Food and Community

Swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice

We recently were involved in a project swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice to improve ethnic relations in Plymouth. For this project we worked with Diversity Business Incubator, Plymouth Hope, Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and Plymouth Octopus Project.

The pilot project aims to unify communities from different cultural backgrounds by sharing recipes, sport and life experiences.

Food hampers and sports sets have been delivered across the city as part of the Unifying Plymouth initiative.

Chris and Hannah spent Friday 12th diriving around the St Budeauex area to deliver Nigerian meal kits to 25, mainly white, British families. They contain all the ingredients needed to make Nigerian Fried Rice (with instructions)​, a recipe card and a magazine about Nigeria’s national sport, football.

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In return, hampers containing the ingredients to make a traditional Devon Cream Tea have been given to 25 migrant families along with a recipe card. They have also been given a guide to cricket and a cricket set.

In 2017/18, there was a 21% increase in hate crime in Plymouth.

A previous analysis of hate crime offences in the city showed that 75% were categorised as racism, with the majority involving abuse, threats, harassment or violence.

In 2018, the Plymouth City Survey found that just 39% of respondents agreed that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together. Find out more about the research in the 2019 Plymouth Report here.

Dwain Morgan, Assistant Community Manager for Plymouth Argyle Community Trust, said, "Argyle Community Trust are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting and educational project.

“To be involved in this collaboration that helps local communities learn about culture through the sharing of food, sport, faith and a whole host of other things is extremely rewarding.”

On Friday 19th June, Chris and Dwain went on BBC Radio Devon to talk to Gordon Sparks about the project. You can listen to the interview in our video below.