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Bringing island vibes to the masses

DREAM TEAM: Angie Browne, Ally Marques

SINCE JANUARY 2018, the triple powerhouse team, Angie Browne, Ally Marques and Jay Reid launched a partying experience like no other.

Through their love of Caribbean culture, the team formed a close bond through their involvement in Europe’s largest street festival, Notting Hill carnival.

Inspired by Caribbean food, roots and heritage, the team spotted a gap in the market and soon saw an opportunity to combine their cultural passions to plug the UK party scene with something unique and diverse.

Four months in and the team hosts the Caribbean Brunch Party on the last Sunday of every month. Housed in the lavishly decorated underground space of the Proud Cabaret in London, guests are welcomed in from 11am.

To kick start your morning, the warm and friendly hosts have the drinks on deck with the bottomless rum punch hour in full swing.

From 12pm, it’s time to fill your belly with a three course Caribbean meal. The menu caters to everyone with dishes for veggie eaters, meat lovers and fish foodies alike.

My authentic dining experience started off with sticky chicken pops that were marinated in sweet and peppery hot flavours.

To follow, the curry goat with rice n peas was a complete hit. The tender meat that was bursting with flavour offered me a traditional taste of home.

And for those of you who love a pudding, the light and fluffy apple pie was the perfect sweet treat to end the menu.

Following the top-notch brunch, it was time to hit the dance floor. From old school reggae classics to the latest soca tunes to touch the road, there wasn’t a still moment on the dance floor.

Chatting with two of the organisers about what inspired the party, Angie Browne said: We love our culture, it’s massive. Here at the Caribbean Brunch Party, we’re putting a spin on things and taking a party above street level.

I don’t think there’s anything like this out there and we just wanted to take things that one step further.

Traditionally in English culture, you can find a lot of pubs doing a Sunday roast. It’s been done for years and years.”

She continued: “I can do my rice and peas on a Sunday and enjoy it with our music. It was a combination of things that were missing which we’ve now brought together.”

When asked who the Caribbean brunch party was targeted at, Ally Marques said: “There’s no minority, there’s no majority this is for everybody, our event is limitless.

This is also a form of educating people because it reaches and broadens people’s minds. With us there’s no age limit everything is very mixed. Regardless of how old you are everyone will have a good time. You just won’t want to sit down,” she added.

Together, the leading ladies said: “For the future we want this to be bigger and better. We just want to see everybody under one roof.

Even though this has been birthed through Caribbean culture, the invitation has been extended to everybody.”

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