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Linstead Grand Market lived up to its hype

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison

LINSTEAD, St Catherine:

Despite earlier forecast by some residents of Linstead that this year's Christmas Eve Grand Market would not live up to its usual hype, thousands of people were out up to 2 a.m. Sunday carrying out last-minute shopping.

The entire town of Linstead was transformed into a market scene with loud music blasting from different points and hundreds of dry goods and fast food vendors peddling a wide range of products, as well as an array of Jamaican cuisine prepared on the spot in what is arguably the largest grand market in Jamaica.

Shoppers were seen moving from vendor to vendor, bargaining with them to get the best prices for household items, gifts and toys for their children.

Tamara Johnson, along with her two children, travelled from Discovery Bay, St Ann, to shop for toys and gifts for members of her family.

"This is not my first time. In fact, my kids now look forward to coming to Linstead for Grand Market. We are able to get things at very good prices here," she told The Gleaner.

Johnson added: "I just love the atmosphere here, this is total fun," Johnson continued gleefully, eyeing her two boys who were busy selecting toys from a vendor.

First-time jerked chicken vendor Carlos was overjoyed by the magnitude of business he was receiving for his spicy Jamaican jerked chicken.


Different feeling


"I have always visited the Linstead Grand Market as a spectator, but this year is different, I am here selling my jerked chicken," Johnson said, adding that business could not be better; an admission of other vendors interviewed by The Gleaner.

According to a number of persons who have attended previous grand markets in Linstead, this year can be compared with the best of what has gone before, noting public response and vendor participation as their points of reference.