It’s that time of the year when individual differences are put aside and we come together as one for the 25th CULTURAMA. This year we were in a different location, away from the lawns of University of Bahamas to the parking lot of the Reef restaurant.
You could hear the loud speakers of each countries’ music echoing towards the passing vehicles. The University of the West Indies is known to host students from all over the Caribbean, and this year there were nine (9) countries on showcase. Collectively these countries represent the UWI CHTM family.
As early as 7 am, you could hear the hustle and bustle of pots and pans as students were preparing meals in the UWI House Restaurant while other students were setting up their designated areas ready to display their country’s culture to other students and the Bahamian people. For most students, they felt a feeling of being home again as they got the chance to prepare most of the popular dishes from their home country.
The most popular dish requested from the Jamaican team was ackee and saltfish and jerk chicken served with steaming hot fried dumplings and saltfish fritters and ‘Hell a top, Hell a bottom and Hallelujah in the middle’a famous phrase used to describe the Jamaican sweet potato pudding.
‘Iz a Bajan ting!!’(Barbados), proudly displayed golden brown flying fish, cheesy macaroni pie, sweet potato pie, fish cakes, bajan bakes and sweet bread. Trinidad and Tobago delights included pholourie, buss-up-shut chicken and roti and a host of preserves such as guava cheese, khurma, sugar cake and benne ball from the Trinidad and Tobago. St.Lucia’s stall had on display cocoa tea and bakes, pemmie, bouillon and green plantain salad. Yum!!!!
The individual countries also stood strong as the one and only Guyanese student, Josiah Joseph, displayed curry chicken and dhall puri, eggball and bakes and saltfish. Vincentian Karielle Edwards, prepared doughboy and saltfish, duccuna and showcased Captain Bligh XO rum which was too strong for some individuals to handle. Merlyne Marie, who hails from the famous 365 beaches of Antigua prepared spicy pepperpot soup, fungi and bread pudding. St.Kitts and Nevis student Annivea Hutchinson, displayed coconut dumpling, saltfish and spicy plantains.
We had a few moments of dark skies which eventually resulted in rainfall but this in no way dampened the spirits of the students and staff members as they were seen in the streets dancing to the music and promoting to the vehicles passing by which led to increased support. Culturama 2017 was indeed another successful event put on by CHTM students. Cultures were shared, memories were created and I can gladly say: mission accomplished CHTM family!!!
Special shout out to the Lucians who celebrated their Independence Day on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Happy 38th Independence Day St.Lucia!!!!!!!!!!
By Jodi-Ann Williams, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017
Photos by Rhodene Marks, Ayisha Elliott, Sakele Watts, Jodi-Ann Williams © 2017