It was an evening of music, games, and everything curried at the 2nd Annual Jamaica Curry Festival, which was held in Richmond, St. Ann. The festival featured a high school cooking competition, giveaways, kid sports, singers, and much more. TVJ was there in the mix interviewing patrons and vendors. The evening was a very nice and enjoyable way to slide into the Heritage Day celebrations.
Homage was paid to our National Heroes and Heroin, who fought and struggled against oppression, by singing the second verse of our National Anthem. We shall never forget those who lay down their lives for us Jamaicans to be free. The atmosphere was filled with this awareness, hence performances like the Fire Dance performed by the last Fire Dragon in Jamaica.
The food was delicious! Anything one can think of was curried and tasted amazing. The conch cooked in a curry coconut sauce was so tender…head nodding…eyes rolling…speechless! The lobster and shrimp curry run dung is a must; one dish was served with big chucks of meat in gravy, along with curried festival and breadfruit…unbelievable.
Needless to say the party went on till the wee hours of the morning, and why not? It seemed to be a great idea, because the next day was a holiday, yeah mon. National Heroes Day is celebrated in Jamaica on October 17 in recognition of our heroes and heroin. So party on my fellow people, make our ancestors proud.
Here is a list of some of the dishes at the festival:Curried seafood dishes, which included; lobster, lobster balls, fish, shrimp, and conch Curried jerk chicken Curried chicken Curried goat Curried ackee and salt fish Curried ice-cream Curried macaroon Curried carrot cake