Independence Celebration

Independence

A Celebration for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago Independence Days is scheduled in Sydney for 10 August 2014 from 12 noon to 4pm.

This is a chance to celebrate Independence as well as medals won at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962. As the clock struck midnight on August 5, 1962, the strains of the national anthem were heard for the first time while Union Jacks were lowered and the Jamaican flag unveiled. The event is celebrated on the 1st Monday of August as National Day in Jamaica.

Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence from Great Britain on August 31st, 1962. At midnight on 30th August, 1962, the Union Jack (British flag) was lowered and the Trinidad and Tobago flag was raised for the first time. Trinidad and Tobago achieved its status as a Republic in 1976.

Both countries mark their Independence Day by celebrations that include honouring outstanding achievements of citizens in various fields.

The $55.00 set menu does not include drinks. The menu includes some Jamaican and Trinidad & Tobago favourites of patties, soused mackerel, Trini carnival doubles, curry goat (gf), jerk chicken (gf, served with tropical slaw), pumpkin – broad bean – callaloo coconut curry (gf), peas ‘n rice (gf), mixed leaf salad.

Bookings closed on 27 July 2014.

Contact Us if you are interested in attending next year.

What is Pimento?

Pimentos

Pimento is used extensively in cooking to give food that distinctive Jamaican flavour.

The smell of pimento conjures the combined flavours and aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Because of its flavour and aroma you may know pimento as all spice. It is also known as Jamaica Pepper.

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Christopher Columbus, who was credited with discovering the New World – but if you ask me he was lost – on his second voyage to the area encountered Arawaks in Jamaica using pimento in cooking. This resulted in the introduction of pimento into European and Mediterranean cuisines in the 16th century.

To protect the pimento trade initially the plant was guarded against export from Jamaica, however it is now grown commercially in many tropical areas.