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TTPost launches stamps featuring local cuisine




Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat is watching, alongside Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Minister Avinash Singh, the TTPost stamp exhibition featuring local dishes launched on Saturday in Chaguanas. – Photo by Marvin Hamilton

To commemorate World Food Day 2021, the TT Postal Corporation (TTPost) has launched a collection of dozens of stamps featuring local cuisine.

The dishes featured on the stamps include Sunday lunch, crab and dumplings, doubles, cow’s heel soup, black pudding, roasted corn, salted fish and its provisions, shark and pastry, roast chicken and pelau chicken.

Created in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, the stamps were unveiled on Saturday during World Food Day celebrations at the farmers’ market of the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (Namdevco) in Chaguanas.

Speaking at the event, TTPost President Hakeem Ahmad said the stamps were another effort by TTPost to help document and promote the culture of TT.

Ahmad explained, “Trinidad and Tobago is blessed with my exquisite culinary delights, some of which we are happy to feature on this stamp issue.

“By nurturing and promoting philately (study of stamps) and philately, TTPost can partner with the national community to record and transmit our rich heritage to the international community.

“As the stamps are illustrated ambassadors of the country on a small canvas, the idea this year was to represent local foods. “

During the event, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat praised the stamps.

“The stamps really celebrate some things… one is the color and brilliance of Trinidad and Tobago cuisine and two, the rich heritage of things,” said Rambharat.

But with doubles appearing on one of the stamps, Rambharat also referred to his controversial 2020 doubles remarks.

Speaking during the Point Fortin Borough Corporation growbox distribution at Fanny Village Recreational Ground on November 30, 2020, Rambharat said the duplicate was “100% imported content” and questioned whether it was qualified as “national dish”.

“I got hit last year when I talked about a specific thing that everyone loves, including me.

“It’s on one of the stamps and all I was saying was I like it but I don’t like it for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Rambharat said.

TTPost’s general sales and marketing manager, Carl Ramdeo, noted that the stamps were the second collaboration between TTPost and the ministry.

The first collaboration took place in 2018 for a collection of stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Port of Spain.

Welcoming the collaborations, Ramdeo said, “It’s important to note that when public organizations collaborate like we do today, for this launch, the audience is well served and endless.

“The Genuine Stamp Book (launched today) will find its way into the retail network of 13 stores, 20 franchises and over 99 stamp retailers across TT.”