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Caribbean Food Week Festival returns to Brixton tomorrow

HOT FROM THE GRILL: A chef checks the food on the barbeque grill

THE SECOND annual Grace Foods UK-sponsored Caribbean Food Week Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26 in Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 from 11am to 7pm.

The two-day event, which celebrates all things Caribbean and takes place during Caribbean Food Week (August 21–28) will bring Caribbean culture to Brixton, with live cookery demonstrations, authentic street food, a Caribbean market, and live music to complete the Caribbean vibe.

Caribbean chefs will be on stage with live cookery demos, and will be on hand to share top tips with visitors looking to cook Caribbean at home.

For the first time, attendees will also be able to make use of a bespoke Snapchat filter, custom made for Caribbean Food Week 2017; giving visitors the chance to share their experience with friends in a fun and unique way.

The event will also be supported on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with followers being encouraged to share their experiences and photos via the official Caribbean Food Week channels, and the chance to win prizes via exclusive giveaways.

Nyree Chambers, Head of Marketing at Grace Foods UK is excited about the return of the festival to Brixton. She said:

“Following the success of last year’s first annual Caribbean Food Week Festival, we can’t wait to return to Brixton with a taste of all that the Caribbean has to offer.

“Caribbean Food Week is all about experimenting with new flavours, and enjoying the authentic taste of Caribbean cooking from your very own kitchen. We’re hopeful that this event will give confidence to home cooks looking to try out Caribbean cuisine for the first time, or even looking to pick up new skills from our live demonstrations.

“We’ll also be offering money-off coupons for Grace and Dunn’s River products, so visitors can stock-up in store on all they need to cook up a storm.”

Here are some of the stall holders who will be taking part in the festival:


BACK AGAIN: Carmen’s Caribbean Kitchen will be serving-up some delicious food

Serving-up authentic Caribbean cuisine, Carmen Richards launched Carmen’s Caribbean Kitchen in 2003. Catering to all kinds of occasions from weddings and christenings, to festivals and world food markets, Carmen’s Caribbean Kitchen has featured on TV and in local press, building a reputation in St. Albans and the surrounding area. Exhibiting at the Caribbean Food Week Festival following the success of last year’s event, their speciality Curried Goat and Mutton makes it a stall that’s not to be missed.


ON A ROLL: The Nanny Outars team making fresh roti

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.

Twitter: @NannyOutars


The Voice will be in attendance, promoting our African and Caribbean Food and Restaurant Guide which was launched last year. A unique publication featuring a list of restaurants, takeaways and food suppliers around the UK, as well as a combination of mouth-watering recipes from Africa and the Caribbean, 2017 marks the second edition of this yearly guide taking readers on a journey from Africa to the Caribbean.

The Voice Managing Director, Paulette Simpson said:

“We at The Voice are proud of this development and believe we need to play our part as Britain’s leading black newspaper, in supporting our communities by promoting our culture and cuisine.”

Twitter: @TheVoiceNews


ITAL VITAL: Poppy and Dan from Ital Fresh, leaders in natural food

Showcasing their Caribbean inspired, vegan street food will be Ital Fresh. Run by partners Poppy and 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.”

Twitter: @ItalFresh


Brixton-based trader Pempamsie will be showing their range of fashion and African goods. Trading for a total of 19 years, and aiming to unite Africans worldwide through “culture, business and pleasure,” the company uses a number of suppliers based in Africa and dedicated to fair trade. Pempamsie have partnered with Blaque Ribbon fashion designers to offer their complete range of male and female fashion, all made with natural fabrics. Visitors will find many traditional African delights on offer, with fashions, jewellery, arts and crafts on sale.

Website: www.pempamsiecom
Twitter: @pempamsie

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