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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.