Every year, on the Saturday closest to the 10th of August, the Guadeloupe chefs' association (Association des Cuisinières de Guadeloupe) organises a rally in Pointe-à-Pitre to celebrate St. Lawrence, the patron saint of cooks. The women of the island go to mass at the cathedral, dressed in their splendid dresses, headdresses, and madras, in order to bless their dishes, carefully aligned at the foot of the altar in baskets decorated with flowers. Pastry cooks then began a long procession through the streets of the city, baskets on their arm or head, until the hour when everyone gathers for a huge banquet, with traditional songs and dances. This is an essential moment of popular life in Pointe-à-Pitre not to be missed!
Fête des cuisinières
Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul
Place de l'Église
(and at various venues)
6 August 2016