Jamaica Independence Day
A couple Saturdays ago, Jamaica celebrated 49 years of independence from England. It said goodbye to the mother country in 1962, cutting its overseas territory ties. Cayman is still an OT with no signs of going independent anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we don’t recognize a good opportunity to cook up some tasty food. Cayman has long-standing historical ties with its eastern neighbor with at least (and i’m probably underestimating here) 20 percent of its population coming from Jamaica in the form of expatriate workers and residents. That means its a big party here when Jamaican Independence Day rolls around. It started with a food festival in central George Town. Heck yea, we were there.
Clark Kent and I scoped out our booths of choice and joined the queues.
CK’s curry chicken, rice and dumplings came from the Faith’s Pen booth. ‘It was fine,’ he said. ‘The curry was tasty and not too spicy, like most Jamaican curries here are.’ I grabbed up the fish escovitch and roasted breadfruit from the Helshire booth where the chefs rocked their bright red Grace toques. The fish was a little dry but the flavor was good. The breadfruit was fantastic. It inspired me to take home two of my own which are destined to become ‘saladized.’
And the day wouldn’t be complete without an Island Taste Jamaican pattie! At least…that was what I was hoping for. Unfortunately, they’d been picked clean of their beef patties and had only chicken and lobster left. Boo! Fortunately for me, I can get patties pretty much anywhere, anytime in Cayman. Yay!
Happy Independence Jamaica!