Festival is a tradition in Jamaica.
No, I’m not talking about an outdoor party, although I do love the steel drum music they play near the pool. Jamaican Festival bread is a traditional side served with dishes like Jerk Chicken and Escovitch Fish.
The actual name is Jamaican Festival Dumpling, but in my opinion, it looks and tastes like bread. The first time I tried Festival, I was intrigued. It is lightly sweet with a familiar taste similar to cornbread.
After returning from a trip to Jamaica in February, I was inspired to recreate a few of the dishes I tried there. If you look on the internet, you can find a wide range of recipes for Festival.
However, after trying a few of them, they just didn’t quite taste like the one I tried in Jamaica. Some were too doughy, others were dry or didn’t quite have the light sweetness I was looking for. After tweaking, changing, and playing around with the ingredients, I finally landed on a version of Festival I think is most like the bread I enjoyed in Jamaica.
One of the things I love most about Jamaican Festival bread is how easy it is to make.
Only a few ingredients and about 15 minutes to mix, roll and prepare for the oil is all it takes. Drop them in hot oil and another 8 minutes, you a have hot, delicious traditional Jamaican side dish to serve with any meal.
I recommend eating them while they are warm for the best flavor and texture. So good!
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