A dash of Caribbean culture travels well

00:10, Feb 01 2010
ELEGANT: Mike and Pat Standish-White, of Nelson, and members of the Rutherford Probus Movie Group during yesterday's Jamaican Jump Up II.
ELEGANT: Mike and Pat Standish-White, of Nelson, and members of the Rutherford Probus Movie Group during yesterday's Jamaican Jump Up II.

Jamaican Jump Up II was an outrageous success at Founders Heritage Park in Nelson yesterday, says organiser David Phillips.

More than 600 Nelsonians keen to enjoy Jamaican food and music on a warm summer evening turned up.

"To have a celebration of Caribbean culture and seeing how warmly it is received is a pleasure for me," Mr Phillips said.

After the inaugural event last year at Fairfield House, he wasn't sure how it would go at the bigger venue at Founders.

However, he was delighted with the crowd – from the elegantly dressed Rutherford Probus Movie Group to those in Hawaiian shirts, who were up and dancing for two hours to DJ Grant Smithies' vinyl and Nelson reggae band Wicked Draw.

The goat curry went down well, 300 meals of jerk chicken and pork sold out by 7.30pm, and the mango lime ice cream also vanished.

The stall selling a rum punch made to the recipe of Mr Phillips' father, Peter, also known as Don Pedro, was also flat out. "He used to be summoned to make the punch whenever the royal yacht Britannia came to Jamaica," he said.

Mr Phillips isn't committing to holding another event next year. "I think it's like childbirth; after the event, you think about all the good things," he said.

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