If you’ve ever sampled chicken from a roadside vendor in Jamaica who had a barrel propped up and cut open, you’ve enjoyed Jamaican drum pan chicken. Served in aluminum foil without utensils, the smoky flavor distinguishes pan from the more well-known and spicier style of jerk grilling. Saluting the island’s pan chicken chefs, Caribbean Broilers Pan Chicken Festival is for connoisseurs of pan and those who cook it. Staged on Ocean Boulevard in Kingston, the tasty event includes a series of regional competitions that lead up to the grand finale on Sunday, November 18, one of a wide array of events celebrating the Jamaica’s golden anniversary.
Applauding fifty years of independence from Britain this year, the island is abuzz with cultural events, reggae marathons, street jams and yes, chicken competitions. “This is a significant year for us as a destination and we’re encouraging visitors to come celebrate,” said John Lynch, director of tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). (www.jamaica50.com)