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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Have you ever heard of a Jamaican festival? And no, I am not referring to an event where we dance, eat and enjoy cultural music. Although I must admit those are quite fun as well. The festival I am referring to is our yummy, mouth-watering, soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside perfection. It is perfectly named Festival because it has a combination of flavours that will make you want to get up and dance. It is like a party of flavours in your mouth.
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The Jamaican festival, the food, it is fried dough. When made correctly it is slightly sweet, with a soft fluffy texture in the middle and crunchy golden brown on the outside.
Festival is very similar to a regular Jamaican fried dumpling, but it is the shape of the dough and a few added ingredients that kick it up a notch and set it aside from just the typical dumpling. It is a traditional and cultural Jamaican food that can be had as a snack by itself or as a part of a full meal.
The Jamaican festival is made of a few main ingredients. These include flour, cornmeal, sugar, butter and milk. It is very flexible, once the main ingredients are added it can be customized with added flavours and spices. When making Jamaican festivals, some persons even add a little vanilla essence or grounded or powdered cinnamon.
Festival is normally had with pretty much any and every dish. It is great with steamed vegetables like Callaloo and cabbage, Ackee and Saltfish, some persons love their festival with a bowl of steaming hot red peas or Pumpkin Soup. But the main thing, the one thing you must try festival with is some spicy Jerk Chicken or Jerk Pork and of course some Escovitched Fish.
Just thinking about the yummy goodness of a warm festival is making me hungry. So I am sharing with you the recipe I am about to make myself, this is my favourite way of making festival.
Here is what you will need:
Serve with whatever side you like!
The Jamaican Festival is a delicious treat for everyone! Try making a batch for your family and friends and remember to grab a plate of Jerk Chicken and Festivals during your next stay in Jamaica.
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