Welcome to our second Parent Profile to announce the annual BFIS International Food Fair, our very own, cultural food-fest meant to showcase all the wonderful cultural diversity here at BFIS!
In keeping with our desire to celebrate those parents who give unfailingly and unselfishly to the BFIS community, we are profiling some of the wonderful BFIS parents who make IFF the amazing event that it is! Without their generosity, time, energy, and creativity, the IFF would not be possible.
Our second parent profile is an interview with Ludovica Laricchia Robbio (Maglione), this year´s Country Captain for the Italian table. Ludovica is the busy mother of two children who go to BFIS, one in Nursery and one in Kindergarten (Ignazio and Gregorio). This is her third year involved with the International Food Fair. The first year, Ludovica participated by cooking. As Ludovica said, “the second year, I knew I had to do more, so I lead!”
We asked Ludovica what made her want to become more involved. She told us that it was all about “this energy, this committment I see in the eyes of the people, the women! It´s this happiness! I am a positive thinker and I value generosity, so I get inspired by the BFIS community to give further. You know with all the bad things that are happening around us, this is just a place of cooperation, support and engagement. I want to be a part of that!”
We also asked Ludovica what things inspired her when it comes time to plan and decorate the Italian table. She said that she would have the Italian flag, of course, with matching flowers and veggies: green, white and red, and pasta of various shapes and sizes to showcase. And then there will be mozzarella cheese, a must for any celebration of all that is Italian!
Ludovica also told us that this year she asked some public Italian Institutions in Spain and Italy to provide publicity, flyers and brochures about some of the most beautiful places to visit in Italy. “You know, the Turkish table had flyers last year and I thought, what a great and smart idea! So we´ll have flyers about Rome’s Colloseum, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, the Gulf of Naples and lots of other wonderful corners of my country, as well as a list of very, very exclusive travel agents I know who can introduce select clients to the most private Palazzi in Italy!”
In terms of food, “there will be a hot, oven-prepared, pasta dish, and parmessan cheese among other Italian surprises! Truly worth trying!”
Last year, 5 parents worked hard to prepare and showcase Italy. Ludovica said that this year, there will only be three, but she was just as excited to be a part of the fest and suggested that if any BFIS parent wanted to help with the Italian table and/or prepare some food, she would love for them to contact her through the PTA, and/or the Nursery and Kindergarten room parent.
We asked Ludovica if she had any advice for parents who might like to participate. This is what she told us:
- ” Just do it! Set up your national table and sink your taste buds into a delirium of flavors!!! Or if you´re not involved with a table, you can be of tremendous help at any table: with their setting up, their serving shifts, their cleaning, and socializing with the visitors!
- Support your kids by inviting people from Barcelona because it’s our PTA’s ONLY fund raiser!! Those lovely pancakes on Pancake Day, that amazing drum show at Carnival, the Holiday Concert, all these wonderful things for our children and parent community! The money to fund those great events come from from this one event, ONLY! So please purchase tickets, tickets, and more tickets!! It all goes to a great cause!
- Come and enjoy the amazing food and our childrens´ special performances! They put their hearts and souls into it!”
I think there´s no better way to end this interview then with Ludovica´s words, “You know my kids love IFF. It´s a great family affair!”
If you would like to get involved with this year´s International Food Fest, just click on the link under VOLUNTEERS WANTED, in the upper left hand column of this post! See you there!