Carnival foods: Notting Hill Carnival, London

                Carnivals are celebration of life, within the society of a particular place or group of people. In fact most of the carnivals are annual or seasonal in nature, but has the year long effect on culture, art, economy and sociology. And, religion, tradition, spirituality, cultural root and humanity play a major role behind the carnivals. But one thing that we often neglect to give focus, is – food. Rather to say, Carnival foods.

                Foods, as well as beverages are an integral part of life; no doubt, it will be more than filler in any carnival. Let us have some appetizing view of Carnival Foods.

 See previous article on Rio Carnival HERE.

Notting Hill Carnival, London

                 Notting Hill Carnival takes place in August, at London, UK, where around a million people gathers, making it one of the largest street festivals, and a significant event in British Culture. Notting Hill Carnival is about Caribbean Cuisine, most of which are boomed at local clubs and pubs. But fast food stalls are also popular. Notting Hill Carnival is all about Sound Systems, Reggae, mass troop dancing and Coconut Shell Cocktails. Among the rest, popular are –

1.       Jerk wraps – wrapped chicken, pork, goat, fish or even vegetables are popular. Jerk meats and BBQ are also found as accompanied by rice and beans.

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2.       Curry Goat – popular party dish, goat meat slowly cooked in Indian flavours, mildly spiced. Some vendors add their own style of sauce for variations.

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3.       Fried Plantain – sliced plantains, deep fried in batter, which resembles fritters. These are sold either solo, as snacks, or as accompaniments.

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4.       Jamaican Street Corn, also known as Caribbean style corn-on-the-cob – corns are grilled with jerk sauce, spices inside the husks, which are removed after grilling is over. They are finished with mayonnaise, seasonings and chopped coconut. It’s sure to please the taste of one!!

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5.       Among the beverages Rum, Tender Coconut Water and Guinness punch takes the lead. To make the punch, it is combined with whipped condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped in Irish dry stout – “Guinness”.

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All these and much more, even foods of other cuisine is also being predominant, as we can see in this video …

“Its not Food Carnival, Its Carnival Food!!”

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