Heavy rain didn't dampen pan chicken fest

October 04, 2017
Chicken being prepared in a jerk pan.
Michelle Cunningham (centre, back row), assistant brand manager for Red Stripe, pose with the PAN 2017 regional two contestants.
The kiddies area was vibrant.
Agent Sasco

From all indications, the Caribbean Broilers (CB) Foods-hosted PAN 2017 regional competition on Saturday was a massive success, despite the inclement weather.

Held at Folly Oval in Port Antonio, Portland, the event attracted 35 pan chicken participants from seven parishes, who were engaged in friendly rivalry preparing jerked chicken using self-styled recipes.

"I must commend the people of Portland who braved the heavy downpour to be here," commented Kemoi Burke, events and promotions coordinator. "Each time we have a heavy downpour and the rain eased, more and more people continued to turn up."

Seven winners and seven runners-up will move on to the finals on October29 in Kingston.

And although the rain left several jerk stalls inundated, the children were kept busy and fully entertained with varied attractions including bounceabout, Ferris wheel, water slide, mechanical bull, and trampoline.

Fans were also entertained by a stage show featuring the likes of Agent Sasco, Jermaine Edwards, and Jahmiel.

Formerly the CB Pan Chicken Championships, the event is in its 12th year. Terri-Ann Davidson of St Ann won last year.

Earlier Kerene Francis, one of the competitors representing St Catherine, spoke about the friendly attitude of Portlanders, who were very receptive towards her and her partner, Audrey Charlton.

"It has been a great experience and my aim is to win this competition, "said Francis, who marvelled that patrons waded through the mud and water-logged area to buy jerked chicken.

A spicy jerked chicken meal was sold at a special price of $300 per quarter, with side orders including roast breadfruit, fried plantain, festival and bammy.

The seven winners and runners-up are (winners named first): Jamie Martin and Shermaine Nelson of Kingston and St Andrew; Juney Raffington and Eric Beaver of St Ann; Lance Fairweather and Kareen Johnson of St Mary; Jason Franklyn and Donald Williams of Trelawny; Janice Scarlett and Meisha Wright of St Catherine; Carole Maxwell and Oneil Skeen of Portland; and Tatrice Balliston and Kerisa Wright of St Thomas.

The Miracle Tomato Ketchup Sauce Competition was won by Jamie Stewart, with Eric Beaver and Shermaine Nelson placing second and third, respectively.

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