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Cultural Jamaica exchange a first for Yarmouth and Acadian Shores

Chef Randy Odean Taylor has been part of the planning of a Jamaican culture exchange happening in Yarmouth. CONTRIBUTED
Chef Randy Odean Taylor has been part of the planning of a Jamaican culture exchange happening in Yarmouth. CONTRIBUTED - contributed
YARMOUTH, N.S. —

Residents and visitor alike are being treated to special events this weekend as Jamaicans and their friends come to Yarmouth to celebrate and share their food, culture and traditions.

The exchange kicked off with a meet and greet event at the Yarmouth branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Thursday, Sept. 5 to meet Jason Henzell and his mother, Sally, who have created Jake’s Hotel in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.

By focusing on community tourism, they have accomplished small miracles. They were to be joined by the hotel’s award-winning head chef, Randy Odean Taylor, and Kevin Duguay, a community planner from Peterborough, ON, who works extensively in Ontario and Jamaica. This free event includes a slide show about Jamaica, and light refreshments.

Saturday’s Sept. 7 “On the Rocks” event was to take place at the Yarmouth Lighthouse with tours of Leif Erikson Park, but given the weather due to Hurricane Dorian the event has been moved to the Yarmouth Links golf club on Forbes Street. Hurricane Punch will be served along with Jamaican foods, Reggae music (and other planned ctivities) starting at 5 p.m. Cost of the event is $30. To confirm, call 902 648-0462.

Sunday’s Sept. 8 “On the Shore—Cook Shop 101” starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Pubnico Golf & Country Club. Participants will pair up with eight celebrity chefs to cook, chop, stir and dice their way through a variety of Jamaican and Acadian food specialties … then eat it all around 6 p.m. A lively kitchen party will follow and liberal amounts of Jake’s famous Appleton Rum Punch, which takes two days to prepare. This is all included for a cost of $45.

Event tickets are available at The Style Merchant Hawthorne Street Yarmouth, the Pubnico Golf & Country Club, the Yarmouth Lighthouse, and online at www.yarmouthseafoodandwineextravaganza

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