Flavours of Us

Devon’s Caribbean, Hindu and Polish communities invite you to join them for Flavours of Us.

Flavours of Us is a family-friendly food and culture event taking place at the city-centre Barnfield Theatre on 27th May 2023.

Find out more about the event below. There are two time slots and booking is essential. Everybody is welcome!

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Illustrated artwork for Flavours of Us food and culture experience. Background: Blue sky. Rolling hills in different shades of green. Foreground: A diverse group of people sat and stood around a dinner table. The table has a tea stand on it with sweet and savoury foods from Caribbean, Hindu and Polish cuisines. Around the tea stand, plates painted with patterns from Caribbean, Hindu and Polish cultures. The plates have wrapped napkins on them. On the bottom of the table, a golden paint stroke with black text on it reading: ‘Saturday 27 May at the Barnfield Theatre. Exeternorthcott.co.uk / 01392 72 63 63’. Above the table and group of people, text reads (in Hindi, Polish and Gujarati, then English): ‘Flavours of Us’. Behind the text on either side of the image, two sets of bunting: the first is green and white, the second features the patterns from Caribbean, Hindu and Polish cultures. On the bottom left-hand corner of the artwork, the Exeter Northcott Theatre Barnfield logo.

What to Expect

On the day, you can expect a guided experience, including:

A community welcome

Be welcomed into the space by our community hosts.

A community memory sharing circle

Join us for a facilitated community circle as we share memories and stories about food.

A children’s craft workshop

Create crafts inspired by food and place to take home with you.

Creative installations

Explore backstage to discover hidden creative installations based around food.

Immerse yourself in different flavours, smells, sounds and textures. Smell spices, handle dough or try a still life drawing.

An ‘Afternoon Tea with a Twist’

Take a seat at our table and sample sweet and savoury treats and drinks from each culture, served in a high tea style.

Vegetarian, meat-eating and vegan options will be available – please indicate your preference when booking.

How much does it cost?

This event is ticketed on a ‘pay what you choose’ model. This means you can choose the price bracket which best suits you and your circumstances.

A – Jam: I’d like to support the event and support its running costs.
Adults £14 / Children £7

B – Cream: I’d like to enjoy the event.
Adults £8 / Children £4

Everyone will have the same experience. Every ticket will include all elements of the experience, including the full afternoon tea and a range of hot and cold drinks from each culture.

What will I eat at the tea? Can I sit with my friends or family?

The Afternoon Tea with a Twist will include a range of sweet and savoury treats and drinks from each culture, served in a high tea style. There is no need to dress up though, please wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

There will be six items provided per person: one savoury and one sweet treat from each of the event’s cultures (Caribbean, Hindu and Polish). Vegetarian, meat-eating and vegan options will be available. Please tell us your preference when booking. A classic hot and a cold drink from each culture will also be offered. We kindly ask people not to take more (or different) items than they have booked for. This will help us ensure there is enough for everybody to enjoy.

This event is about connection, community, and conversation. Seating will be at large tables of 4 – 10 people, and seats will not be pre-allocated. On the day, you can choose to sit with your own family and friends, or to make new ones by sitting with someone new!

Allergies / dietary needs

Vegetarian, meat-eating and vegan options will be available. Please tell us your preference when booking, as well as any allergies or dietary needs.

As this is a small, bespoke community event with food being provided by 3 different caterers, we cannot guarantee that all dietary needs will be met, or that all food is prepared in an allergen-free environment. On the day, we will inform you which items will suit your diet and if possible, we will offer an alternative. There will be full allergen and ingredient information available for all food and drink items.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Nicole on [email protected], ideally before you book.

Access and mobility

Flavours of Us will take place in the main auditorium, the Clifford Room, Front of House and backstage areas. The Barnfield Theatre is a historic building and was not designed with accessibility in mind. We believe that everyone should be able to experience live events and are actively working to make the Barnfield as accessible as possible. During the first phase of our plan to refurbish the Barnfield, we installed a fully accessible toilet on the ground floor of the building. Nevertheless, we recognise that there are limitations to the accessibility of certain areas.

Flavours of Us can be experienced in its entirety on level access, though you may need to travel a slightly different route between certain parts of the event. All areas are accessible using an average width manual wheelchair. The backstage corridors feature awkward corners and small door frames, which may not be accessible for motorised wheelchair users. Please be aware that this means you may not be able to join the craft workshops and creative installations if you take part using a motorised wheelchair. Access to the welcome, memory sharing circle and afternoon tea with a twist will take place in accessible spaces.

There will be a chill-out area for parents with little ones, or those needing a bit of time-out.

Please contact us if you have any further questions about access. Our team will be happy to help.

Who is organising and supporting the event?

Flavours of Us has been designed and developed by the Encompass group.

Encompass is a collaborative creative project, run by volunteer community members from a range of different communities. The group works together to create and curate vibrant cultural experiences, to which everybody is welcome.

The Encompass Project is delivered in creative partnership with South West-based theatre company Beyond Face, with consultation, mentoring and support from Sandhya Dave of Devon Diversity Consultants. This project received locality funding from Devon County Councillors Danny Barnes and Carol Whitton.

Photo by Ralph Whitehead
Photo by Jacob Blackburn

Get involved!

The Encompass group is currently made up of a wonderful group of creatives and community members from Exeter and Devon’s Hindu, Polish and Caribbean communities. In future years, we hope to expand this project to work with more communities, so that we can share, create together, and celebrate their cultures too.

If you are interested in being involved, please get in touch! We’d love to hear from you. You can contact our Community Engagement Producer Nicole Redfern on [email protected]

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