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Nyammins & Jammins promises fun, excitement

Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Derrick Deslandes (centre) and Wongford Lewis (right) listen attentively to Howard Ward as they converse during the launch of Nyammins & Jammins 2014.-Photo by Janet Silvera

Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer

On Heroes Day, Monday, October 20, the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay will again come alive with the 14th annual staging of the Ward's Power Tools 4-H Nyammins & Jammins food festival.

Like previous years, the festival will be upholding its long-standing tradition of showcasing the best of authentic Jamaican cuisine and will be providing over 30 booths, carrying a long list of scrumptious food items.

In addition to the delightful offering, the 4-H club will also be providing a wide range of horticultural produce, along with art and craft available for sale.

At an official launch of the festival, held recently at the Sunset Beach Resort, Spa and Water Park in Montego Bay, guest speaker and lecturer at the University of the West Indies Dr Derrick Deslandes acknowledged that the 4-H movement was integral in shaping youth leaders, and the model was one that should be expanded.

Best-kept secret

"The 4-H is Jamaica's best-kept secret. Perhaps it is not celebrated enough because I do believe that it represents a lot of what we need to do to bring our youths into focus," he said.

"As the main youth organisation in the country for young persons in the agricultural sector, the 4-H has really shone a bright light. I've observed the creativity that emerges. I've observed also the impact and transformation effect that it has on youth leaders, and one of the things that I've begun to advocate is the need to expand the 4-H model, " he added.

To mark his company's 14th consecutive year of sponsoring the festival, Howard Ward, managing director of Ward's Power Tools, has come on board with a title sponsorship valued at $1,000,000. It comprises an equal amount of cash and kind. In addressing the launch, Ward also spoke strongly of the value of the 4-H movement and, in particular, how the training had propelled him towards great personal and financial success.

Giving back

"I am particularly excited because this has given me the opportunity to give back to an organisation that was my catalyst as a young, budding cook. In fact, when I became a part of the movement, it was not in style to see men learning to cook. Not only did the training set me on the path to success, but it taught me discipline, commitment to task and, of course, how to not to be hungry ever," he said.

King Alarm, Sunset Beach Resort Spa and Water Park, Appliance Traders Limited, Linkz FM, Rainforest Seafoods, and the Montego Bay Marine Park are some of this year's additional sponsors.

Since its inception, the festival has prided itself on channeling its proceeds towards the continued development and upliftment of young people, and this year promises to be the same.

The all-day event will culminate with a concert featuring local gospel sensation Kevin Downswell, along with other artistes, including Mr Vegas, RDX, and Tribe of Judah. The concert will be supported by backing band Fab 5.