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2016 Caribbean-American Heritage Food Events

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List of 2016 Caribbean-American Heritage Month Food Activities in DMV

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Caribbean Cuisine Week 2016

 

Eat, Mangez, Come, Nyam  Caribbean!   JUNE 19-25, 2016 is Caribbean Cuisine Week. Attend Caribbean Cuisine Events, Talks & Workshops in June. (Events) .  Learn about Caribbean foods, drinks & history. Enjoy special menus, distinctive Caribbean dishes at participating restaurants and markets. TASTE – COOK – LEARN- LAUGH

  JUNE 2016 CARIBBEAN FOOD EVENTS

Caribbean Heritage Festival, “Taste of the Caribbean”, Saturday June 4th, 12 Noon to 7PM, Bladensburg Park Water Front, Blandensburg, MD., 301-322-7497,  Sponsor:  The Caribbean Council of Prince George’s County, http://www.thecaribbeancouncil.org . Event is Free.  Food and other vending charge by vendors.   

Enjoy one of the first events in the DMV celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month in an unrivaled setting on the banks of the Anacostia River tributary, while listening to Caribbean music, including live performances, dancing, people-watching and enjoying Caribbean foods, sold by vendors.  Past standout foods included shaved ice  with traditional tropical syrups, and foods from the Caribbean diaspora unique to an  Island  such as pholourie balls with tamarind sauce, or new fusion foods such as  jerk wraps, and of course, traditional dishes with each vendor’s added specialty and touches.    Nyam good!

 

Factory Tour of Chocolate from Cocoa single sourced in the Caribbean, Weekends – Spagnvola Chocolatier, 360 Main Street,  Gaithersburg, MD,  Free Factory Tour, reservations needed. Contact: http://www.spangnvola.com

To many who grew up in the Caribbean, there are fond memories as children of opening ripe cocoa pods, eating the light fruit which surrounds the precious beans and roasting  and preparing cocoa tea from scratch, often with freshly grated nutmeg.  Since 2009,  SPAGnVOLA  has been changing the world of chocolate using  only the finest cacao beans harvested from its  farm on the mountain slopes of the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. Spagnvola cultivates and processes its cacao beans the traditional way, hand picking perfectly ripened pods, fermenting, drying and grading the beans to insure the finest make its way to its factory. Upon arrival, the cacao is roasted, winnowed and refined into ultra-premium chocolate, and  handcrafted into premium bars, bonbons, and truffles.  Handcrafting chocolate is not easy and bringing forth exquisite chocolate takes many hours and days. As Spagnvola believes  that quality manufacturing should be shared with their  customers, as such, their Truffle Factory opens its doors every weekend for a factory tour. Take a tour of Spagnvola’s factory and learn about the process of chocolate making.

DC Caribbean Film Festival Opening Night – Tasting of Tropical/Caribbean Beverages, June 10th.  Opening Night Film QUEEN NANNY: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (Jamaica) w/filmmaker Q&A 7:30pm, VIGILANTE: THE CROSSING (Barbados) 9:30pm. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road,  Silver Spring, MD.  Tickets available at AFI Caribbean Film Festival.  Sponsors: Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF Staff, Institute of Caribbean Studies, Caribbean Professionals Network, Africa World Now Project.

Past opening nights have introduced film-goers to tastings of Caribbean street foods with a nod to the country show-cased in the film.   This year’s short break, between films from Jamaica and Barbados, will serve up a tasting of beverages unique to the Caribbean which use tropical fruits such as pineapple, guava, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, June plum and coconut, and roots/ root vegetables such as ginger and carrot.

Introduction to a Traditional Trinidadian Breakfast & Folklore, Sunday, June 12, 11am-2pm, Crown Bakery, 5409 Georgia Ave NW, DC 202-291-3009,  Cost:  $ 20

Caribbean cultures share some breakfast staples  and then there are dishes distinctive to each Island.  Crown Bakery which specializes in Trinidadian foods adds bakes, saltfish, callaloo, coo coo, and buss-up shut (roti) to its all-you-can-eat brunch menu.  Past folklore talks have included Trini-Americans sharing the diversity of their respective heritage—and the impact of the many influences, such as those of the Chinese, East Indian and Africans.

 

Grace Jerk Festival, Sunday, June 19th, 12PM to 9PM, Pennsylvania Ave between 12th & 14th  Streets NW,  Contact:  WWW.dcjerkfestival.com 718-425.1177, Co-sponsored by the  DC Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs. Tickets Cost:  $20 in advance $30 at gate.  Food and other product vending charge by vendors.

Most Americans were introduced to Jerk in the last two decades.  Are you aware that this is a centuries old foodway or that the well-known African-American author, Zora Neale Hurston, participated and wrote about a jerking hunt in Jamaica in 1930’s.  Have you wondered about the origin of the name?  Is it related to jerky?

Grace Products, a leading distributor of Caribbean foods, introduces its signature jerk event to the DMV, having successfully sponsored such events in Miami and NYC. The Festival will feature a cook-off pavilion, entertainment (including international and local entertainers), food and other vendors, entertainment for kids, cultural stage focused on Caribbean culture and that of the wider African diaspora as reflected in music , dance, drumming and other cultural activities.

 Grilling with Caribbean Spices & Jerk Seasonings, Thursday, June 23rd , 6-7:00 pm, Bazaar Spices at Atlantic Plumbing,   2130 Eighth St NW, Washington, DC, 202-379-:  http://www.bazaarspices.com   Cost:  Free

The Caribbean Islands are known for their precious spices, such as nutmeg, mace and cloves from Grenada (often referred to as the Spice Island), ginger, pimento, sorrel and jerk seasoning from Jamaica, etc. Waves of migration to the Caribbean have also added to this profusion.  Come celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with Bazaar Spices, learn about the history of jerk at this  exciting event! It will also add to your knowledge and know-how about the contributions to “jerking” by the maroons of Jamaica. (To add to your knowledge of the Maroons, attend opening night film at DC Caribbean Film Festival)    Join Bazaar Spices at its new location at the Atlantic Plumbing complex in welcoming  O’Henry Bryan, producer of an artisanal jerk spice,  as he talks about growing up in Portland, Jamaica, the acknowledged home of the “keepers of the jerk tradition”  as he introduces us to the range of uses of jerk spices to add to your cooking experience.

Caribbean Heritage Month Red Carpet Friday – Reggae, Soca & Jerk,  Friday,   June 24th Sandovan Restaurant, 4809 Georgia Avenue  NW, Washington DC 20011, 202-248-2161 , 4pm – 2am.

Sandovan’s  name and menu is not only  a fusion of  its Caribbean and American heritage but also reflects the diversity of its Caribbean heritage.  Sandy (American) and Donovan (East Indian-Jamaican)  and their children have successfully mixed their collective food heritage with traditional Jamaican dishes such as  jerk,  rice & peas with basmati rice complemented by American dishes such as macaroni and cheese and spinach.   Add to this menu is Chef Rox’s signature Caribbean artisanal drinks such as pine ginger and sorrel,  and on Friday, June 24th, a special musical journey throughout the Caribbean. Out of many, one people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Caribbean Cuisine & Restaurant Week 2014

Caribbean Cuisine & Restaurant Week 2014

For full schedule go to http://www.caribbeanamericanrestaurantweek.org/

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Annual Caribbean Cuisine & Restaurant Week

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Celebration of Caribbean Foods June 2013

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month.

Experience a taste of the Islands! 

Enjoy special menus, distinctive Caribbean dishes and discounts at participating restaurants.  

Vote for your favorite restaurants and dishes.   

Learn about Caribbean foods, drinks & history.

30+ participating Restaurants & Markets

TASTE – COOK – LEARN- LAUGH

Contact:     Doreen Thompson, 202-723-8711, ncaffa2010@gmail.com

 Sponsors:

National Caribbean-American Food & Foodways Alliance (NCAFFA/Caribbean Food Alliance), Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce Inc. – Greater Washington Area Network (CACCI-GWAN), Caribbean Professionals Network (CPN), Georgia Avenue Business Alliance (GABA), Georgia Avenue Development Task Force, Maryland Governor’s Commission on Caribbean Affairs, Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (MACCCA),  and Sweet Mango Cafe

 JUNE 2013 EVENTS

Grilling with Caribbean Spices, Wednesday, June 12 – 6-7:00 pm, Bazaar Spices at Union Market,  1309 5th St NE, Washington DC, http://www.bazaarspices.com The Islands of the Caribbean are known for their precious spices, such as nutmeg, mace and cloves from Grenada (often referred to as the Spice Island), ginger, pimento and sorrel from Jamaica, etc. Waves of migration to the Caribbean have also added to this profusion. Join Bazaar Spices at Union Market in welcoming Doreen Thompson, Founder of the Caribbean Food Alliance as she introduces us to the spices most often used in Caribbean cooking, particularly spices used to enhance your summer grilling experience. Come celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with Bazaar Spices and check out this exciting event! History of Jerk, Thursday, June 20, 7-9 pm, Sweet Mango Café, known for their “world famous jerk chicken”, 3701 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, 202-726-2646 Most Americans were introduced to Jerk in the last two decades.  Are you aware that this is a centuries old foodway or that the well-known African-American author, Zora Neale Hurston, participated and wrote about a jerking hunt on the islands in 1930’s.  Have you wondered about the origin of the name?  Is it related to jerky?  What is the history behind this method of preparing meats?  Come out to this lively discussion and leave with added knowledge and know-how about the contributions to “jerking” by two significant immigrant groups to the Caribbean.. Participants:  Reginald James, Co-Founder/Owner, Sweet Mango Cafe (known for their “world famous jerk chicken”), and  Doreen Thompson, Founder, Caribbean Food Alliance (NCAFFA), Member, Culinary Historians of Washington (CHOW) Introduction to Ital Cooking (Rastafarian Vegetarian), Friday, June 21,  7-9 pm, Sweet Mango Café, 3701 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, 202-726-2646 The history of Caribbean Foods often leaves out the contributions of the Rastafarians, who have been a cultural force in the Caribbean for decades. Most of us recognize their influences –dread locks, the signature red, gold and green berets and of course music and Bob Marley’s contributions.  However, they have had a significant impact on Caribbean foods through their emphasis on vegetarian cooking. Participants:  Misty Brown, Poet, Creole-Vegetarian Caterer,   Reginald James, Rastafarian, & co-founder/owner, Sweet Mango   History of Caribbean Foods with cookbook authors: Dorel Callender, A Caribbean Mom’s Table Traditional Recipes for the 21st Century & Beyond (Jamaica & Grenada), Marie-Louise Jean and Barbara Christophe, The Art & Soul of Haitian Cooking, Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 – 4 30pm,  Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC,  202-234-4755 Introduction to Traditional Trinidadian Breakfast & Folklore – Sunday, June 23, 11 am-4 pm  (Performance 1-2 pm), Crown Bakery 5409 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 202-291-3009 Celebration of Caribbean-American Culture & Foods, Friday, June 28th,  4-8 pm, Petworth Community Market,  Georgia Avenue – Taylor & Upshur Like us on Facebook.

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The National Caribbean-American Foods & Foodways Alliance (NCAFFA) was launched Sunday, June 20 2010 with an exposition of Caribbean foods at Alpha Kappa Alpha House on 14th Street NW, Washington DC. The event, co-sponsored by the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greater Washington Area Network (CACCI-GWAN) and recognized by the Council of the District of Columbia, brought together local Caribbean food-related enterprises with small business and economic development organizations.

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