Jamaican Culture

Christmas in Jamaica: It’s Sorrel Drinking Time!

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Blog, Jamaican Culture, Jamaican Food, Jamaican Recipes | 0 comments

Christmas in Jamaica: It’s Sorrel Drinking Time!

Christmas in Jamaica would not be Christmas without traditional Jamaican Sorrel Drink, and you still have plenty of time to make yours! Yes, you can buy it pre-bottled year-round in Jamaican supermarkets and throughout the Caribbean, but there is something special about making your own. Homemade is always better. It's not difficult and is good for you (if you leave out the rum!). Sorrel ("SAH-rell"), is the Jamaican name for the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant, a prickly species of the hibiscus (not the ornamental variety) and cousin to the okra. Sorrel grows abundantly in Jamaica, and you will...

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Faith’s Pen Jamaica | Tasty Road Food in Saint Ann!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Blog, Jamaica Things to Do, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican Culture, Jamaican Food, Ocho Rios Jamaica, St. Ann Jamaica | 0 comments

Faith’s Pen Jamaica | Tasty Road Food in Saint Ann!

A Cultural (& Food) Landmark in Faith's Pen, Jamaica If you love "road food" as much as I do and are driving between the North Coast of Jamaica and Kingston or Spanish Town via Route A1, be sure to make a rest stop at the famous Faith's Pen near Mount Diablo, in the central mountain area of Saint Ann Parish. Specifically, this Jamaican-style "truck stop" is located right along the edge of a winding section of road between the rural communities of Mount Rosser and Moneague, about 12 miles south of Ocho Rios. There's no way you can miss it. You'll find a strip of food vendor stalls with...

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Must Do: Fi Wi Sinting Festival | Portland Jamaica | Feb 17, 2013

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Blog, Festivals/Events, Jamaican Culture, Maroons, Portland Jamaica | 0 comments

Must Do: Fi Wi Sinting Festival | Portland Jamaica | Feb 17, 2013

Family Fun at Portland's Fi Wi Sinting Festival The 23rd staging of Fi Wi Sinting, a celebration of Jamaica’s African heritage, will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Somerset Falls, Hope Bay, Portland from 10AM-8PM. Admission J$800 (about US$9.00), Children J$200 (about US $2.50) and Students with ID J$500 (about US$5.50). The phrase "Fi Wi Sinting" means "It is ours" in Jamaican patois, and represents how Jamaicans embrace and celebrate the food, traditions and customs that followed their ancestors from Africa. Take the entire family and enjoy a fun-filled day of mingling with...

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Don’t miss it! 2011 Portland Jerk Festival | this Sunday, July 3rd | Port Antonio, Jamaica

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Beenie Man, Etana, Festivals/Events, Jamaica Things to Do, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican crafts, Jamaican Culture, Jamaican Food, Jamaican jerk, Jamaican Music, Port Antonio Jamaica, Portland Jamaica, Portland Jerk Festival, Sizzla Kalonji, Terry Linen | 4 comments

How can you really top this - delicious Jamaican jerk and fun family-oriented entertainment - all in one place?? Come savor Jamaica's most famous style of cooking this Sunday, July 3rd, at the 12th Portland Jerk Festival in Port Antonio, Jamaica! This Festival is always a favorite and this year's should be no exception. As usual, the Festival expects a bumper crop of locals from all over the island as well as tourists to make the annual trip to Portland to enjoy the creations of Jamaica's popular chefs. The event always features more than 25 authentic jerk vendors from Portland, the "Home of...

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Eco-music festival in St Elizabeth this Saturday July 2

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Dancehall, Festivals/Events, Jamaica Travel, Jamaican crafts, Jamaican Culture, Jamaican Food, Jamaican Music, Lovers' Rock, Reggae Artistes, Roots Reggae, St. Elizabeth Jamaica, Stevie Face | 0 comments

If you're in the area of St. Elizabeth Jamaica this weekend, take the family to this fun new festival and enjoy a swim or a nature walk to the waterfalls. There will also be a Grand Market, Jamaican food and crafts & a stage show. It's all taking place at RivFalls, Maggotty, St. Elizabeth on Saturday, July 2nd, between 8AM and 2AM. Adults $1500, after 5 $2000. VIP PRESOLD $3500 - 21 & over, Children 12 and under FREE, Children 12 - 16 all day $500, 17 & over $1000. Eco-music festival for St Bess this Saturday A number of Jamaican artistes are going green. They are billed to...

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Easter in Jamaica | Bun and Cheese!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Jamaican Culture, Jamaican Food | 4 comments

The Story of the Jamaica Easter Tradition From The Hot Cross Buns Yum, let’s all have a hot cross bun. Jamaicans probably remember the universal ditty associated with the delicious treats— "Hot cross buns, hot cross buns One a penny, two a penny Hot cross buns; If you have no daughters, give them to your sons. One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns." Sung quite a bit at Easter time, the song reminds many of childhood delights, but most people probably don’t realize that hot cross buns pre-date the Jamaican Easter-season bun and cheese and led to their popularity. Sometimes called Easter...

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