Tropical Rhythms on London Southbank- Caribbean Food Week 2018

Hi guys! I wasn’t even going to post today as Sunday is my new posting day. But the fact of the matter is that I didn’t want to tell you about this event after the fact. It’s the last Bank Holiday of the year. It’s Notting Hill Carnival weekend in the capital, but it’s also Caribbean Food Week. If you want steel pans and good vibes, without the full on carnival crowd, this is the spot for you!

Caribbean Food Week 2018 Instagram flyer

Picture taken from Caribbean Food Week Instagram account

I found out about this event by accident a couple of years ago, on my lunch break in Brixton. It is organised by Grace Foods. If you are familiar with West Indian cooking, you may have heard of the brand. This year the event is running over 2 days, 24th and 25th August 2018.

#jerkrice saga

This past week, I have seen memes and rants about jerk rice. Im not going to add more fuel to the fire. There wasn’t any at Bernie Spain Gardens #justsaying? One thing that was in abundance though, was Jerk chicken! I bought a portion from 2 different vendors and I was not disappointed.

Jerk Chicken being cooked on the grill

I also got some curry goat, rice and peas as that is my standard go to meal. I’m a sucker for flaky pastry, so I just had to get a couple of patties as well. I know I’ve said I love food, but I’m not greedy. I got different things for the family, but I made sure I sampled it all lol. Speaking of samples, I tasted a bit of jerked hot dog. I had two flavours, cola beef and jerk lamb. I can already see you you screwing up your face, and saying errrrr why would someone do that? They were so tasty! If I hadn’t bought food already, I would have definitely got involved. Next time eh!

Vendor at Caribbean Food Week

Jerk dog- Jerk hot dog stall

Cook, eh!, recipe book

I know my way around the kitchen, by that I mean nobody has died yet! Jokes aside, I’m not actually a bad cook. My best dishes are labours of love. They take time to prep and cook because they are made from scratch. Today, I bought a few things that will definitely speed up a few dishes. Now, I always make fritters and fry dumpling from scratch, but when I saw these packets I thought, they were worth a try.

Grace Food Mixes- Saltfish fritter, festival and Johnny cake

When I make them, I’ll let you know what I think on Instagram. I also picked up some Encona pepper sauces and my Tropical Rhythms drinks. I’m not sure if these drinks have been affected by the sugar tax. I can confirm that they still have an amazing flavour.

Tropical Rhythms Drinks- Sorrel and Ginger, Pineapple and ginger, Fruit punch

Salt fish fritter mix, Johnny cake mix, Encona sweet chilli and hot pepper sauce

If you want to try some Caribbean cooking with a twist, there are live cooking demos providing inspiration for budding chefs. I stayed and watched one, where the chef was making ackee and saltfish festivals. I would have sampled but it started to rain and my shopping bags were heavy lol

Would I recommend Caribbean Food Week?

All in all, I had a great time on my Jack Jones! (On my own) I was baby free for the afternoon and got some of my favourite food. If you are looking for something to do in London this weekend, I would definitely recommend this event, it’s suitable for all of the family.

Here are the event details:

Caribbean Food Week

Bernie Spain Gardens

Upper Ground, Southbank

London SE1 9PP

It’s about 8 minutes from Soutwark tube station

Check it out tomorrow!

You can thank me later?

Trousseau xx

My previous post, talks about the 13 reasons why I’m thankful. Food is one of my reasons for being thankful lol. Check out what else I’m thankful for here.


  1. August 25, 2018 / 11:05 am

    They got JOHNNNY FREAKING CAKE MIX??? Watch me get a husband today. WATCH ME.
    Or I’ll just eat up the whole thing if it taste good and become solid lol! This looks like fun, I know I won’t be able to go and experience it but I love seeing things like this that have to do with the culture. Though tbh I’m not sure how I feel bout the johnny cake mix, it’s not like I can make it from scratch but I think stuff like that should be made from scratch. Just my opinion.

    • trousseau
      August 25, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Screaming ???? you are too funny!! Everything is better from scratch, you are right. On the other hand, I guess products like this are convenient. They also give folks the opportunity to try something new, that is somewhat authentic in taste. I thought let me try this and see. When I bought it, I actually asked if it tasted legit lol! When it comes to Grace and Dunns River, they haven’t failed me yet. This may be a first, I don’t know lol! When I make them, I’ll do an honest update on the gram or something.

  2. August 25, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    I will love to attend an event like this. Very interesting.

    • trousseau
      August 25, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      It was really nice! Food was good too. I will definitely make sure I attend the next one.

  3. August 29, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Oh my goodness, I am going to have to check this out this week! Great post!!

    • trousseau
      August 29, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      It was a great event, such a shame it was only on for 2 days. Most of the stuff I bought is available is supermarkets, so if you are feeling adventurous, you could give some of the products a try xx

  4. August 31, 2018 / 7:38 am

    This sounds fantastic. Not tried much Caribbean food but I’m inspired to find some now!

    • trousseau
      August 31, 2018 / 7:51 am

      It was so good. You really should give it a try, im sure you will enjoy it. There Is something for everyone. There are so many recipies on the internet and youtube, you could give some of them a try!

  5. September 4, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Can never go wrong when it comes to food hahah. Really enjoyed reading the post ?

    • trousseau
      September 4, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Yup! You are so right! I love my food too so it was an added bonus lol ?

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