Pan chicken championships roll into Black River

August 15, 2017
A participant at last year's Black River regional shows off her dish.
Bon apetit! A patron enjoys some chicken at the 2016 event.
MP for South West St Elizabeth Floyd Green (left) with gospel artiste Kevin Downswell. Downswell will perform at the regional on August 26.
Patrons enjoy the musical offerings at last year's regional.

Thirty pan chicken vendors from the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth, Hanover, St James and Westmoreland have sharpened their culinary skills and are ready to battle at Regional One of PAN 2017.

The event returns to St Elizabeth on Saturday, August 26, at Independence Park, Black River.

Five entrants will compete from each parish in a live 60-minute cook-off. A winner and runner-up will be chosen to advance to the grand final, featuring winners from each parish.

Each parish winner will receive $40,000 in cash, in addition to numerous prizes from several partners. The runner-up will also receive $20,000, among other prizes.

Thrilled to have the annual event return to Black River, following its spectacular debut, is MP for South West St Elizabeth and Education State Minister Floyd Green.

"I am extremely excited that PAN is returning to St Elizabeth. PAN truly epitomises great family entertainment and it puts the best of Jamaica on show," shared Green. He further added, "PAN is a big boost for the local economy and the people of St Elizabeth have benefited tremendously by an event of this magnitude."




Jamaica National Small Business Loan (JNSBL), another longtime supporter of nation building and entrepreneurship, is again committed as a major sponsor of PAN 2017, and will provide a business development grant to this year's winner, and second- and third-place winners.

"Over the years, PAN has helped many of our pan chicken vendors realise their dreams of expanding their operations and becoming successful entrepreneurs. We believe the competition not only benefits the entrepreneurs who participate, but also the communities they are from and the venues where the regional eliminations are held," Thelma Young, deputy general manager of JNSBL.

Speaking about the impact PAN has on small-scale food operators, Kemoi Burke, events and promotions coordinator at CB Foods, explained that "when PAN began over 13 years ago, it was a small, fun event. Today, PAN is more than a cooking competition, enriching the lives of entrepreneurs, providing them with food safety and handling training, in addition to financial and business development advice. These men and women represent the determined spirit of our Jamaican people."

Aside from a wide variety of on-stage activities and a larger-than-ever Kiddies' Village, featuring interactive games and rides, patrons will enjoy entertainment on the main stage with exciting performances from Christopher Martin, Kevin Downswell and Devin Di Dakta.

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