Taste of the Caribbean

9th-12th August 11:30am - 4:00pm

FREE event

sailmakers  Taste of the Caribbean

The popular Sailmakers Shopping Centre will turn into a little corner of paradise during a specially-themed, free four-day Summer Carnival from 9th-12th August.

Among them will be emerging Caribbean caterer and passionate cook Steve Turner who will be offering shoppers the chance to sample his delicious goat curry and jerk chicken dishes.

The 53-year-old from Ipswich, whose Jamaican parents were part of the Windrush generation of post-war arrivals in Britain, says Caribbean food is continuing to grow in popularity in the UK and is looking forward to sharing his tasty samples with shoppers at Sailmakers.

The father-of-five, who set up Turner’s Caribbean Catering four years ago, said: “People will be able to sample goat curry, which is a really popular dish at the moment, jerk chicken and I normally have a fish dish too. I’ll probably do a fried Red Bream recipe.

“Often people who have never had Caribbean food before or try it for the first time then tell me they love it and want to try more. 

“I often get a good response from non-Caribbean people. It’s definitely growing in popularity. I’m hoping it’s going to grow into something big quite soon and this opportunity to showcase my food at Sailmakers and put my name out there will be really good for me.”

Sailmakers Shopping Centre Manager Mike Sorhaindo, whose family originate from the Caribbean island of Dominica where he also grew up as a youngster, is looking forward to the event – and to Steve’s cooking.

He said: “This is part of my own heritage and culture and will bring some Caribbean sunshine, cuisine and music to the Centre.

“It is a celebration of what the islands have brought to the UK over very many years and that wouldn’t be complete without a taste of West Indian cuisine as well."

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