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Thousands of revellers enjoyed a three-day extravaganza of wonderful food and great entertainment
Posted: 03/08/2015 01:21 PM

[PIC CREDIT: Tony Field Photography, WORDS By: Poppy Brady]

CARIBBEAN sunshine may not have wowed the crowds at Birmingham’s annual Caribbean Festival, but that didn’t stop thousands of revellers enjoying a three-day extravaganza of wonderful food and great entertainment.

The mouthwatering aromas of jerk chicken and curried goat had families flocking to stalls in Centenary Square where they dodged the raindrops to queue up for authentic delicacies.

There was everything from fresh coconuts at First Choice Fruit to ackee and saltfish at Spanish Town Dutchpot or ‘rasta pasta’ at Island Grill.

Stallholders worked non-stop through sun and showers to serve festival first-timers and those who were returning to savour the delights of last year’s vibe.

And live music, organised by Mykal Brown, of Wassifa Showcase, was another big hit top with musicians such as Basil Gabbidon and performance poetry from Miss Culture Jam.

This year’s fourth annual event had a royal flavour as West African-based Prince Ephraim Sanyang backed the event, while also pledging to support future festivals.

And closer to home, Birmingham-born Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor also supported the popular event, which has previously attracted household names such as TV chef Levi Roots.

And when the festival drew to a close on Saturday night (Aug 1) there was a brief time for reflection to mark Emancipation Day on August 1 – the day in history when enslaved Africans won their freedom.

The Birmingham branch of Black Lives Matter UK staged a short candlelit vigil to remember those who have died in police custody in both the UK and the US. The roll call of names included Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Mark Duggan, Michael Brown, Kingsley Burrell, Eric Garner and Mikey Powell.