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Home Grown turns 5

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Home Grown's outdoors kitchen has become an increasingly popular part of the expo serving up delicious Jamaican food such as these mouth-watering lobsters.
The creative genius of Jamaicans is clearly seen in these pieces of beautiful handmade jewellery.
All products on show were authentic 100 per cent Jamaican, such as Country House, with their lemon grass line of products.
This clown had the children thoroughly entertained in the Kiddies Village.

With so many events boasting Brand Jamaica, CEO and founder of Hope Events Planning, Dawn Mullings, has her work cut out for her as she breaks into the market and makes her mark.

Last month was the 5th staging of Home Grown on the lush property of Water Cress, Westmoreland, an event that saw various locally made and grown products being sold. The day began slowly, but as it progressed, patrons turned out in their numbers to see what was on offer.

As adults walked from booth to booth seeing the displays and being engaged by the vendors, children were entertained in the kiddies corner, where they heard stories, had their faces painted, and received masks. What seemed to have been most entertaining for them was the clown, who kept them fully engaged for the day. To top it off, vendors and patrons alike were treated to music from a live band and were able to purchase delicious Jamaican cuisine at the event's outdoor kitchen, which has become a popular part of Home Grown.

As the day wore on, persons ventured down to the nearby stream that runs through the property and found comfy spots on the lawns to rest.

Mullings says she tries to add something new to her event each year to keep patrons coming back. If you have never attended Home Grown, it is definitely an event to mark on your calendar this year.