Sunday 25 August 2013

Carnival...Notting Hill style!

The day after Reading Festival I headed into London to experience Notting Hill Carnival for the first time!

This annual carnival has taken place since 1964 in the streets of Notting Hill in Kensington/Chelsea every August Bank Holiday weekend.

It is one of the largest street festivals in the world, attracting over 1 million people. It’s a celebration of London’s multi-cultural diversity but dominated by West Indian / Caribbean culture.

We admired the colourful costumes and tried to dodge the paint sprays from passing dance troops.

We put flowers in our hair and tried to shake our booties to the steel-drum dominated music (though despite our best efforts, couldn’t perfect this move!)

But to food…a subject I’m far more comfortable with! There are loads of stalls set up in the streets or in people’s front gardens offering masses of tasty treats. We opted for a ‘Taste of Caribbean special’ featuring Jerk chicken, Jerk pork and curry goat, served with rice, peas, plantain, roast corn and fried dumpling.

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