JIS News

The eighth staging of the Nyammins and Jammins Food Festival, spearheaded annually by the St. James 4H Advisory Council, is slated to take place on Monday, October 20, at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.
The official launch of this year’s event took place at the Gloustershire Hotel in Montego Bay yesterday (September 30).
Chairman of the St. James 4H Advisory Council, Calvin Brown, in outlining the plans for this year’s event, described it as “a staple on Jamaica’s events calendar, which offers the best in indigenous food, as well as a wide array and assortment of other goodies and entertainment fit for the whole family.”
He said that this year’s event will have an added feature of a 4H Village on site, which is aimed at preserving the authenticity of the food festival and promoting the indigenous fares of the country.
“Now indeed this is a 4H function, and what we want to do is to ensure the display of a wide array of 4H products, a variety of dishes for which 4H has become known, a wide array of craft and other delectable highlights,” he stated.
He explained that proceeds from the food festival, are used in financing the many training seminars that the St. James 4H Advisory Council implements during the administrative year, as well as for financing scholarships granted to 4H clubbites within the parish.
Chairman of the Jamaica 4H Clubs, Vindel Kerr, in addressing the press launch, said that events like the Nyammins and Jammins Food Festival, are of critical importance to the continued existence of the 4H Movement.
He pointed out that the Movement has gone through decades of varied economic circumstances, in spite of which it has been able to remain steadfast in the provision of its core services to the youths of Jamaica.
“Critically, it is the creativity and commitment of its executive management, volunteers, the parish advisory committees, its various other arms and the generosity of sponsors of events like this, that really carry the burden of financial responsibility and the delivery of core services within the Movement,” he said.
Mr. Kerr expressed hearty congratulations to all involved within the Movement for their deep commitment to the core values, aims and objectives of the Movement. He said that the 4H Movement is an institution that he regards as operating at a high level of responsibility and efficiency, from the perspective of the funds its raises annually to support its wider programmes.