Universally, street food allows customers to get a firsthand sense of the flow and preparation of local culinary magic.
Soon, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security will be rolling out its programme to showcase and promote ‘Guyanese only’ street foods, a venture that would open new industries and provide jobs for many, including single mothers, youth and persons with disabilities.
Phase one of the STREET FOOD Initiative includes the LOGO, TAGLINE and KIOSK design competitions.
According to Dr Vindhya Persaud, the street food concept hinges on the premise of people’s deep connection to local food flavours, “Guyanese have always been enamored by local cuisine and the opportunity to encourage persons to craft an industry that creatively presents our local or street foods to visitors and locals alike is captured in this initiative. The innovation creation of street food industry can make a sizeable contribution to the economy that has been impacted by COVID-19.”
The environment for the project must be conducive to promote the STREET FOOD initiative. Against this backdrop, Minister Persaud is optimistic that the kiosk will create that “trendy vibe that also promotes Guyana’s uniqueness and diversity.”
“What we at the Ministry want to achieve is a distinctive and stylish kiosk. A modern and eye-catching structure coupled with Guyana’s renowned mouth-watering creations in a winning formula creating a signature experience for Guyanese and visitors alike,” she stated.
All you need to know about the LOGO & TAGLINE and KIOSK competitions
The Logo & Tagline and Kiosk competitions will enable interested persons to “bring to light” the Ministry’s concept of stimulating positive growth in the social sector. Information and details on criteria/requirements, eligibility and judging criteria are available on the Ministry’s website: https://mhsss.gov.gy/images/STREET_FOOD_KIOSK_DESIGN_COMPETITION.png
The deadline for entries to both categories of competitions is Friday, February 26, 2021 at 15:00 H.
Once the winning design for the kiosk is selected, a model will be built by the Ministry and used as the specimen for the standardized structure, while the logo/ tagline will become the official emblem of the project.
“We will work with vulnerable groups to prepare their business plans and make referrals to secure small loans to build the structure and be part of this exciting new industry of food tourism,” Minister Persaud explained.
Under the initiative, potential vendors will undergo a three-stage training programme. The training sessions will place emphasis on hygiene, safe food handling, waste food disposal and entrepreneurship and producing authentic flavours and diversity. (Ministry of Human Services and Social Security Press Release)