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Are you ready for London's biggest Caribbean food festival?

THE COUNTDOWN to a feast of Caribbean food, drink, fashion and music is on!

Grace Food's Caribbean Food Week Festival takes place at Windrush Square, in the heart of Brixton, south London on Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27 from 11am - 7pm.

Visitors to the two-day festival will enjoy a fun-filled mix of cookery demonstrations, Caribbean street food stalls and vendors, live music and an authentic Caribbean market.

Two of the UK’s best known Caribbean chefs, Hasan Defour and Brixton-based Solomon Smith, will each be conducting five live cookery demonstrations and joining visitors afterwards to share handy hints about how to make great-tasting Caribbean food at home.

And one lucky person will win a seven-night holiday for two in St Lucia, including flights and transfers, courtesy of a free prize draw by one of the festival exhibitors, SN Travel.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy delicious food provided by seven Caribbean cuisine specialists, discover the delights of holidaying in the Caribbean, unearth some of the Caribbean’s finest writers and those with an eye for Caribbean fashion won’t be disappointed either.

And to add even more Caribbean sunshine, authentic steel pan musicians will be on site to provide a true Caribbean soundtrack to the two-day festival.

“We’re looking forward to a fantastic event. As the UK’s No.1 name in Caribbean food and drink, we want as many people as possible to join us and enjoy the true taste of the Caribbean,” said event organiser Nyree Chambers, head of marketing at Grace Foods UK.

“The event has something for everyone," Chambers added. "Admission is free, we’re giving away money-off, in-store coupons for Grace/Dunn’s River products and, quite simply, we’re inviting people to come along and have a great time!”

Here are some of the exhibitors who will be taking part:

Jewel Isle
Jewel Isle will be promoting their unique and delicious Rum Punch in three exotic flavours; Tropical, Lemon-Lime and Pineapple-Ginger, capturing the traditional Caribbean drinking experience right here in the UK.

Made using an authentic Jamaican family recipe perfected over decades, Jewel Island Rum Punch gave MD Anita Witters the opportunity to share her late father’s legacy with the rest of the world. Developing her own twist on the original tropical flavour has secured Anita fantastic accreditations, such as the Silver Award for British Female Innovator.

Anita can’t wait to share her refreshing Rum Punch cocktails with the revellers in Brixton. Witters said: “This unique rum punch will make any event extra special, whether it’s a wedding, birthday or just given as a gift.”

Visit: www.jewelislerumpunch.co.uk/

Nanny Outars

London street food vendor Nanny Outars will be offering deliciously fresh rotis on the day, filled with authentic Guyanese-inspired ingredients.

Inspired by Nanny Outar herself, one of 13 siblings born in Guyana and known as the cook of the family, grandson Chris Hogan has taken her culture, recipes and personality to create a legacy that warms the hearts and stomachs of food lovers all over the UK. Since 2014, Nanny Outars have run successful weekly street food concepts at two busy London locations and festivals such as Field Day Festival and the Lambeth Country Show. Nanny Outars cuisine takes influence from several different sources, most notably the Caribbean and India, meaning that unique flavours are always guaranteed.

Visit: www.facebook.com/nannyoutars

Ital Fresh

Showcasing their Caribbean inspired, vegan street food will be Ital Fresh. Run by partners Poppy & Dan, Ital Fresh works to represent the beautiful fruit and vegetables of the Caribbean as a change from the norm of jerk chicken and barbecued meats.

Following the principles of living prescribed by the Rastafari culture, everything Ital Fresh rustles up will be entirely plant based, grown from the earth and free from any meat, dairy or fish, with the aim of connecting people to nature.

Having been covered by a number of vegan food blogs, the BBC, and as a favourite of reggae band The Wailers, their next exciting venture will see them catering for reggae royalty; Julian Marley.

Poppy said: “I definitely have an affinity with this culture and my partner Dan has grown up with it. We have travelled around Jamaica and I just loved the honesty and flavours of the food, I wanted to bring it home and add my own spin on it.”

Visit: www.facebook.com/italfresh/

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