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HOW TO CELEBRATE NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Hello everyone,

I’m part of the Windrush generation, when thousands of Jamaicans (my parents included) came to Britain to seek better opportunities for themselves and their families, so I’m proud to be British-Jamaican.

Which probably explains why Notting Hill Carnival (27-29 August) – celebrated every year in this eclectic part of London – is one of the most important dates in my summer calendar. A riot of colour and flavour and music, it reminds me of the joyous and flamboyant celebrations back home, and I can’t help but get excited!

I’ll be going along to the event with my family – to eat, drink and dance – but if I don’t see you there, don’t worry. Thankfully, you can recreate all the fun of the weekend-long carnival from the comfort of home with my exotic Caribbean cuisine – from Green Plantain Chips to Jerk Chicken Patties and Tinned Ackee – all washed down with plenty of Don Wilfred Rum, of course. Sure to make it easy to host a soirée with friends, family and neighbours!

Which probably explains why Notting Hill Carnival (27-29 August) – celebrated every year in this eclectic part of London – is one of the most important dates in my summer calendar. A riot of colour and flavour and music, it reminds me of the joyous and flamboyant celebrations back home, and I can’t help but get excited!

I’ll be going along to the event with my family – to eat, drink and dance – but if I don’t see you there, don’t worry. Thankfully, you can recreate all the fun of the weekend-long carnival from the comfort of home with my exotic Caribbean cuisine – from Green Plantain Chips to Jerk Chicken Patties and Tinned Ackee – all washed down with plenty of Don Wilfred Rum, of course. Sure to make it easy to host a soirée with friends, family and neighbours!

Otherwise, why not get adventurous and cook up a storm in the kitchen, whether Oven-Baked Jerk Chicken, Coconut Rice & Peas or Goat Curry? Remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself: make like a true Jamaican and ask loved ones to each bring a dish – just point them in the direction of my shop to gather all the ingredients! Don’t forget to stock up on drinks, either: Square Root Ginger Beer, Easton IPA and Armas de Guerra Rosado 2019 mean everyone’s covered!

Otherwise, why not get adventurous and cook up a storm in the kitchen, whether Oven-Baked Jerk Chicken, Coconut Rice & Peas or Goat Curry? Remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself: make like a true Jamaican and ask loved ones to each bring a dish – just point them in the direction of my shop to gather all the ingredients! Don’t forget to stock up on drinks, either: Square Root Ginger Beer, Easton IPA and Armas de Guerra Rosado 2019 mean everyone’s covered!

Finally, what would carnival be without a costume or two? Ask everyone to come in fancy dress – and award a prize to the best-dressed on the day! I’m already thinking about dusting off my flamenco outfits…

Share your pictures with us on social enjoying carnival at home.

Have a great weekend.