Taste of Tryall tantalised
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Despite the inclement weather - gusty winds twisting and contorting trees and shrubs - the sixth annual Taste of Tryall, mounted by the Tryall Fund, was hosted on Friday, November 28, to rave reviews.
The Tryall Fund, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, also honoured its co-founder, Louise Cullman, who passed earlier this year.
Booths, loaded with culinary fare, sought to titillate the taste buds of patrons, and that they did with succulent meats, desserts and assorted liquors and juices.
Alice Needle, president of the Tryall Fund, encouraged patrons to enjoy the ambience, food, and to support the auction. "We are happy to have you sharing with us on this very special night. So enjoy the night, the food, the beverages and, of course, support the auction," said Needle.
She added, "We are doing really wonderful things in Hanover, and we are standing on the shoulders of Louise Cullman who co-founded the fund 50 years ago."
Former administrator of the Tryall Fund, Hope Markes, hailed Cullman as a friend whose generosity was only matched by the joy she received from helping others to succeed. Marks later presented Cullman's daughter, Susan, with a plaque honouring her mother for her invaluable service to the people of Hanover.
A downpour of rain forced patrons inside the beach club, where former Miss Jamaica World and L'Oreal Caribbean and LIME ambassador, Sara Lawrence, was fluent in the dual role of MC and auctioneer.
With a list of products, including sports star memorabilia, the auction soon attracted eager patrons who quickly overshot the introductory prices to claim their items.
As the rains ceased, patrons returned to the lawns to enjoy the fun and food.
Trinity Villa's chefs Harry Martin, Nicholas MacCallum and Garfield Anderson whipped up the traditional Jamaican favourite - escoveitch fish, using the red snapper, with bammy - which proved to be a hit with guests.
Chef Robert Rall of Round House Villa excited patrons with his whole roast pig served with white rice.
The Hay Stack Villa with Rodney Tomlinson produced a rustic stew of fish, shrimp and mussels and octopus, served with satay (peanut sauce), which was also good. Oso Boca (beef dish) was also on offer. The Great House could not be left out, and obliged with succulent servings of lamb chops.
Appleton Jamaica Rums and Mystic India added their own flair, while the Fuzion Band kept the event lively as patrons wined and dined throughout the day.