading producers of lead and lead-free crystal and by far the largest producer in the Czech Republic.

After a tour of the expansive glassworks campus, a short drive took us to Přerov nad Labem and the Open Air Museum, which shows what life was like in Bohemia in the 18th century. With over 32 structures preserved, visitors get a glimpse of how people lived, learned, worked and subsisted over 200 years ago.

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As the 30 degree hot summer continued to descend upon us, what better time to visit a beautiful vineyard on the outskirts of Prague with a great view of the whole city. Sainte-Claire vineyard is a piece of Czech history and is just one of eight wineries surrounding the capital and dates back to the 1200s. But it was Charles IV who revolutionized the winemaking ability in St. Clare, issuing a decree on the establishment of the vineyard and ensuring that all suitable south-facing slopes within five kilometers of Prague are planted with vines. And what a decision it was.

After a walk through the vineyard, admiring the view of the city and the phenomenal smell of the grapes, we were taken to a hidden cellar where we were greeted with countless bottles of wine for a tasting, accompanying snacks and a wonderful breath of cold air. For me, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Portugieser were the crème de la crème. Rather conveniently, our trip to the vineyard was followed by a few drinks at Three Fiddles Irish pub in front of our hotel. Another excellent choice!

The arts are another staple of Czech heritage, with Prague being home to the breathtaking National Theater which carried as much heritage as any corner of the city. First opened in 1881 and then again in 1883 after a devastating fire, the spectacular theater is adorned with gold embellishments as well as masterpiece paintings by some of the biggest Czech names like Aleš, Ženišek, Hynais, Myslbek and others.

What followed was something quite unexpected. A visit to Brevnov, which acts not only as an active monastery but also as a brewery. The first Benedictine monastery was founded in 993 AD and has the oldest beer brewing tradition in the Czech Republic. The old building turned out to be the perfect base for a quaint brewery, with beer samples a treat.

The monastery grounds were impeccably maintained and even had a tavern where we stopped for lunch. The beer tasted even better knowing it was produced a stone’s throw from where we were seated, especially when paired with Halusky – traditional potato gnocchi with smoked meat and sour cabbage .

Czech traditions were at the heart of the trip and the next excursion was no exception as we made puppets with the master puppeteer Pavel Truhlář. As we sat around Pavel’s studio, we were given plans to create our own puppets, all based on aspects of Czech history. I was lucky enough to receive Vodnik, or Vodyanoy, an evil aquatic creature spirit. As with most art projects, I had a big idea in my head that I couldn’t quite pull off, but Pavel worked his magic and made it look great.

Once we learned the basics of walking with puppets, we returned to the Golden Key hotel and got ready for dinner at the majestic Restaurant of the Municipal House where we had a three course meal of traditional Czech cuisine. To top it off, the local pianist dedicated “The Girl from Ipanema” to our table – a great touch. As we continued into the night, we encountered the first instance of weather to remind us at home and when it rains, it rains. But even the torrential rain couldn’t dampen our mood as we ended the night in a wonderful bar in the heart of Prague.

The fourth day took us to the “City of Money” in Kutna Hora. The wealth of resources from the early days of the Czech Kingdom helped ensure the nation’s rise and we were fortunate to follow the same path that miners would have taken in the 16th century. Through the 250 meters long cave system, we were able to capture a glimpse of what life would have been like for these workers hundreds of years ago, but with helmets and lights. The perfectly preserved cave now attracts thousands of tourists every year who thread their way through the narrow passageways.

A guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site allowed our group to see the interiors of the magnificent Italian Court and St. Barbara’s Cathedral, two must-see sites. The craftsmanship and design on display was truly remarkable, especially since construction of the cathedral began in 1388.

Our last stop in the quaint town of just 20,000 people was the Kutna Hora Chocolatier. There were delicious choices and, most impressively, one of the smallest dedicated chocolate museums in the world. Camel milk chocolate, matcha flavored and 95% cocoa chocolate were on offer. It will come as no surprise to learn that he won eight medals at the International Chocolate Awards last month.

As the trip drew to a close, we had one last chance to explore Prague before a final supper. My curiosity led me to a botanical garden before trying out the tube system, which certainly gives the London Underground a hard time before wandering the streets of Staré Město (the old town) and Josefov (the Jewish).

Our last dinner was at Restaurant U Labuti, a beautifully secluded restaurant less than five minutes from Prague Castle, which once again offered incredible views of the city. As with most of the monuments we had seen during our stay, the castle – which is the largest ancient castle in the world – took your breath away with its size and immaculate design.

Unfortunately, my stay in Prague ended on Sunday morning. As I drove back to the airport, I got one last glimpse of the magnificent views Prague had to offer, grateful to have the chance to visit one of the golden cities of the world.

For more information on Prague, Bohemia and the Czech Republic, visit Czech tourism.

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Music, film and culture festival https://cacaovm.org/music-film-and-culture-festival/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/music-film-and-culture-festival/ The inaugural Brookvale Music, Film and Culture Festival kicks off in July, and with 11 events over 11 days, between July 2 and July 29, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy. From roller disco to cocoa ceremony, drum circles, burlesque performances and Japanese rope bondage, this eclectic festival is steeped in skater […]]]>

The inaugural Brookvale Music, Film and Culture Festival kicks off in July, and with 11 events over 11 days, between July 2 and July 29, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy. From roller disco to cocoa ceremony, drum circles, burlesque performances and Japanese rope bondage, this eclectic festival is steeped in skater punk, opera, Latin beats, organic house, neo-funk , trip-hop ballet, and more.

More than just a festival, Groundswell is a movement, driven largely by the self-funded BAD (Brookvale Arts District) initiative – with the Plant Room, a shared creative and event space in a former factory warehouse – to support live music , artistic and cultural development of Brookvale and ensure that it continues to thrive. There are plans to make Groundswell a major annual event with local and international creative talent.

The festival also includes presentations by local artists, musicians and filmmakers, a screening of the Australian surf classic remastered Winter’s Taleas well as a question-and-answer session with the Northern Beaches director Phil Sheppard.

Legendary local artist and former frontman of skate-punk/hardcore band Hellmenn, Ben Brown, has donated three large-scale works of art to hang on the walls of the venue, which will be auctioned at the end of the festival to support AfDB.

“Brookvale Arts District is one of the most exciting nightlife areas to emerge in Sydney over the past few years, and it’s great to see this major festival taking place,” said Michael Rodrigues, Sydney’s 24-hour economy commissioner. “The event will be a celebration of local talent and a great contribution to Sydney’s resurgent round-the-clock economy. It’s a great example of collaboration between local players and I can’t wait to see the festival live and in action.

Groundswell runs from July 2-29 at the Plant Hall, Brookvale. Tickets range from approximately $11 to $93. You can consult the program and take your tickets here.

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Take a Hot Cocoa Crawl Through This North Carolina Town https://cacaovm.org/take-a-hot-cocoa-crawl-through-this-north-carolina-town/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:48:20 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/?p=1359 This Christmas season, fans of hot chocolate may satisfy their cravings while touring a seaside town in North Carolina. Hot Cocoa Crawl is taking place in Elizabeth City until January 2, 2022. The Hot Cocoa Crawl will be in conjunction with yearly activities in Elizabeth City, including the city’s public tree lighting ceremony. “This year, […]]]>

This Christmas season, fans of hot chocolate may satisfy their cravings while touring a seaside town in North Carolina.

Hot Cocoa Crawl is taking place in Elizabeth City until January 2, 2022. The Hot Cocoa Crawl will be in conjunction with yearly activities in Elizabeth City, including the city’s public tree lighting ceremony.

“This year, we wanted to enhance that wonderful atmosphere by hosting a seasonal event that residents and tourists could enjoy together and that benefited our outstanding local businesses,” said Corrina Ruffieux, Executive Director of Visit Elizabeth City. “A steaming cup of handmade hot chocolate is one of the most delectable winter pleasures, and developing unique recipes was a fun and innovative way to engage restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and bars.”

Hot Cocoa Crawl thirteen establishments

The Hot Cocoa Crawl has thirteen establishments. They and their cocoas include the following:

  • Sleigh No More from Paradiso Roma Ristorante is the traditional handmade cocoa with a properly toasted marshmallow.
  • The Dirty Snowman is a decadent hot chocolate à la mode served at The Mills Downtown Bistro. This Instagram-worthy drink has vanilla ice cream, Bailey’s for adults, and hot cocoa.
  • Go no farther than Big Boss Burritos, a neighborhood staple that serves a classic version made with Xocolatl chocolate and chile guajillo for spicy Mexican hot chocolate.
  • SweetEasy’s delectable mini-cake is inspired by the popular holiday taste combination of peppermint and chocolate. Hot cocoa with peppermint syrup and dark chocolate morsels, with crushed peppermint and marshmallows.
  • Chocoholics will not want to miss Muddy Waters Coffeehouse’s Liquid Brownie Hot Chocolate. The shop’s top famous mocha gets done up in celebration of the holidays. Steamed milk combines dark chocolate sauce, hazelnut syrups, and caramel.
  • Visit Ghost Harbor Brewing Company for their Mocha Coppola Coffee Stout. The seasonal brew, created in conjunction with Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, mixes the tastes of beer, coffee, and chocolate to create a flavor that is uniquely holiday-appropriate.
  • 2 Souls Wine Bar will serve an exquisite red wine hot chocolate created with warm cocoa, and a Murray Wines red blend finished with silky whipped cream and a sprinkle of cacao powder.
  • A dash of vanilla vodka and a sprinkling of salt is added at Montero’s Restaurant to produce a gourmet rendition of the original peppermint hot chocolate.

On Saturdays, Page After Page Bookstore will have Christmas-themed storytimes with complimentary hot chocolate and daily seasonal book discounts. Patrons may enjoy hot chocolate, Attend a drink and paint session or create a beautiful Christmas door hanging at Water’s Edge Boutique.

According to Andrew LeClair, proprietor of Paradiso Roma Ristorante, their cocoa formula was developed with Talia Krites, formerly of The Flour Girls Cafe & Bakery. Their beverage includes her signature hot cocoa bombs.

The U.S. cocoa division of Transmar declares bankruptcy

Just a few weeks after the parent company’s European operation declared insolvency due to “unfavorable” cocoa contracts and changes in the British pound, Transmar Group Ltd.’s U.S. division file your own case for bankruptcy protection, according to court documents.

On December 31, Transmar Commodity Group Ltd voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the Southern District of New York United States Bankruptcy Court. The company provides cocoa products to significant chocolate manufacturers like Hershey Co HSY.N and Nestle NESN.S.

With operations in the United States, Europe, South America, and West Africa, Transmar Group is a significant purchaser and processor of cocoa beans. According to Robert Frezza, chief restructuring officer for Transmar, in a court document filed on January 3, the U.S. subsidiary intends to continue operating throughout the legal process.

According to Frezza, Transmar Commodity Group’s financial difficulties were made worse by the European operation of Transmar Group, Euromar Commodities GmbH, a German cocoa grinder and important customer of the American business, declaring insolvency in early December.

Frezza cited challenges integrating Transmar Group’s infrastructure and corporate governance as examples of how the company’s rapid expansion, which persisted as recently as 2015, and unpredictable cocoa prices created issues. According to the filing, Transmar Commodity Group’s top customer for cocoa products has been Euromar, an indirect subsidiary of Transmar Group, with sales volumes rising dramatically between 2013 and 2015.

After the United Kingdom chose to exit the European Union in June 2016, the pound GBP=, the currency in which bulk of the world’s cocoa is traded, experienced swings, this put more pressure on Euromar. According to Transmar’s statement, the business has between 200 and 999 estimated creditors and assets worth between $100 million and $500 million.

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AthFest for Dummies: Musical Performances | Arts & Culture https://cacaovm.org/athfest-for-dummies-musical-performances-arts-culture/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/athfest-for-dummies-musical-performances-arts-culture/ For two years, summer in Athens has been a sleepy lull in the bustle and action that the academic year at the University of Georgia brings to the city. This weekend, AthFest Educates will host the first AthFest music and arts festival in over two years, showcasing local talent and drawing crowds to the streets […]]]>

For two years, summer in Athens has been a sleepy lull in the bustle and action that the academic year at the University of Georgia brings to the city. This weekend, AthFest Educates will host the first AthFest music and arts festival in over two years, showcasing local talent and drawing crowds to the streets of downtown Athens.

After a two-year hiatus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many festival-goers won’t know where to be, when to be there, who’s on stage and what to do next. The Red & Black has compiled this program and guide to help attendees find their way through the weekend’s musical performances.

Who

Artists performing at AthFest are mostly local and regional, according to the AthFest website. The long list of artists and performers based in Athens is one of the many benefits that come with the city’s remarkable musical history and thriving music scene.

Artists will sell their work to vendors at the AthFest Artists’ Market along Washington Street between Hull Street and Lumpkin Street. More than 55 local vendors will offer everything from fine arts to crafts, according to the AthFest website.

Notable performances by well-known and beloved local bands include Hotel Fiction, Convict Julie, Lighthearted, Neighbor Lady, Maserati and Vision Video.

Where

AthFest musical performances will take place in five locations, with an additional event at Hendershot’s.

The Wicked Weed Stage on Pulaski Street at Washington Street is the festival’s main stage. Food trucks, vendors, the AthFest merchandise tent, beer garden and viewing area will surround this stage.

The Hull Street Stage on Hull Street between Washington Street and Hancock Avenue will also host performances throughout the weekend. This stage will be surrounded by a beer garden and viewing area.

KidsFest will be a block section of AthFest, including the KidsFest Stage which will host performances by and for young people. KidsFest will also feature arts and crafts areas, demonstrations and more, according to the AthFest website.

Paid performances will take place at the Georgia Theater and the 40 Watt Club on June 24 and 25 after the outdoor festival performances conclude. Tickets for these shows can be purchased through the AthFest website.

Hendershot’s will host AthFest’s Gospel Brunch event on June 26 with live music from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

When

friday june 24

weed stage

5:00 p.m. AD ​​Blanco

5:50 p.m. Heffner

6:45 p.m. GrandVille

7:50 p.m. Sentencing Julie

9:00 p.m. Hotel Fiction

Hull Street Scene

5:30 p.m. playful

6:20 p.m. Convince the child

7:15 p.m.Elijah Johnston

8:20 p.m. Neighbor

9:00 p.m. Silent Block Party: DJ Mahogany versus Flash

KidsFest Stage

6:00 p.m. Smith Larrison

7:00 p.m. Dry Season

8:00 p.m. Cobra Surrender

The Georgia Theater

10:00 p.m. Niño Brown (rooftop)

10:20 p.m. ¢larke ¢ounty (rooftop)

10:30 p.m.

23:00 Motorhead 2X (rooftop)

11:20 p.m. BYV_Trubb (rooftop)

11:30 p.m. Linqua Franqa

00:00 Ant Da Ripper (rooftop)

00:20 Molly Tu Hott (roof)

00:30 Monsoon

1h00 Squalle (roof)

1h25 DJ ChiefRocka (rooftop)

40 watt club

10:00 p.m. Doctor of the Palace

11:00 p.m. Palace of Night

12:00 Modern Skirts

Saturday June 25

weed stage

12:00 p.m. Zac Crook

12:50 p.m. Check the signs

1:40 p.m. Telemarket

2:30pm CannonandtheBoxes

3:20 pm Shameless James

4:10 p.m. Blunt Bangs

5:00 p.m. Kxng Blanco

5:50 p.m. Wincas

6:45 p.m. Shehehe

7:50 p.m. Cassie Chantel

9:00 p.m. Video Viewing

Hull Street Scene

12:30 Reed Winckler

1:20 p.m. Kadillak

2:10 p.m. Jock Gang

3:00 p.m. Mother Before

3:50 p.m. From ashes to omens

4:40 p.m. Cam & His Dam Jam Band

5:30 p.m. Trvy and the enemy

6:20 p.m. Immaterial Possession

7:15 p.m. Well Kept

8:20 p.m. Lo Talker

9:00 p.m. Silent Block Party: TYL3R DAVIS and 333 THE LABEL

KidsFest Stage

10:30 Allegro

11:30 a.m. Camp Amped

00:30 Carpenter Academy of Irish Dancing

1:30 p.m. Evergreen

2:30 p.m. Strength dance academy

3:30 p.m. Mack2Tone

4:30 p.m. Full Moon Music School

5:30 p.m. Oconee Music

The Georgia Theater

10:00 p.m. Beat Up (rooftop)

10:30 p.m. Pip the Thought

11:00 p.m. Hunger Anthem (rooftop)

11:30 p.m. The Orange Constant

12:00 p.m. Everyday Dogs (Rooftop)

00:30 Underground spring

1h00 Fishbug (rooftop)

40 watt club

10:00 p.m. The Woggles

11:00 p.m. Pylon Reconstruction Society

00:00 Maserati

Sunday June 26

* Gospel brunch at Hendershot’s

11:30 am Ansley Stewart

12:30 p.m. Marco Hull

1:30 p.m. Shamar Stevens

weed stage

12:30 p.m. Bichos Vivos

1:20 p.m. Sarah Zúñiga

2:10 p.m. Ty Manning and the Slawdog Cookies

3:05 p.m. Larry’s homework

4:00 p.m. ISHUES

4:55 p.m. Silent Dogs

6:00 p.m. Rick Fowler Band

7:10 p.m. Kevn Kinney Power Group

Hull Street Scene

1:00 p.m. Beto Cocoa

1:50 p.m. Annie Leath

2:40 p.m. Hunter Morris & Blue Blood

3:30 p.m. Duddy Ken

4:25 p.m. Les Arcs

5:20 p.m. Good evening

6:30 p.m. Wonderland Rangers

KidsFest Stage

12:30 Merry Sunshine Band

1:30 p.m. I totally love it

2:30 pm Jessica All is well

3:30 p.m. HEART Music

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The Guelaguetza arrives in Poughkeepsie | General Arts & Culture | Hudson Valley https://cacaovm.org/the-guelaguetza-arrives-in-poughkeepsie-general-arts-culture-hudson-valley/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:13:38 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/the-guelaguetza-arrives-in-poughkeepsie-general-arts-culture-hudson-valley/ Click to enlarge Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie This summer, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie will celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Guelaguetza to celebrate the culture, cuisine and community of Oaxaca, Mexico. The event will take place in Waryas Park, […]]]>

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This summer, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie will celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Guelaguetza to celebrate the culture, cuisine and community of Oaxaca, Mexico. The event will take place in Waryas Park, overlooking the Hudson River, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on August 14. Attendees will be able to enjoy traditional and tasty Oaxacan dishes, as well as traditional performances, including native songs and dances featuring ensembles in the usual bright and colorful costumes. .

The organizing group behind the traditional summer festival, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie, was established in 2006 to preserve Mexican culture among immigrant families and the wider local community. Participation in the event is completely free thanks to their fiscal sponsorship of Pathfinder Foundation, Basch and Keegan, Hispanic Federation, MVP, Poughkeepsie Public Libraryand Radio Kingston.

More than 100 artists, musicians, dancers and singers will perform at this year’s event. Some of the notable bands include New York Folk BalletTriquis Without Borders, Folk group from Costa Oaxaca, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie, Folk Ballet of Guadalupano, Natashuy Day House and Banda Azul de Oaxaca. The singers are Alberto Ojeda, Mariano Cerza, Selinesand Araceli Mendoza.

In addition to music and dancing, there will be traditional food and crafts for sale, a tent with free activities for children and information on local non-profit organizations will also be provided. All food for sale at the event will be traditional Oaxacan dishes, including tejate (a soft drink made from corn and cocoa), tlayudas (a large fried tortilla often with refried beans, lettuce, avocado, meat and cheese), and chapulines (grasshoppers).

The 2022 La Guelaguetza de Poughkeepsie organizing committee is made up of local non-profit organizations in the Poughkeepsie area, including Hudson Valley Patriots for Immigration ReformCasa Comunitaria de Recursos, The Voz, Poughkeepsie Public Library, Radio Revolutionand Sun River Health.

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From Mayan to modern – culture flourishes in Chiapas, Mexico https://cacaovm.org/from-mayan-to-modern-culture-flourishes-in-chiapas-mexico/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 20:53:39 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/from-mayan-to-modern-culture-flourishes-in-chiapas-mexico/ Breadcrumb Links Travel “There’s lots of music with famous artists…there’s theater, talks, exhibits and literature.” Pedestrian street and Del Carmen Arch Tower in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo by Getty Images Reviews and recommendations are unbiased and products are independently selected. Postmedia may earn an affiliate commission on purchases made through links on this page. Content of […]]]>

“There’s lots of music with famous artists…there’s theater, talks, exhibits and literature.”

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Mexico’s southernmost state barely registers with those of us looking for a sunny break. Without the easy familiarity of beach resorts like Puerto Vallarta or Cancun, plus a longer travel time to get there and less English spoken by locals, Chiapas takes more effort, but the result is grand – a rich and authentic Mexican culture at every turn of the road.

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Start in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital and home of the Marimba Museum as well as Marimba Park, one of the city’s most popular spots. It is believed that enslaved Africans brought the marimba – a type of wooden xylophone – to Mexico, but it is so ingrained in Chiapan life that they are credited with perfecting it. Watch couples dance to the lively, distinctly chiapan beat of several marimba players on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at seven.

Marimba players performing in Chiapas, Mexico.
Marimba players performing in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo by Getty Images

Across the street at the Marimba Museum, you’ll see dozens of styles of marimbas and an audio kiosk where you can hear famous pieces performed by different players. Better yet, hit the road and listen to the melodic sounds of the marimba carried by the warm evening breezes in public parks throughout the state and especially in Comitan, San Cristabal de Las Casas, Chiapa de Corzo, Tapachula and Palenque.

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Between the modern city of Tuxtla and the colonial city of San Cristobal in the Chiapan highlands are Tzotzil Mayan communities that have retained their traditional customs, musical and otherwise. A must-see is San Juan Chamula with its bustling Sunday market. Women in scruffy black woolen skirts sell everything from fresh produce and spools of thread to cheap plastic toys and household items. Prosperous-looking Mayan men favored white wool, worn in long leather-belted tunics over crisp white shirts and trousers.

Don’t overlook the modest white plaster Chamoula Church built between 1522 and 1524. More Mayan temple than Catholic church, thousands of candles flicker in the dark and families sit on the ground praying and celebrating. sometimes perform a mixture of rituals. These involve drinking Coca Cola (burping is believed to expel evil spirits), sacrificing a live chicken, and rubbing smallpox on one’s body (pronounced “chic”, it’s bootleg booze at corn base).

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It looks like a church but this building in San Juan Chamula is more of a Mayan temple.
It looks like a church but this building in San Juan Chamula is more of a Mayan temple.

“They come to the temple when they have a problem,” says Nichim tour guide Ramses Borraz Balinas. “It could be someone is sick, your sheep are sick, maybe you have a bad neighbor.”

From Chamula, it’s an eight-kilometer walk past sheep farms, kale fields and surprisingly large modern houses to the Tzotzil community of Zinacantan, where women contribute to the local economy by weaving. As you enter the city, you will see colorful skirts and blouses hanging from shop doors. A visit here can include lunch in a weaver’s house, where you can watch young women kneel before looms (girls start weaving around age 10) and buy some of their beautiful creations.

Lunch includes mashed corn soup punctuated with chunks of pork, as well as countless stacks of tortillas. washed with pozol – a sweet drink made from corn and cocoa – and followed by a shot of local smallpox flavored with cinnamon or hibiscus, it’s a satisfying meal.

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The state produces 60% of Mexico's coffee beans.
The state produces 60% of Mexico’s coffee beans. Photo by Suzanne Morphet

Along with corn and cocoa, coffee is another staple in Chiapas life. The state produces 60% of Mexico’s coffee beans, according to Segundo Guillén Gordillo, owner of Corazón del Café, a boutique hotel near the historic center of Comitan, one of pueblos magicos (magical cities), each room named after a variety of cafes.

In early December, the town square of Comitan is ablaze with Christmas decorations and the annual four-day International Festival of Culture and Arts is underway in honor of Rosario Castellanos, a famous author and poet who grew up here at the beginning of the 20e century. “That’s great,” Gordillo said. “There is a lot of music with famous artists…. there is theatre, debates, exhibitions and literature.

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To learn more about the pre-Hispanic folk art called AC, you must visit the town of Chiapa de Corzo, the only place where it is practiced. Artisans use oil from an insect called cochineal, with paint, to prepare and lacquer dry gourds and small boxes. Traditionally, AC was women’s work, but men have recently joined their ranks, says Segundo de Jesus, 31, who started when he was 15 and continues now AC to live.

Chiapa de Corzo is also home to the famous Nandayapa Vargas family, who have been making marimbas by hand for over a century. In addition to exporting marimbas around the world, the four third-generation brothers also give educational concerts to help visitors understand the history and evolution of the musical instrument.

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With its green courtyard, Hotel La Ceiba offers visitors a pleasant stay in the city of Chiapa de Corzo.  SUZANNE MORPHET
With its green courtyard, Hotel La Ceiba offers visitors a pleasant stay in the city of Chiapa de Corzo. SUZANNE MORPHET

If you visit Chiapa de Corzo in January, you are in for a treat. Every year, between January 4 and 23, townspeople hold their Fiesta Grande (Great Feast), honoring three saints with music, dancing, religious ceremonies and feasting. The women wear embroidered satin blouses and loose, ruffled skirts, while the men wear carved wooden masks, blond “wigs” and striped ponchos. From early morning until late at night, the men – known as the parachicos- dancing and shaking maracas. In 2010, UNESCO recognized the dance of the Parachicos as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

During your stay in Chiapa de Corzo, Hotel Ceiba is a pleasant place to stay. The owner supports local artists, invites musicians to perform and serves dishes with typical ingredients such as chilpilin, a green leaf similar to spinach or watercress.

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If you are going to:

Many tour operators in Chiapas can organize multi-day tours with English-speaking guides, including ATC Tour Operators

For day tours, try Ian Ord, a Canadian expat living in Mexico who operates where the sidewalks end

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The Celebration of Culture Is Found in Disneyland’s Tale of The Lion King – Black Girl Nerds https://cacaovm.org/the-celebration-of-culture-is-found-in-disneylands-tale-of-the-lion-king-black-girl-nerds/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/the-celebration-of-culture-is-found-in-disneylands-tale-of-the-lion-king-black-girl-nerds/ The last time I was moved and had tears in my eyes at Disneyland was during one of the final viewings of Fantastic ! late 2019/early 2020. (He’s been back, by the way, since May 28.) But on the afternoon of May 26, in a special preview at a Celebrate Soulfully media experience , I […]]]>

The last time I was moved and had tears in my eyes at Disneyland was during one of the final viewings of Fantastic ! late 2019/early 2020. (He’s been back, by the way, since May 28.) But on the afternoon of May 26, in a special preview at a Celebrate Soulfully media experience , I was overwhelmed with Disney Magic and pride watching the new staging of Tale of the Lion King.

Picture this, a parade of beautiful black people of all shades and sizes, singing Disney songs loud and clear. Smiling, like they were living their best life. It was a wonderful thing to see. The music and their voices touched my soul, and I wanted nothing more than to see them succeed.

Tale of the Lion King is a new and unique theatrical adaptation from Disney The Lion King. Set in Disneyland at the Fantasyland Theater, the live stage production features all-new sets, original musical arrangements and stunning choreography. The entire production draws its inspiration while paying homage to the cultural roots of history. Tale of the Lion King is one of the ways you can Celebrate with soul at Disneyland Resort this summer.

The show is narrated by a traveling troupe known as the Storytellers of the Pride Lands. It’s villagers in this land who all piece together the story of how Simba rose from little to king. Using dialogue, songs, dances and instruments, the story of your favorite little lion and his adventures comes to life. The voices are beautiful, the dancing is creative, and there are no face-covering animal costumes. It’s spectacular. The show is hosted by an expanded cast of twenty actors, singers, dancers and drummers. As lead narrator Mwongozo recounts Simba’s journey, storytellers take on the roles of King Mufasa and his brother Scar, young Simba and Nala, and comic relief Pumbaa and Timon.

While enjoying the show, you can also savor delicious new bites. Chef Natalie Willingham gave her perspective on the Tale of the Lion King through food at Troubadour Tavern. For savory snacks, try salty plantain chips or Berber-spiced popcorn mixed with a comforting spice blend. The Chicken Coconut Curry Sweet Potato features a baked sweet potato topped with a Malawi chicken and coconut curry. For dessert, Hakuna Matata Sweets offers a trio of animal-print cookies, including a coconut macaron, an orange pineapple thumbprint, and a buttery chocolate chunk cookie topped with cocoa nibs and with a white chocolate animal print decor. To wash it all down, there’s the Cardamom Cold Brew and the Pride Rock Punch made with Gold Peak tea, pineapple, mango, tamarind and orange juice over ice.

Disney Live Entertainment designed new costumes and hairstyles for the dancers in the ensemble. Disney management (e.g., Susana Tubert, Chief Creative Officer, Disney Live Entertainment and Associate Show Director Paul Bryant) made sure we could see ourselves in this show. “I think as a company,” Tubert said during the roundtable after the preview, “we recognize that we need to raise the voices at the table so that our products are authentic, authentic and also beautiful. than what you just saw today.

The new costumes are painstakingly crafted with inspiration from history, with details such as bold colors, fabric overlays and African-style headwear. The hair in Tale of the Lion King matters in storytelling, just as it matters in our community. Cosmetology manager Shemika Draughan arrived and designed some beautiful hair moments. “It was really important to me to bring more realism and real authenticity with our individuality, with the story and the variety of hairstyles and textures and things that the dancers brought,” Draughan said during the panel. . “One thing Paul [Bryant] and I’ve talked a lot about making sure dancers feel comfortable and what’s more comfortable than your own hair.

The dance in Tale of the Lion King is one of the best I’ve seen. Choreographed by brothers Kevin and Marcel Wilson, this brand new production incorporates exciting dance styles such as African, house, stepping, jazz-funk and contemporary. The Wilson brothers have worked and toured with artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Cher. They have also worked on Broadway, in film and on television. The dance was an integral part of the telling of this story. “We wanted to bring musical theater and also the pop world where we come from, and kind of combine that and tell the story through choreography,” Marcel Wilson said during the panel. “We also went until Simba had a signature move to make it Simba. Scar had a certain quirk he did all the time that you could recognize.

While other gems like some Swahili dialogue and lyrics are seamlessly integrated into this theatrical production, there is also a family and kids component that ensures everyone has a great time. There’s a coloring activity before every performance at Fantasyland Theater, and kids can dance to the musical number “Hakuna Matata” with their creations. It really is a well thought out production that is visibly diverse.

Celebrate Soulfully is Disneyland’s latest project. It features rich experiences that honor black heritage and culture. It’s an extremely cool way to celebrate Black Music Month in June.

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