Cornmeal Festival Jamaican Style

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Jamaican Cornmeal Festival Recipe

Jamaican Cornmeal Festival

These elongated cornmeal fritters sweetened with a touch of brown sugar are served as a side dish or snack and are especially light and delicious when made by the fish vendors at Fort Clarence Beach in Jamaica. Cornmeal festival is usually served along with a jerk protein or fried fish, but it tastes great with any protein or even as a snack on its own. They’re also really easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have around the kitchen.

Yields 8


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Sieve the flour in to a bowl and stir in the cornmeal, salt, sugar and baking powder.
  2. Add a small amount of water in to the mixture, working the mixture with your fingertips.
  3. Keep adding water until the mixture becomes a firm dough which is only slightly sticky (you should not need to add the whole cup). If the mixture gets too sticky to work with, add more flour.
  4. Cover the mixture and leave to stand for half an hour.
  5. Divide the mixture in to eight portions. Knead each portion and roll it in to a small sausage shape.
  6. Deep fry until golden brown.
  7. Serve as a side dish with any jerk recipe or fried fish, or serve on it’s own as a snack bread.
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