In Saint Lucia our creole heritage is a mix of African, French and Amerindian culture. Everything from our food, creole language, music, dress and dance has heavy French and African influence. October is Creole Heritage month, with the festival of Jounen Kwéyòl celebrated on the last Sunday of the month. Communities all over the island come together to feast on local dishes like bouillon, breadfruit, saltfish, cassava bread, accra, creole bread, callalou soup, green fig, penmi, cocoa tea . . . Okay, we’re rambling. First held in 1984, Jounen Kwéyòl is a way to preserve and honour our history. People are encouraged to speak the creole language, wear the national dress and show their pride in being Saint Lucian.