Back in the day, you had to put on your driving hat to get a shot of Caribbean culture in Vancouver: Ebony Eyes hair salon on Kingsway, the Patty Shop on Macdonald, the Caribbean Market in New West. When the Caribbean Festival launched in 1988, it was a chance to introduce friends to all these island traditions of which we spoke: jerk chicken, plantain, ginger beer, reggae, soca.
Led by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC, Caribbean Days is still going strong at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. You’ll find music, food, drink and artisans selling their creations. Today, on Day 2, children can watch or participate in the Children’s Carnival Parade at 1 pm.
To get you in the food mood, here are people from different parts of the Caribbean – Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago – trying desserts from each other’s countries.
Written by Elizabeth Newton
Header Photo by Augustin de Montesquiou.