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Westmoreland Curry Festival - April 28, 2013- Review
For weeks, I had planned on covering the event (for more than
one reason, but was reminded just days before the event that I
had another important engagement :-( (See Announcement)
Well, although the other event was miles away in Santa Cruz,
St. Elizabeth, I was lucky to get back in time; just before sunset to snap some dusk (evening) photos :-)
I didn't stay for the entire duration of the show but long enough to get a solid idea of (and enjoy) the fun, food and frolic!
Despite been $1,000 JMD to get in, from all indication the event was very well attended and the venue well secured; soldiers and policemen provided all the security and confidence the massive audience needed.
It was nice to see the healthy mix of patrons, youth, adults, children; local and tourists, males and females.
As usual, their were a string of kitchen and vendors lining the venue, all colorfully and beautifully adorned.
And believe me the offerings were many, and yes, "everything curry" - almost!
These menu boards captured it well:
Curried Steamed Fish
And it got wilder, there was....
Curried Goat Head and Belly
Curried Salt Fish Run Down
Curried Salt Mackerel Run Down
Curried Vegetable Rice
Curried Vegetable Burger &
And there was also roasted corns - one of my Jamaican snack favourite; not curried, at least not this year :-)
What do you make of this curried pork with Roti?
[By the way, do take the opportunity to learn more about Jamaican food here]
No family event is complete the fun for kids and West'land Curry
Festival had it. There was the old Merry-Go-Round but they also had slides. And yes, how could I forget, the Clown :-), he was friendly enough to pose for a picture for you (yes you)
Toy cars, cotton candies, sno-cone, peanuts, hot dogs etc, were all there.
So what do you make of this activity though (below)?
Kids throwing balls to land in any of the groves, if succesful, the amount of money in that groove is his/hers?
I didn't stay for the show in the evening but from all indications, it went very well.
In addition to the Miss Westmoreland Curry Festival Pageant, Beenie Man, Ken Boothe, Tifa, Spice, Baby Tash, Ernie Smith and Lloyd Lovindeer, etc. were all slated.
According to news in other media, Edge Michael, Ernie Smith, Ken Boothe and Lovindeer all thrilled the mixture of young and old patrons.
Special big up and commendation goes to the following booths, Good Appetite & Mix Tea Lounge & Restaurant, Manning's Home Ec dept. and Grace Kennedy.
I can't recall the name of the dish, but Grace had a sumptuous
curried vegetable dish to die for!
And by the way, Mix Tea Restaurant now has a convenient outlet in Robins River, Westmoreland, do check them when you get a chance- great food!
Big up my dear friend, a real charmer (bartender for the event and teacher at the school), Aneice - just a wonderful being.
The Westmoreland Curry Festival is regarded as the leading
curry food show in the Caribbean that hosts over 15,000 patrons each year.
Every year, chefs, restaurants from across Jamaica showcase
their curry dishes.
Dishes range from the traditional curried goat, curried chicken, curried crab and curried shrimp to the more wild and adventurous, curried conch in sorrel or curried breadfruit rum pudding with coconut rum anglaise sauce.
The event is topped off with performances from top Jamaican
local reggae, vintage and gospel artistes.
Westmoreland Curry Festival is now the largest annual family
entertainment event in Westmoreland, Jamaica.
This charity event is organized and run by a group of volunteers; a large number of whom are past students of the The Mannings School.
If you are in Jamaica and missed this event, be sure not to
next year. It is a realy fun event for the entire family not
to be missed.
And who knows, you might just run into that old friend you haven't seen in decades - I did :-)