Primary school pupils will taste foods from across the globe today with all primaries in the Isle of Man putting on special French, Italian and Chinese menus, as well as normal menu choices.
Schools opting for the French menu on Friday 8th March will serve up French-style chicken with peas and ham, Sauté potatoes and French cheese with baguette and grapes. Those going Italian will enjoy Neapolitan pizza, red and green salads and Zeppole, a doughnut with topping. On the Chinese menu is sweet and sour chicken with Chinese style vegetables, special rice and a lychee pudding.
Chris Wilson, Schools Catering Manager, said:
‘I recently had the pleasure in talking to some Year 5 children at Scoill Ree Gorree and was inspired by their love of food. The variety of foods they liked ranged from Manx kippers and Manx cheese to spicy spare ribs and peppered squid. So when the opportunity arose to celebrate international cuisine on International School Meals Day, I thought we should embrace it. Of course, some children prefer more traditional dishes, which will also be available on the day.’
‘International School Meals Day really highlights how important school meals are now considered in so many countries, with the USA being the latest country to introduce stricter rules in order that their school meals served meet health standards.’