Visitors competed to determine who could cause a kettle to boil the fastest using basic tools to fire a coal pot. The 22nd Annual Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair. Bordeaux Farmers' Market. St. Thomas, VI. 19 January 2019. © Aisha-Zakiya Boyd

One of the more fascinating things about food is how it tells the story of a people. We celebrate and grieve through food. We nourish and destroy with food. We express our spirituality and wage war through food. What and how we eat tells everything about us.

Here in the Virgin Islands, the many threads that make up the web of culture of our islands radiate out from the food. It connects us to our ancestors and their ancestors from back home, beyond these shores.