In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Jamaican Festivals – The Ultimate Fried Dumplings!

My first true encounter with ‘good’ Jamaican festivals was breakfast at our friend Dino’s home in Portmore Jamaica several years ago. Imagine waking up to a full spread of festivals, ackee and saltfish, boiled green bananas and to top it all off, a piping hot cup of rich and creamy Milo! Moms (Dino’s mom) had us set for the day! When the day came for us to continue our trek through Jamaica (Ocho Rios > Montego Bay then Negril) it was painful to know that we won’t be waking up to such a wonderful home-cooked breakfast anymore.

My inquisitive self had to investigate this wonderful Jamaican Festivals recipe in more detail, so with some arm-twisting I got mom to leave me with some hints. Here we go…


You’ll Need…

1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

* About 3 cups of veg oil for frying.


In a large bowl sift in the flour and baking powder, then add the cornmeal, sugar and salt. Give that a quick whisk to mix the ingredients, before we start adding water.

It’s now time to start adding the liquids, so pour in the vanilla and start adding the water a little at a time as you whisk everything around. As it stars to take the shape of dough, you will need to get your hands in there and start kneading. If you find that the 1/2 cup of water was not enough, do drizzle in some more. The idea is to work it for 5-7 minutes, until you have a well formed dough ball that’s firm dough and slightly sticky. Cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel and allow the dough to rest for about 1/2 hr.

After it’s rested, dust your work surface with four and divide the dough ball into 8 equal (as best you can) parts. Then using your hands form each piece into a cigar shape. Try to make them about 6-8 inches long and not overly thick. They will increase in size as they fry.

It’s now time to fry these until they are golden brown and get ready to enjoy some of the best fried dumplings you’ve ever had. Heat the vegetable oil on med, then gently add the shaped festivals dough into the pan. Allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes before you flip them over. In total you’ll probably need between 5-6 minutes for each to be fully cooked and take on that lovely golden color we’re looking for. Have paper towels ready to drain off the excess oil after they’re cooked.

These Jamaican festivals are just amazing and you’ll love the crunchy exterior and the fluffy interior will have a lovely texture followed by the flavored sweetness of the vanilla and sugar.

Do try to serve warm and if you want to get aΒ  bit creative you can certainly dust them with some icing sugar if you want to make them more like a snack for the kids.


As I promised on Facebook a few days back, we’ve got a lovely 7 piece Tomodachi knife set to give out to one lucky winner. There was a lot of excitement when I posted that note, so I do expect to see a lot of entries for this giveaway. All you have to do is watch the following video and in the comment section directly below, let me know if the tutorial was helpful (basically what you like about it).

Your name will be automatically entered to win this beautiful knife set which I’m sure you’ll enjoy using. One lucky winner will then be chosen (randomly) and we’ll mail out the prize to you as we normally do.

Here are the rules pertaining to winning this knife set.

– contest is open to everyone globally (even if you won something here before)

– 1 winner will be chosen at random

– contest is open from May 30 – to midnight June 30.

– winner will be announced within 1 week of the official close date.

– the winner will have 1 week to contact us with their mailing address

– we will cover all shipping expenses (standard mail)

I hope you take a moment to enter your name as I’d really like to mail this wonderful collection of knives out to you. It’s simple, free and fun!

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  1. Lianne H.
    January 15, 2019 / 1:02 am

    I made this tonight to go along with Jamaican style liver
    & onions. I loved it although it was sweeter than I expected. The Guyanese bakes I usually make are not as sweet but cornmeal in this adds a wonderful crunchiness. Thanks a lot.

  2. Immac
    September 25, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I really wanna try it out but what’s the standard measurement of 1 cup in grams or ml. This would really be helpful as cups vary. Thanks

    • admin
      September 27, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      a measuring cup does not vary, it’s the same globally

  3. Gerry
    July 25, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Great recipe Chris. Came out very good. I am going to go to Jamaica and compare against Scotchie’s.

    • Kisha
      February 1, 2019 / 7:07 pm

      Scotchies fesvitals are delicious!!!

  4. Liz Langtry
    June 14, 2017 / 5:37 am

    Hi, I’m a few weeks home from Jamaica. I work with the Forward Step Foundation in Portmore and am lucky enough to have become friends with the woman who runs it and her family. Her husband Steppa made garlic dumplings and I loved them! I can’t wait to try your recipe is sounds amazing…. So to the question, the video is great! I really love how you showed the mixing of the ingredients and how you did it but best of it all is that you show how the dough should be. That right there is enough for me to say yours is the best I’ve seen. I will be recommending your site to others.
    Thank you, I’ll be having some yummy dumplings here shortly,

  5. June 3, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Wow! I made this for breakfast this morning salt fish and cocoa tea. The recipe was very easy to follow. When we travel we always buy then at the airport(B/dos). Now I know how will be making them often. Thanks Chris

  6. sarah Mincher
    January 22, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I love this recipe
    I make the mixture and the roll in to balls and put them in a muffin tin or Yorkshire pudding tin and bake with a little oil turn halfway and add a little more oil. I serve with curried mutton rice&peas and a creamy coleslaw
    Perfect !!

    • Dee
      October 27, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      How did this turn out in the muffin tin? It would sure cut down on the oil content.

  7. D. Singh
    January 9, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I’ll sure try these, it sounds good. I usually make dumplings with all purpose flour, corn meal, 2 pinches of sugar, baking powder and knead with enough water but I’ve NEVER used vanilla so I’ll have to try this! Thank you Chris and God bless.

  8. September 19, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    This is the best recipe I found! My daughter said I could open up my own Jamaican takeaway! Thank you

  9. Herbert Casseley
    September 19, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Thanks. Was searching for the recipe for a long time

  10. Claudette Silva
    August 24, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I love you!!! Someone needs to put you on food network!!!

  11. Nina
    June 11, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Lovely lovely lovely. Very easy to follow! I’ve been looking for a festival recipe for some time now and this is it. Big up yourself !

  12. Clary Regis
    June 1, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I love Caribbean pot. My mom never taught me how to cook, thanks to Caribbean pot I am able to cook for my family.

  13. Marie Darlington
    April 30, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Brilliant, I have been trying to find an authentic recipe for many many years, In the UK I have to make do with bog standard box mix. Been married to my Jamaican husband for 42 years and can now make proper Festival for him, children and grandchildren. We like them original with Snapper Fish, or as a sweet, lightly dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon.

  14. July 1, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Looks great. My grandkids would love forming them, just like play doh but edible and tasty.

  15. Laura
    June 12, 2015 / 12:34 am

    I was thinking about making these for my anniversary party. I was wondering how long ahead of time I can make them and put them in a warmer and for them to stay good. How long do they stay edible after frying?

    • admin
      June 12, 2015 / 7:37 am

      you can keep them warm for about an hour or so, but any longer and you start losing that lovely crunchy outer texture.

  16. Maria Macaalay
    June 1, 2015 / 9:39 am

    I enjoyed and love it… It really helps me to do the right way of cooking dumplings…thanks

  17. January 9, 2015 / 10:58 am

    recipe more good . The ‘ll upload my site thank you very much for sharing

  18. Kirk Austin
    November 24, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    Simple and tasty. Keep up the good work.

  19. Tian Harris
    June 28, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    I remember eating these a lot when I used to live in Maryland. I never attempted to make them until I made chicken soup from your website. I no longer Google for any Caribbean recipes. You are my source and I’ve never been let down. Thank you!

  20. June 18, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Loved the festivals! I got a few from a work colleague who bought some. I then searched the internet for the recipe and will try it out when I’m off from work!!

  21. Natalie York
    June 10, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    Loved the recipeon the festivals i have tried making it many times and it never turned out after watching the video and following your recipe SUCCESS best festivals i have ever had!! Thanks so much

  22. Dwayne Jackson
    June 1, 2014 / 9:55 am

    i love all your recipes and all your videos thank you for cooking like this i appreciate you’re doing good…..

  23. lisa
    May 8, 2014 / 3:12 pm

    Oh my god! tried these for the first time last week and they came out peerrrrrrrfect. so good I’ve now made them 4 times in 1 week. if i need a snack i go make some. Kids loooove them . passed recipe on to my friends/family

  24. Shanelle
    February 5, 2014 / 4:56 am

    Oh goshhhhhh , I absolutely love all of your cooking receipes! I love festivals they are so simple to make yet so tasty . I just order your lastest cookbook, I’m so excited !

  25. shana-kay
    January 20, 2014 / 7:44 am

    Absolutely loved your recipe…didn’t have any baking powder so I had to substitute with baking soda…but the still came out wonderful and yummy…thanks a lot!

  26. heather
    November 5, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    I recently visited Jamaica for the first time. I fell in love with Festival bread it was awesome. As soon as we were back home I had to find the recipe. Thanks a million πŸ™‚

  27. Kirstyy
    August 26, 2013 / 7:08 am

    Loved it! First time ive made festival today and it came out perfect. Thanks C πŸ™‚

  28. Tanishe
    July 4, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    Love your cooking of festivals

  29. shelleann
    June 29, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    I love you're video it was very helpful I like that you mixed the vanilla with the water and not just poured it in the flour that was nice. This looks very easy to make i will be trying it tomorrow no more going to the Jamaica restaurant just for festivals.

  30. Christine B
    June 29, 2013 / 10:12 am

    Love your tutorials. They are clear and precise. I have learned so much here and I am passing on this site to everyone I know. Especially my friends from outside the Caribbean. The instructions can be easily followed by anyone.

  31. Donna Mckenzie
    June 28, 2013 / 3:30 pm


  32. neesha
    June 27, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    I am ready to try this, looks very yummy, the recipes on the video seems real simple to do, keep up the good work that you always do Chris, I've made plenty of recipes that you have had on your site, and they always turn out just as I expected, delicious!

  33. June 27, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    Chris you are a 'wicked' chef yes you are! Thanks for the hands on recipe and tips to boot!

  34. Glenda
    June 27, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    Can't wait to make these. The video was very informative. Never knew about these. Can't wait to taste them.

  35. Queen
    June 27, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    I can't wait to try this dish! I am planning a Caribbean day of my own so many of these dishes will be used. I'm so excited!

  36. bruno627
    June 26, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    I cannot wait to make these tonight. I've only just started learning to make Caribbean dishes, and love the recipes and your videos. I want to make it all! Thank you! I also love Clorox wipes, and always keep them handy. You rock! Thank you!

  37. Anthony McCoy
    June 26, 2013 / 11:50 am

    I have been following you for a while. I am a chef and culinary student, about to graduate. The festivals video was great. Will be making some for a few of my people to sample. Would love those knives, too!

  38. Allison
    June 26, 2013 / 10:13 am

    Was so great to learn about the festival dumplings, I liked the detailed instructions on kneading and frying the dough, Will try this with saltfish or maybe with some other fish dish, thanks!

  39. Meghan
    June 26, 2013 / 8:43 am

    hey as usual your recipes always turn out great, i love all your recipes and the face that you always cover recipes from all over the caribbean so I not only get trini stuff here but other countries festival delicacies as well, thanks Chris.

  40. Angela
    June 25, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    Lovely video that made me hungry and anxious to make the festivals. The video is very helpful and easy to follow. I like that you mentioned your website at the top and end of the video (sort of the way I leave my phone number when I leave a message). I like that the camera was positioned on one side for the dough making and positioned on the other side for shaping the festivals. I like the dissolves that break up the locked down shots. (They also give a sense of progress.) I like the reminders that help the process, such as putting more flour on your hands if need be and not crowding the pan, etc. And, again, it made me hungry. Prima!

  41. Donna M
    June 25, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    Those look Wonderful!! Can't wait to try the recipe

  42. Z. Mona
    June 25, 2013 / 11:48 am

    easy video. like that the dumplings are made finger length/shape as opposed to round.

  43. shanta james
    June 25, 2013 / 11:38 am

    I love it. the instructions was clear informative and also very educational for those who never tried it. Thanks again you make people fall in love with cooking. keep it up.

  44. Paula
    June 25, 2013 / 10:04 am

    Will try some day my hubby lived in Jamaica for 4 yrs would be a welcome surprise.

  45. michele raamkissoon
    June 25, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Chris, thanks for this video. My sister has been asking me me to make festivals and at first I was wondering "what the heck is a festival" (lol).. Okay now I'm reassured that they're doable. I'll definitely try them. I would love to win those knives as well. Good luck to everyone and Chris keep doing what you do.

  46. Pat
    June 25, 2013 / 8:39 am

    Don't like a lot of recipes that just say fry until golden brown, much happier that you actuall give an amount of time to fry for.

  47. Rochelle
    June 25, 2013 / 7:11 am

    Hi Chris,

    Please enter my name in your contest. I can’t wait to try this dish!!!

  48. Elise Goddard-Shah
    June 25, 2013 / 3:55 am

    Love how easy it is to follow this tutorial! I love festivals! So excited to try this out!

  49. Morvant
    June 25, 2013 / 1:20 am

    Great receipt. I love dumplings. Will be making Festival really soon. Great dish.

  50. Richard
    June 25, 2013 / 12:08 am

    Your dumpling are amazing, Thank You

  51. Jacqueline
    June 24, 2013 / 11:00 pm

    We call fried dough "bakes" in ST Vincent. Hot and fresh out of the oil, you just have to add some salt fish and you are set for a great meal.

  52. leonile murray
    June 24, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Excellent Chris,
    you are my chef. Please keep teaching me more. I never fried dumplings before. WOW!

  53. Blue Cole-Quintal
    June 24, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Everytime I have these I can't get enough. You video helped me get the festivals just right. Thank you thank you. Now I can cook for my mom when she comes by.

  54. debbie
    June 24, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    after trying this recipe i felt that it could replace the bake in maracas bake and shark, excellent i will be making this often

  55. Pat
    June 24, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    So glad you gave about how long to fry in actual minutes instead of "till golden brown", always helps to have a round about idea how long it will take for this sort of thing to be fully cooked.

  56. Shanti
    June 24, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    Great simple recipe or at least that's how you made it look….going to try some now….

  57. Gayle
    June 24, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    Festivals are anytime food at my house with 3 growing boys!

  58. Maureen
    June 24, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    Really enjoyed learning how to make festivals,will have to try it next time I make saltfish and tomato choka.

  59. Reecy Campbell
    June 24, 2013 / 11:58 am

    Ackee and salt fish with festivals is one of my all time favorite meals. I have never been able to get the festivals just right though . its always a little too rubbery lol. Thanks for the directs they were easy to follow and give some hope of achieving delicious festivals.
    Thanks for taking the time out to make this video .
    much love.

  60. seasoned hand
    June 24, 2013 / 11:18 am

    Chris the video was exact and to the point it brought back memories when I was growing up in Jamaica my uncle had a shop right on Hellshire beach we use to eat festival to my belly waan buss lol its Nice with di ackee but more sweeter with some escrovitch fish try it

  61. lioness
    June 24, 2013 / 9:52 am

    I make festivals all the time but not like yours. I stay clear of the white sugar as it is not healthy for you. The only thing I do differently is add raisins or currants, and let me tell you the festivals disappear as you turn your back.

  62. Debra Grant- Edwards
    June 24, 2013 / 9:49 am

    Entering for the knife set .I love your recipes it is quick and easy.

  63. Sonija Edwards
    June 24, 2013 / 9:21 am

    The video was easy to follow.
    Looking forward to others like this.

  64. Johanne
    June 24, 2013 / 9:00 am

    Chris, I love this simple to follow, my 5 year old daughter and I are going to make some festivals today and will have my Jamaican husband be the judge tonight. Thanks very much. Cheers! Johanne

  65. June 24, 2013 / 7:48 am

    i am so pleased that i found your website,it has a combination of all my fav foods,my family and i a trying one almost very sunday, and my bf enjoys the cassava pone OMG!

  66. Gordana
    June 24, 2013 / 7:47 am

    Loove jamaican dumpling…….will try make it…….txs for the recipe…

  67. Sara Mohamed
    June 24, 2013 / 7:46 am

    The Video is quite comprehensive and easy to follow. Good job!

  68. anil seetahal
    June 24, 2013 / 7:42 am

    your are a great cook i love the videos and the step by step explanation

  69. Jennifer
    June 24, 2013 / 7:04 am

    Love your videos and recipes. Great help in my kitchen and my cooking.

  70. I Murray
    June 24, 2013 / 7:00 am

    Great video as usual. I will try this one for sure…

  71. Ingrid
    June 24, 2013 / 6:58 am

    Great video as usual. Will try this one for sure….

  72. June 24, 2013 / 6:45 am

    Hi Chris I eat cornmeal dumpling, cassava dumplings, plain flour dumpling but never fried …..Sure love to try fried dumplings…hmmm

  73. June 24, 2013 / 6:45 am

    Hi Chris I eat cornmeal dumpling, cassava dumplings, plain flour dumpling but never fried …..Sure love to try fried dumplings…hmmm

  74. Deobrah Sylvester-Murray
    June 24, 2013 / 6:05 am

    I love the video. It was very informative and straight forward. A novice can follow the stes and become a chef. Keep up the great work.

  75. Alana
    June 24, 2013 / 5:33 am

    I watched the video and I absolutely loved it. I have eaten festivals before from the Jamaican restaurants and I always wondered how it was made. Now that you showed us how to make it from the tutorial I am going to surprise my American friends and make it as a breakfast meal along with some saltfish to give them a taste of Caribbean dishes. Your videos are really great and I learn how to make a lot of dishes by watching them. It's really great to have a good Caribbean cook who puts the traditional dishes out there for us to enjoy. Everytime I have to cook for my friends I always come to this website. Thanks Chris and continue to embrace us with more recipes and great cooking ideas.

  76. Ayanna Josiah
    June 23, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    I always love the way you make every video easy to follow along. You also introduce me to many new recipes that look appetizing every time. WICKED! πŸ™‚

  77. Victorine
    June 23, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    Chris, your recipes are so simple. I like to try them out . Most times, i am able to substitute ingredients when original items are not available. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  78. phillip augustine
    June 23, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    Yeah Chris keep up the good work every recipe well explained and ideal. Thanks again

  79. Petra P
    June 23, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    Hi Chris, after looking at this video I was very excited to try this recipe. I really admire the way you breakdown everything and thanks alot for the picture per step guidance it is much appreciated. Blessings and keep doing what you do best………sharing those enticing step by step tutorials

  80. Anisa
    June 23, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    Looks yummy. Great video as always.

  81. liliana mohammed
    June 23, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    Love the recipes I'm a newly wed so this helps me to cook for my husband

  82. William Howard
    June 23, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Very nice viedo, like to eat these with jerk pork to sop up the juices.can't seem to get hard dough bread in fl.

  83. Michael
    June 23, 2013 / 12:19 pm

    Now I don't have to wait till I go to Jamaica to get these!

  84. June 23, 2013 / 11:22 am

    Hi Chris, I love your recipes!!! Great photos and step by step directions and of course all of your videos are boss!!! Keep up the great work!

  85. Layla_Wendy
    June 23, 2013 / 11:18 am

    I tried them out, only a bit smaller, as a snack. We could not stop eating them. As soon as I saw this recipee I wanted to try it. Now I did and I can tell you all: it was GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!! So thank you again Chris…..

  86. June 23, 2013 / 11:16 am

    Hi, love your recipes!!! Great photos and directions and all of your videos are boss!!!

  87. shionneka
    June 23, 2013 / 10:25 am

    Hey Chris,

    Seen your video, thought it looked easy. I will have to try to make it seeing I have all the ingredients in the kitchen now. The best part was when you started frying because I know now what it should look like, also how you added the Vanilla, cornmeal and sugar. Sounds like a treat !!!

  88. Yvonne
    June 23, 2013 / 9:51 am

    Thanks for the easy to follow directions!!!!!

  89. Gizette
    June 23, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  90. Jess Mandeville
    June 23, 2013 / 9:25 am

    Great tutorial, I will def be making festivals for my Welsh – Caribbean BBQ next week which will mostly be food made from your recipes! I’ve already made your mango hot sauce and your pineapple hot sauce.

    Now if this would just ensure that we get Trini style weather instead of typical British rain, it would be perfect!

  91. stacy
    June 23, 2013 / 8:59 am

    I have got to try this , it looks yummy!

  92. irma green
    June 23, 2013 / 7:37 am

    This site has very interesting recipes and stories that flavour the food in a fun way! Thanks a lot.

  93. Cindy Loeckler
    June 23, 2013 / 7:06 am

    This video was very helpful! Just made some for a snack, and they were wonderful!

  94. Marco Burger
    June 23, 2013 / 6:34 am

    I absolutely adore your recipes.

  95. elsa edmonds
    June 23, 2013 / 5:37 am

    posted a comment yesterday. don't know if it went through. i just love the recipes. The jamaican dumplings were wonderful. Thanks for keeping me updated on your videos and recipes.

  96. Cynthia Layne
    June 23, 2013 / 5:28 am

    Hi Chris, I tried your fried dumplings and I love them. They are somewhat similar to our Barbardian muffins only they are long instead of round.

  97. TFee
    June 23, 2013 / 5:08 am

    Hi Chris, as a culinary arts student, and being the only one with a Caribbean background in the middle of Sofia Bulgaria, I have to say your site helped me immensely as I developed a 4 course menu for our Caribbean theme night for our student operated restaurant. The food was a huge hit! I am so glad my Mother recommended your site to me, as I would be lost without it! Your tutorials are precise, concise and so very useful!

  98. Marianne
    June 23, 2013 / 5:02 am

    What a great way to be given a shortcut to mastering something new! The directions are, as usual, very helpful!

  99. jerzy kozak
    June 23, 2013 / 3:21 am

    love the dumplings .a first for me loved'em . the instruction video was just great . your site is the best lots of hand fun thing to cook for my family . they love your recipes and eating the food i cook. keep up the good site . CHEERS CHRIS.

  100. jerzy kozak
    June 23, 2013 / 3:20 am

    love the dumplings .a first for me loved'em . the instruction video was just great . your site is the best lots of hand fun thing to cook for my family . they love your recipes and eating the food i cook. keep up the good site . CHEERS CHRIS.

  101. Rod Warren
    June 23, 2013 / 2:16 am

    This is an awesome prize and would look great in my kitchen

  102. Lori
    June 22, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Loved the video!! I especially like the step by step tutorial. I've been searching for an easy dough recipe and this looks like something I could easily prepare.

  103. Esther Moolchan
    June 22, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    gosh i'm hungry πŸ™

  104. nicole
    June 22, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    You mode this look so easy. I can't wait to try this one. Thanks Chris


  105. janine
    June 22, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    yum yum ….very helpful

  106. Diva007
    June 22, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    Love the recipes.

  107. patricia baird
    June 22, 2013 / 8:31 pm

    Hi Chris I must say this video did something great for me I make the normal boil dumblings for my family but I never eatthem because of the boil flour but now I am eating them as they are fried I love them with anything thank you so much,

  108. Debra Jattan
    June 22, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    thanks for the info. i am currently a student at the university of the southern caribbean, in the family and consumer department and i am always looking for helpful hints on how to add the twist to what ever i am planning, and i must say that u are truly a bank of knowledge. i enjoy your posts and continue to do what u are doing.

  109. rajie dhannie
    June 22, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    I made it for the first time and it taste really good . THANKS

  110. Tsahai
    June 22, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. I have always wanted to try making festival

  111. Pam
    June 22, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    I definitely want to try these! I can almost smell them through the laptop! Lol

  112. Dawn
    June 22, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    Love the step by step instructions! Also, they look so delicious.. Ill have to make these.. Thanks for all the great recipe.. they all look so easy to cook!

  113. Kirsten
    June 22, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    Love, Love, Loving this recipe and all of your recipes! Can't wait to try it.

  114. Sandrap
    June 22, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    The instructions are clear and easy to follow, I like that. This is definitely worth trying.

  115. Antoinette
    June 22, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    Very good website to learn to prepare new types of food!

  116. Kelly butler
    June 22, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    Mmmmm! I will defo be making this soon 

  117. comenatural
    June 22, 2013 / 5:31 pm

    I have been spreading the word about your amazing videos and recipes. Has really improved my own cooking skills. Oxtail in guinness, OH LAWD!!!, WICKED MI BREDDA….keep them coming Chris
    Nuff Respect

  118. Caroline
    June 22, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    Very clear instructions, and helpful to see each stage in the preparation of the dough and the cooking. I love Caribbean flavors, and especially how you explain the different names used in different communities for the special ingredients, and what to substitute if I can't find those ingredients here in Michigan. I am a vegan and into whole foods and healthy eating (so more veggie-based soups, stews, and curries than fried foods), and I love your recipes of this type since they don't skimp on flavor. Thanks!

  119. Ayana Hinds
    June 22, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    Amaaazing video. I was able to understand and apply some of these principles in my own kitchen. Let the cooking begin!!! thanks again

  120. Freda
    June 22, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    I like your step by step presentation. I fell in love with Jamaican festivals some years back. I wanted to make my own so I got a Jamaican friend to show me (step by step) how to make them. We made some great dumplings. Also, the ackee and saltfish you have there looks absolutely mouthwatering

  121. vicariousli
    June 22, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    I heard of Jamaican festivals, but had no idea how to make them. I would have never guessed the vanilla or the cornmeal. Thank you for providing us such a great service with exact measurements and technique.

  122. TSS
    June 22, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    a new way to have dumplings πŸ˜€ can't wait to try it has the effect of granny's special evening treat.

  123. Paula
    June 22, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    I have never had festivals, but will be making them with salt fish as soon as the Dr. Gives me the okay to resume my normal activities . Love the way you explain everything in detail.

  124. Todd Millines
    June 22, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    Whats Up Chris another great vid that is off the chain and allows me to save time money and make awesome dishes for my family.. Thanks, My favorite is still the simple oven baked BBQ chicken but these festivals are wicked good…. God Bless you and Keep it up

    June 22, 2013 / 3:42 pm


  126. John-Christopher
    June 22, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    The amount of water would depend on the flour and the ambient humidity.

  127. Andrea Koylass
    June 22, 2013 / 3:24 pm

    I am a Trini who visited and fell in love with Jamaica. I call it my second home. The festivals brought back fond memories. Your usual, easy to follow video/recipes make cooking a joy. So, without having to explain the taste of festivals to my family, I’ll just make some and based on my past experience using your recipes, I know they will be “boss”. Thanks again Chris.

  128. Coco
    June 22, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    Always wanted to try this particular FESTIVAL and your video is exactly what I needed to make my first attempt!!! Great job!


  129. Zona
    June 22, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    That is very interesting and clear, straightforward step-by-step demo!
    Cannot wait to try out this!!!

  130. Maggie Patience
    June 22, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    Yummy, but cant enjoy them anymore as I have Celiac Disease. Will have to adapt the recipe and see how it goes!!!M

  131. alex martin
    June 22, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    I never even heard of this before, but am going to give it a try. It looks awsome and delicious.

  132. Debra Armand
    June 22, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    These little fry dumplings are one of my favorite indulgences. My people in Jamaica call them festivals. In my home country of Trinidad, it's simply fry dumplings. Thanks for the memories and wonderful tasting recipe.

  133. pete nunes
    June 22, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    Really like Chris' accent and his tip about not overcrowding the pan when frying.

  134. Ronaldi
    June 22, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    Your videos make things easy! No one is doing Caribbean on Food Channel. You are #1.

    I bought a bag of festivals yesterday at our “local” (10 miles away) Caribbean market. I love what they do for a couple of fresh hot sauces, like scotch bonnet and garlic, pepper vinegar.

    You taught me how to make proper stew chicken and such. Keep those videos coming Chris.


  135. dlall
    June 22, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    Would love to win these knives Chris! Love your cooking.

  136. Davior Pinney
    June 22, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    Your recipes remind me of home! Keep em coming.

  137. san
    June 22, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Hi Chris, thanks for all the great recipes. BBQ sauce/chicken, acra , black cake… name a few… all delicious

  138. Elaine
    June 22, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    Breakfast tomorrow

  139. Elaine
    June 22, 2013 / 1:25 pm


  140. staycia
    June 22, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    Nice…I loved the video. I'm gonna be trying these on Sunday with my stress codfish…thnx

  141. June 22, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    First time I had these i Jamaica i could not eat enough. I love them especially with escovich fish and spianch rice Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

  142. Barry
    June 22, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    Great recipe and easy to follow

  143. Dwight Gibson
    June 22, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    I tried it and it came out delicious thank you very much

  144. Alicia
    June 22, 2013 / 12:25 pm

    the video was pretty clear, love the tip on dusting hands with flour

  145. Eddison
    June 22, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I will definitely try to make these.

  146. Melissa
    June 22, 2013 / 12:09 pm

    This video seems very easy but can I sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for an extra sweet treat? Do you recommend ?

  147. Nancy D.
    June 22, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    Off to make some of these now! Love your videos, always high energy.

  148. stephen superville
    June 22, 2013 / 11:54 am

    I want to try the Ackee & Saltfish….

  149. Barry Cornell
    June 22, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Thanks For the Video Chris ,, Easy Peasy and so darn good.. btw,, pretty set of knives,,and FYI ,,TOMODACHI is" friend" in Japanese,,suits You & perfectly.

  150. June 22, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Excellent Video. What I like most of all about your recipes is that you have videos explaining most of your recipes and they are full of life and interesting. I like the fact that you added a tid bit about using clorox wipes for the oil cleanup. Your Fried Dumplings are great with any meal. Loved it.

  151. elsa edmonds
    June 22, 2013 / 11:48 am

    Chris, although i am a senior citizen i really enjoy ur recipes. Tried the Jamaican dumplins and it was a succes . So easy and not much time involved. Thanks for keeping me updated with ur recipes.

  152. Bob Reynolds
    June 22, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Very easy and simple to follow.

  153. Merlyn Raymond
    June 22, 2013 / 11:21 am

    I would like to enter your contest please – Merlyn Raymond

  154. pscscsue
    June 22, 2013 / 11:16 am

    Your directions are easy to follow and your videos are very helpful.

  155. Livetoeat
    June 22, 2013 / 11:12 am

    Your receipts all turn out fantastic. Make at least one from your website every week.

  156. Peggy DeLalue
    June 22, 2013 / 11:03 am

    I love a great source for fun wonderful season food

  157. Wendy Weaver
    June 22, 2013 / 11:01 am

    These knives look wonderful. They would come in handy for making the recipe that you posted with them. Keep up the good work.

  158. rachel
    June 22, 2013 / 10:55 am

    rachel rampaul:)

  159. David Schindel
    June 22, 2013 / 10:52 am

    I can taste them already, I'm going to make them today, Thanks Chris

  160. OLPDGhost
    June 22, 2013 / 10:50 am

    Love all your videos..helps ot see what it is supposed to look like during all the steps! =) Thanks for helping me become a bad ass in the kitchen!

  161. Shelly N
    June 22, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Great video very clear. Thanks for reminding me about the wonders of your Jamaican foods.

  162. Ryan
    June 22, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Great video!

  163. Janelle gabriel
    June 22, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Had festivals for the 1st time 5 years ago whilst on my honeymoon and has been in love with it since.Tried many times to make it but never quite captured the perfect flavour..Thanks Chris with that recipe you have a very happy and fulfilled subscriber.

  164. Dramane Brown
    June 22, 2013 / 10:32 am

    Never made Festivals before but now I'm excited to try. I'll let you know how it goes!

  165. Erin A
    June 22, 2013 / 10:27 am

    Easy to follow! I followed your recipe and it came out so good! Thanks.

  166. Jacqueline Willis
    June 22, 2013 / 10:25 am


  167. Percy
    June 22, 2013 / 10:16 am

    Yo Mon,

    It may be time for you to pursue your interest (and ours) in cooking… on television! Have you given the possibility any thought? You have the foods and the personality for it

  168. Tarlaymoon Hosein
    June 22, 2013 / 10:11 am

    I loved the idea of adding vanilla to enhance the flavour. The video is easy to follow and i'm looking forward to making festival as I finally have a recipe that will be amazing and worth trying!
    Thanks for the idea on the wipes Chris, it beats cleaning with a soapy sponge. Excellent tip for cleanup

  169. Lora
    June 22, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Great recipe! Looking forward to more fun recipes! Easy to understand and follow along! Thanks so much! Keep up the good work!

  170. Kimberly singleton
    June 22, 2013 / 10:00 am

    Looks Delicious I love festival with escoveitch fish

  171. Bill
    June 22, 2013 / 9:58 am

    Always good information. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  172. Katie
    June 22, 2013 / 9:46 am

    It was super helpful!

  173. Natasha
    June 22, 2013 / 9:42 am

    As always Chris beautify done, keep the videos coming. Very help full.

  174. John Thornton
    June 22, 2013 / 9:33 am

    Thanks for the recipes, I am the chef for several prominent families and am always looking for interesting dishes.

  175. CRYSTAL
    June 22, 2013 / 9:33 am

    Taste awesome.

  176. Jemma
    June 22, 2013 / 9:31 am

    Love Festivals. Can't wait to make these πŸ™‚

  177. coconutwoman
    June 22, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Wow! You have a lot of entries for your contest. Everyone loves your tutorials. They are short and simple. It is also good that if you make a mistake, you do not cut it out of your video. For example, you started mixing the dough with the whisk and it got all stuck up in the whisk, so you got rid of it and mixed it with your hands. This Trini had never hear of Jamaican Festivals before. They look yummy.

  178. Greg
    June 22, 2013 / 9:22 am

    I have now tried them and they came out great. Thanks for the easy, for even me to follow, instructions.

  179. Elizabeth Bourne
    June 22, 2013 / 9:20 am

    Hey Chris I love your recipes you have good food. I saved them all in a file and cook it here in Newfoundland for my friends. The knives look great. Just to let you know if anyone is interested this is come home year in Newfoundland from August 9-August 18. I am sure you all will have fun.I sure will try this recipe.

  180. Laurie
    June 22, 2013 / 9:17 am

    Great recipe. The video is very easy to follow. I will give it a try.

  181. Enrique
    June 22, 2013 / 9:16 am

    Great recipe! I wonder if I can sprinkle some powder sugar in top and served for dessert

  182. sonapon
    June 22, 2013 / 9:15 am

    Chris, you are a great cook and your presentations are well done, your island festivals remind me of sorullos (so-ru-yos) corn meal based fried dumplings that have the hint of vanilla and sugar, I made from my Puerto Rican cookery as a snack. or accompaniment to cold salads and warm casseroles. Thanks for the carribean pot issues you send in my inbox. I hope to get some of your dishes on my table during my vacation in July. You should have your own cooking show on the FOOD NETWORK.

  183. Roslyn Chandler
    June 22, 2013 / 9:07 am

    My husband will love this. I will definitely try it.

  184. Winston
    June 22, 2013 / 9:07 am

    Nice one Chris, I tried the recipe followed the instructions and the festivals came out perfect.

  185. Glenise
    June 22, 2013 / 9:03 am

    I was a bit anxious using the oil but as long as its hot enough they are perfect! I even dusted a few with cinnamon sugar to have with my coffee. Thanks Chris!

  186. Mr. Bean
    June 17, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    I love the hands on approach to your videos. It makes them easy to follow! Could work full time trying all your recipes.
    Mr. Bean

  187. Mc Kesha J.
    June 15, 2013 / 11:58 am

    Thanks Chris, I tried these dumplings and they came out perfect. The only problem was the fact that I didn't make enough for my family so you had kneading more flour late at night for everyone to enjoy.

  188. June 12, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Chris i love all your recipe always easy to follow xx Blessed love to you all da time xx One Love Sista k………………look forward to watchin more x

  189. Pat
    June 12, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    Loved the video. You gave great instructions and watching made me go make some. Soooo good.

  190. Tanishe
    June 11, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    love your videos, brings cooking alive.

  191. Tanishe
    June 11, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    Love your recipes

  192. Tanya
    June 7, 2013 / 10:13 am

    These look delicious!

  193. June 7, 2013 / 12:34 am

    Great video! Makes it SO easy! Gonna try this soon with some jerk chicken! Thanks pardner!

  194. Carol
    June 6, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    I made jerk pork the other day that was delicious!

  195. Ingrid B
    June 6, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    So what I love about this video Chris (and all your videos in fact!) is that they are very clear and you make it easy for everyone to make these wonderful dishes. love that you film it from your point of view so we can actually see what you're seeing as you make it!

  196. Gerbear
    June 6, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Looks great Chris – I have never had them before, definitely will try them.
    Great, simple to follow videos!
    Thank you!

  197. Tiffanie Whitfield
    June 5, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    Add water a little bit at a time…that's why mines never come out right. Will try with vanilla Thx Chris always enjoy your recipes πŸ™‚

  198. Chris
    June 4, 2013 / 11:35 pm

    Great job

  199. Lachlan Cooper
    June 4, 2013 / 7:40 am

    Yum looks great I might make it for my house mates

  200. I.C. Abiff
    June 4, 2013 / 7:38 am

    I tried the recipe. These Jamaican Festivals were the absolute BOMB! The video really helped me to see how things should look at each stage of preparation. The fact that they disappeared in a blink of an eye with requests for more put them on my "quick n easy" top 5 recipe list.


  201. June 3, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    Hi Chris! I am new to your site and FB page. I am SO excited because although I'm not Caribbean I <3<3<3 (L.o.V.e) authentic food of the culture! Thank You very much for sharing. I will be following you closely now πŸ™‚

  202. Michele
    June 3, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    Chris this recipe was simple and easy to follow. Looks yummy and one to add to my list of caribbean pot family favourites. Who say you can't learn to cook online.

  203. June 3, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    I love the presentation and it is illustrated very easily so that everyone can understand and of course the meals are delicious I try them

  204. Carmen Perez
    June 3, 2013 / 9:12 am

    My ex-husband is from Trinidad and it is his cooking that I truly miss…
    Love your videos it brings good memories..

  205. Rebecca
    June 3, 2013 / 7:00 am

    Can't wait to try this out……..thanks

  206. mark
    June 3, 2013 / 1:23 am

    yummy Jamaican food

  207. Al Spielman
    June 2, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    They look delicious! The video was informative withour being boring. Good job on the instructions!

  208. Anna K
    June 2, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    Another recipe I can't wait to try.

  209. marion
    June 2, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    Those look yummy ill have to make it i know my kids
    Love it also they will eat anything that make with flour

  210. natalie
    June 2, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    Great food and presentation.

  211. Wendy
    June 2, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    Those are some wicked dumplings done by a wicked chef. lol. I've definitely got to try that recipe.

  212. mala bisnath
    June 2, 2013 / 10:52 am

    i enjoy each and every recipe presented by chris, it brings back fond memories and i try my best to cook everything i learnt as a young woman in Trinidad.

  213. susan johnson-dixon
    June 1, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    i am jamaican and i must say your recipe sell off! amazing simply amazing!

  214. Raynell
    June 1, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    Hi Chris…always looking forward to your videos. I love your recipes and love using them feed my family. Can't wait for my four year old to taste these festivals, I know she'd just love them.

  215. april
    June 1, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    such a great recipe … turned out golden and was yummy πŸ™‚ video helped to see how it was done correctly!

  216. Barry Granderson
    June 1, 2013 / 4:01 pm

    As always, your receipt is easy to follow, most of all delicious, can't wait for the next video.

  217. Lorna Marchan
    June 1, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Hi Chris

    No matter how you read and follow a recipe it's always better to see it work. You work that recipe well. Thanks and I'm going to try it out.

  218. Rea
    June 1, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    As always , a great video. Will be trying this one soon. Rae.

  219. Lora
    June 1, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    Very enjoyable videos! Looking forward to trying all these great recipes! Thanks so much!

  220. dlall
    June 1, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    thank Chris for sharing your recipes with us. They are delish.

  221. claudia garvin
    June 1, 2013 / 12:12 pm

    Hello!!!!!! Chris, words cannot express the Caribbean Gourmet mouth watering experience felt from this video. I envisioned my mouth instead of yours eating with a passion for the exotic, unique taste of those fried dumplins. Anyone who taste this dumplin with achee and saltfish could only describe the taste as a statelite explosion of Caribbean flavour. God bless you and Caribbean Pot.

  222. Donia Cook
    June 1, 2013 / 11:04 am

    I’m not very good with dough but will give this a try. Can you use raw sugar instead?

  223. lorraine
    June 1, 2013 / 10:23 am

    Hi Chris

    This recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it out. Love all of your recipes, they are easy to follow and come out fantastic.

    Keep up the great work//

  224. Joy
    June 1, 2013 / 6:35 am

    Very easy recipe to follow. Fantastic job Chris

  225. Rod Warren
    June 1, 2013 / 3:40 am

    i like the idea of mixing normal flour with a corn flour, I think it will make a big difference to the flavour

  226. Analisa
    May 31, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    I'm a Trini young mummy and I'm always looking for new things to keep the family meals fun and spicy and I know you like your spicy stuff! This is something fairly new to me and I'm gonna give it a go because you managed, as always, to hit every detail…. and as all cooks learn one way or another, the simplest of details can make a world of difference in a dish……

  227. Susan C
    May 31, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Thank you Chris, for introducing me to dishes from other Islands. Just something different for a change. The videos are so simple, anyone can follow them with ease. Makes me want to try them all.

  228. Faith
    May 31, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    And I was just about to buy the Grace pre-made festivals. Now I don't have to! Thanks, Chris!

  229. stacy
    May 31, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    i tried this recipe, and my festivals came out beautifully. i also tried the bread pudding recipe and it was a hit with my mom and grandmother! And you know their approval is always worth its weight in gold! I dod not even have time to make a side to go with eat cause every time i turned around some ‘kitchen cockroach or rat’ went with two. Oh well maybe next time i will post a pic>

    i love you Chris love love love

  230. Todd Ingram
    May 31, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    The video is very well laid out, and easy to follow…

    Well done!

  231. Di H
    May 31, 2013 / 5:52 pm


  232. Jacque joseph
    May 31, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    I’ve always wanted to know how to do this.

    Thanks much.

    Ps I want those knives

  233. Gail
    May 31, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    Nice step by step instructions! Something different to try.

  234. Epiphany11
    May 31, 2013 / 11:58 am

    The video was great, It shows how easy it is to make festival. I will definitely use this recipe.

  235. MrsBayne
    May 31, 2013 / 11:11 am

    This looks very good and simple to make … even for a novice like me! Love all the recipes and videos … keep them coming!

  236. Olivia
    May 31, 2013 / 10:21 am

    Video was great….I’m so going to go try this recipe this weekend πŸ™‚

  237. Roselia M
    May 31, 2013 / 10:15 am

    thanks Chris

  238. Sharilyn S
    May 31, 2013 / 9:15 am

    OMG, This recipe is amzing i always wanted to try the jamaican festival but what stood for me is the fact that essence was used so now i know the secret ingredient… Thanks Chris

  239. Tiina
    May 31, 2013 / 8:41 am

    Fantastic, a must try! Kids will love it!

  240. Andy Perkins
    May 31, 2013 / 8:25 am

    I have to say, looks brilliant. Gonna try with lamb stew.

  241. Opal
    May 31, 2013 / 8:23 am

    The dishes are tasty and very easy to prepare!

  242. Vanessa Belcon
    May 31, 2013 / 8:04 am

    I cannot wait to try making these festivals, had them once here, but i think they were oval shaped with more cornmeal; these look absolutely fantastic though. Will be trying them very soon!!! thanks Chris.

  243. Pitou L.E
    May 31, 2013 / 6:52 am

    Yum Yum! I'll be cooking these tonight. Love your recipes Chris!

  244. L Ngakane
    May 31, 2013 / 5:57 am

    Jamaican Festivals for Dummies (like me)! Love it!

  245. Cory G
    May 31, 2013 / 5:52 am

    I’ve never tried these before. They look awesome! Thanks for this simple recipe and the great videos – Keep ’em comin!

    We’ll be trying these on the weekend with the kids for sure.

  246. May 31, 2013 / 5:46 am

    love the video! especially when you got in there with your fingers lol. real cooking ain’t neat.. not in my kitchen anyway lolol…and that it wasn’t fried too hard.. i’ve had some really hard festival in the past and that’s not fun…thanks for the video.. i gwan give it a try this weekend

  247. Diane
    May 31, 2013 / 2:05 am

    I love your videos. It's much easier watching how a dish 'should' turn out than trying a written recipe and simply hoping. I've tried several of your recipes so far and will definitely be trying these. Not sure about pairing them with a savoury dish, but I'll try most things twice πŸ˜‰

  248. Mark
    May 31, 2013 / 1:18 am

    Great recipe, easy and delicious!

  249. Esther
    May 31, 2013 / 12:08 am

    Always wanted to make festivals. Thanks Chris for the video.

  250. Edward Jamurath
    May 30, 2013 / 10:46 pm

    awesome dish chris, edward

  251. Joannne
    May 30, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    I will give this a try…thanks again Chris.

  252. ronnelpin41
    May 30, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    Amazing how many readers you have here man. I like the video concept, it's better in real time and I'm an avid YouTube user anyway. Good stuff, keep bringing it.

  253. LINDA
    May 30, 2013 / 9:40 pm


  254. Victor Aimey
    May 30, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    You make it look so easy Chris —– what a gift! I could hardly wait to try the dumplings.

  255. Ingiesue4u
    May 30, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    Hello Chris, I am sure I would love this mouth watering festival. Can't wait to try it this weekend. Love you for always sharing these recipes with us.

  256. Juliet Charles
    May 30, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Thanks Chris for bringing all these different dishes to my kitchen. I can't wait to try this one.
    I'm so happy I found this site. I just have a big smile when I tell my friends about it:-)

  257. verewilliams
    May 30, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    caribbean dont stop sending your rescepies they are continuing to get greater and greater

  258. Sandrap
    May 30, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Chris, your video gives plain, simple instructions. I like that. By following the instructions I know I can make those festivals and enjoy them. Thank you for sharing.

  259. Deborah
    May 30, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Very nice but nausea. Yes, I am pregnant do all that oil has made me sick. I love dumplins and jamacian food so when. This pumpkin is out next year, I will definitely be cooking this dish with the side thingy you had there. But NAUSEA!!!!!! πŸ™‚ Hey, I need that knife set son, it is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Lord, hear my preayer for I am your daughter, Amen!

  260. Cassi M.
    May 30, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    Loved the video. Going to get my lap top in kitchen and cook along this weekend. Can’t wait to taste the festivals!

  261. R. Rohleder
    May 30, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    I love the videos also. They show illustrations of how to do something that is not in the directions of a recipe. Thanks.

  262. Tiffany
    May 30, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    I loved your video and your site. You kept it nice and easy and I love the close up of the food.

  263. Alan Trinidad
    May 30, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    Really Good Video
    I Always thought Dumplins were Boiled in Soup (As We Do it here in Trinidad.
    Enjoying your Videos on YouTube also
    Here in T&T we have a Holiday Here today (Corpus Christi and also Indian Arrival Day)
    So Tommorow is also a Holiday.
    I have the Time to Go thru all your Videos on you Tube
    You Really make FOOD Look Good
    Particularly Greatful for the Videos From the Other Caribbean Island (like Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada)

    THANKS AGAIN, and Keep up the Good Work
    Diego Martin

  264. Angelina
    May 30, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    I've always had fried dumplins, but it was as left overs. Made dumplins with salt fish buljol and green bananas, what remained was fried next day Now I can have it when I want……. Thanks for the video n recipe.

  265. Tiffany
    May 30, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    I always wondered how to get the festivals so perfect now I know. Thanks Chris

  266. May 30, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    I loved this recipe. Made it last night with fried fish! It sell off!

  267. Judy
    May 30, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    Looks great, I'm definitely going to try it. We've been to Jamaica three times, plan to return again.

  268. Caneisha
    May 30, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    Love the video tried it and it was great, love this chris thanks alot.

  269. Fatgirl
    May 30, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Hello everyone, I love the fact that the recipe is so easy along with the visual of the video, the whole meal looks so good! I would have to incorporate this into my diet and can not wait to try it! (Would that count as a cheat…) I want to try them with a fish dish very soon, I've had one in mind with a red snapper. You are right about the Clorax wipes I use them also, easy on clean-ups.

  270. Jeannette P.
    May 30, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    I love making festival but never added the vanilla to it. Will definately try it next time! Thanks for all the good tips!

  271. Karen Burke
    May 30, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Looks delicious! Thanks for posting!

  272. sabreena
    May 30, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    I heart festival. especially to cool down some really spicy jerk chicken :). I also didn't know Clorox wipes were good for grease. I love finding new uses for things. Gonna grab some of those my next trip to Costco if their in that bulk pack πŸ™‚

  273. Patrice Vivian-Bates
    May 30, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    A MUST TRY….
    I have learned so much from you… Thanks You Chris.

  274. Mervyn
    May 30, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    I like the amount of detail you put into your vides. Good Work.

  275. Anniel
    May 30, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    Chris I enjoy your recipes but I need that knives set to chop up mi onions dem how you chop… In style.

  276. Sharon Mansha
    May 30, 2013 / 4:01 pm

    I just love the recipes that I get from your website and I just love all the Carribbean food.. The contests that you have are fun too for books and knife sets.cook

  277. Liz
    May 30, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    I love the video and should be making this shortly hopefully mine come out the same way yours did! Thanks Chris!

  278. Lisa Woods
    May 30, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    Getting ready to start a Jamaican food truck & hoping to give this recipe a shot. LOVE FESTIVAL!

  279. Anushka Achan
    May 30, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    Chris – I love your food. I always email your recipes to another Trini friend who now lives in Canada! Actually I told her to join your site!__Yes I would love to win these knives! πŸ™‚

  280. Susan
    May 30, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    Great recipe and great show, as always. This one I am trying for sure! I love your presentation, just like having someone in the kitchen with me. I have two questions about the recipe: If you use less water, do you also decrease the amount of vanilla? My inclination would be to add the vanilla separately and then use as much water as needed. You mentioned "festival oil" for cooking. Is this a particular type of oil? What would you recommend as a substitute?

  281. QueenieSheba
    May 30, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    As usual, great video! Thanks for the recipe. It's similar to bakes. You've changed the way I cook, I'm going back to the food I grew up with. Notice that Caribbean food uses a lot of vegetables?
    Seriously, you need to be on TV.
    Please enter me in your contest.

  282. Vashti G
    May 30, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    i am allergy to salt fish but these festivals will go down nicely with my tomato choka!

  283. colette
    May 30, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Wow chris this is really gooood dish thanks for the recipe I will try it one day.

  284. Sandra S.
    May 30, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    Love the vanilla twist Chris. Keep them coming

  285. Kathryn Belfon
    May 30, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Thanks, Chris. I've eaten these at Jamaican restaurants but never knew how they were made. I will be sure to give them a try. πŸ™‚

  286. Natalie
    May 30, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    Easy recipe to follow' would try it… First time I 've heard about fried dumplings…looks great…

  287. Kathryn Belfon
    May 30, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Thanks, Chris. I have eaten these before at Jamaican restaurants but never knew how they were made. I will be trying them out. πŸ™‚

  288. markIta walcott
    May 30, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    I will have a festival of festivals

  289. Priscila
    May 30, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    looks so good i will be trying this

  290. Richard
    May 30, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    Another good West Indian dish.
    I tried a lot of your recipes and they are delicious!!Really reminds me of back home..Keep on posting .I look forward to recipes thanks again

  291. shamin afghan
    May 30, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    Chris … you make cooking so easy ……… love this ……….. always enjoy your videos …… thanks for sharing your recipes with us ………….shamin

  292. Christine G.
    May 30, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    Just like my mom use to make…love your simple and easy to follow tutorial

  293. Dionne
    May 30, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    I'm loving the video, never thought festivals were so easy to make, I'm definitely gonna try making them.

  294. Stasia
    May 30, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Love, love, love this video. Very clear and easy to follow. Going to the kitchen to make them right now. I love being Jamaican!

  295. Andrea
    May 30, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    Video was informative and quick. I want to try making these myself and often look for vegetarian options in I didn't have these when I visited Jamaica, but I wish I did! Thanks for putting the word out there. I find your emails, facebook and pinterest very interesting and creative marketing tools!

  296. jennylene96
    May 30, 2013 / 1:09 pm

    Great Job Chris. I am going to try these right now. I have some tomato and saltfish to eat it with. By the way do you have a recipe for making kurma the Indian sweet.

  297. Delvern Job
    May 30, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    I love the simplicity of the video, easy to follow steps. Always wanted to know how to make these, will definitely make them soon. Can't wait, love your recipes, they are authentic and finger licking goooood!

  298. san
    May 30, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Thanks Chris, lookes delicious can't wait to try.

  299. Sharon
    May 30, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Years ago,when I visited Jamaica ,I ate some festivals and loved them so.I am happy that I now have the recipe so I can make my own soon.

  300. Shelby of jax,fl
    May 30, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    Chris, what a wicked chef you are indeed. I enjoy your videos and would love to see a live show if you ever have one. (hint) Next contest… tickets to see "the wicked chef" live! Hint hint. lol. until next time, keep the pot hot.

  301. carl
    May 30, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    now dis teaste nice…mi no lie

  302. stacey
    May 30, 2013 / 12:43 pm

    love your videos.There're really helpful.

  303. May 30, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    You always make it look so easy and so much fun. I especially like in this tutorial how you politely start mixing the water/vanilla mixture into the flour mixture using the whisk. Then you politely say, forget that, and dig in with your hands. I can so relate. Classic!

  304. asha prakash
    May 30, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    love this…..thank you

  305. Leota
    May 30, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Really appreciate the step-by-step process. makes it easy to learn. Thanks Chris

  306. Tica
    May 30, 2013 / 12:27 pm

    love the video….I tried these as soon as i watched it….they came out great……thanks

  307. george
    May 30, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    keep up the good work

  308. Morvant
    May 30, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    Thanks for the info on making festival. The video is very helpful. I love me some dumplings. I will be making these soon.

  309. joy valdez
    May 30, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    I love this,will try it out.

  310. James Hartsfield
    May 30, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    I like the fact that you show your mistakes too!!! You give a good explanation of why you do what you do. I really enjoy your videos, I have used several of your recipes. Thank you!!!

    James Hartsfield, Atlanta, GA (Clorox owes you!!!)

  311. Jeanette
    May 30, 2013 / 11:59 am

    Thanks for the video, Chris!! I have no excuse to be buying "packaged" dough anymore to fry festivals. This video was so thought out (as are all of yours!) and wll try from scratch this weekend!! Jeanette

  312. Seeeta
    May 30, 2013 / 11:58 am

    Thanks Chris… We get something here in Edmonton but its round, I guess you can make them in any shape. My husband always buy it with ackee and saltfish, but I love to eat them with buljol. Thanks for the recipe, did not know how to make them before, but will now.
    Please enter my name for the knives, love, love the colors.
    P.S. all your recipes are on par, reminds me of my youthful days in T&T.

  313. Keith
    May 30, 2013 / 11:58 am

    Chris I really appreciate you and your site. My mother is from Port of Spain, Trinidad. This helps me to show my children their heritage. The videos shows that things aren't that difficult. Now to try them :0)

  314. Anwesha
    May 30, 2013 / 11:50 am

    great recipe & directions

  315. Rich Arrington
    May 30, 2013 / 11:49 am

    Love festivals! been following your page and video's ever since i moved to the islands (coastal Georgia) and changed my cooking style. You always make it simple and easy, thank you!

  316. Ray
    May 30, 2013 / 11:48 am

    Thanks Chris, for the clear visual instruction. Now that I know how it is done; I will not have to buy the pre-package ones and pass them off as my own!

  317. N. Pantin
    May 30, 2013 / 11:48 am

    Entering my name to win those beautiful knives.

  318. N. Pantin
    May 30, 2013 / 11:46 am

    Fabulous dish!

  319. Neil in Dominica
    May 30, 2013 / 11:35 am

    Thank you for sharing Chris…gotta go try this right now!

  320. Percy
    May 30, 2013 / 11:29 am

    Your recipes are wonderful. (You look like my brother!) Good luck with your business!

    Percy Ashby

  321. May 30, 2013 / 11:28 am

    Your site is awesome and I love the videos.

  322. Lucille
    May 30, 2013 / 11:25 am

    Chris you make all your cooking look so easy and this recipe was
    easy and soooo good. I spend hours watching your videos and writing
    out recipes to try. Thanks for doing what you do.

  323. Zenitram
    May 30, 2013 / 11:24 am

    I'm not much of a fry guy so in truth I will probably pass on this venue. However, the dough appears to be interesting so I may try using in a baked dish after stuffing it and brushing with an herb/garlic butter. Thanks for all you do. Cheers!

  324. Joy Poliah
    May 30, 2013 / 11:20 am

    Looks yummy

  325. Valerie Perotte
    May 30, 2013 / 11:18 am

    Chris, I do admire the way you make cooking "very simple" …I am off to try these "Fesitvals"
    Do keep up the visibility of West Indian Cooking…Thanks…

  326. Carolyn
    May 30, 2013 / 11:09 am

    Love the step-by-step video. It makes it very easy to follow the recipe.

  327. Roanne Ramsaroop
    May 30, 2013 / 11:06 am

    Looks easy to make and quite delish. Can’t wait to try it out and eat of course!

  328. Stacey
    May 30, 2013 / 11:04 am

    I had never heard of these, but was glad to see in the video that the preparation will be fairly simple. I hope to be able to put some together soon.

  329. Anna Palomino
    May 30, 2013 / 11:03 am

    Just love your recipies Chris. This festival cook-up makes me real home sick for my Jamaica.

    Keep those recipes coming!

  330. Melissa
    May 30, 2013 / 10:58 am

    Ever since I stumbled upon your videos & subscribed to your newsletter, I have been making the most wonderful dishes. Your recipes are easy to follow & very good!!! I am not from the Islands & neither is my family but my family loves the Caribbean dishes I now prepare for them on a regular. Thank you ❀

  331. Krystal
    May 30, 2013 / 10:58 am

    Right on target as always!! This recipe was easy to follow. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks

  332. Natasha
    May 30, 2013 / 10:56 am

    I am a visual person so seeing your step by step instructions is helpful in creating these meals. Thank you for all the great recipes!

  333. Pat
    May 30, 2013 / 10:55 am

    I am going to try this recipe some time during the course of the day. Your instructions are always so easy to follow. You are going to make excellent cooks out of all of us. Keep up the good work, you are the best Caribbean cook ever.

  334. Malin
    May 30, 2013 / 10:51 am

    It’s fun watching the video! I finally remember those steps I forget that make it not come out perfect!

  335. p emelda wallen
    May 30, 2013 / 10:51 am

    this was great. i’ve wanted to know how to make this for a loooong time. thanks you so much…. the knives will be outstanding in my kitchen.

  336. Thomas Michael
    May 30, 2013 / 10:45 am

    Great video, perfectly easy to understand and follow! I’m a Master Baker and I wouldn’t change a thing about this video, great job. New subscriber, going to enjoy looking back over your recipes and look forward to new ones. The ackee and salt fish dish made my mouth water!

  337. Paula
    May 30, 2013 / 10:44 am

    I tried these before but they were tough. Recipe looks interesting and moist. Will try since my hubby loves them.

  338. swizzlstk
    May 30, 2013 / 10:43 am

    Looking forward to trying this recipe….

  339. Francisca
    May 30, 2013 / 10:42 am

    I am Jamaican and this is one of my favourite foods eaten with escoveitched fish or jerk chicken m m mmmm !! Your recipe was perfect.

  340. Greg
    May 30, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Nice job with recipe but I have come to expect that from you. Have to agree the hands are the right tool to get the consistency wanted for the dough just right. Festivals came out really tasty. Thanks

  341. Donneil
    May 30, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Strangely, just last week i had been looking for a festival recipe to go with my fried escoveitch fish i made using the recipe on your website. I never found a recipe i liked so i just used bread, now you have blesses me with this recipe. I still have some of the sauce/pickle left so i will be using this recipe the next time i make fish. I must say, i am a Jamaican and you recipes are superb and so original. Thanks Chris!!!

  342. Wendy
    May 30, 2013 / 10:34 am

    great recipe. Looks easy enough…thanks

  343. Simone
    May 30, 2013 / 10:32 am

    Always appreciate the videos and they are very well made. I am always nervous about frying so specifically for this video it is so very useful to see the process prior to attempting it. Gonna try it this weekend!!!!

  344. Jeremy Thomas
    May 30, 2013 / 10:29 am

    hey Chris the recipe is great, easy to follow steps. At one point I thought you were making fried dumplings or what Antiguans called ‘johnny cakes’. But its looks great and i’m ready to be challenge in making another recipe to show off to my buddies here at school..thanks again

  345. Jennifer
    May 30, 2013 / 10:24 am

    Nice video, very easy to follow. Thanks

  346. r
    May 30, 2013 / 10:23 am


    Enjoyed this video as well as all the others. Easy to follow recipe.

  347. Esther Rabsatt
    May 30, 2013 / 10:16 am

    Love your recipes as always, tried several and my friends and family ate everything….

  348. Donna
    May 30, 2013 / 10:15 am

    Oh my goodness! Haven’t had these in years. Thank you, Chris. Just might put on a few pounds because of you, but that’s okay. My grandmother would say, “Eat, eat, fill you belly!”

  349. Charms Nikki
    May 30, 2013 / 10:15 am

    Your recipes are always clear and easy to follow. I will try these later today with some frizz salt fish. The festivals in Barbados do not look like those. I will report later on how mine come up! Thanks Chris and keep up the good work.

  350. Marco Burger
    May 30, 2013 / 10:13 am

    Thanks Chris what an awesome recipe, I have all the ingredients ready to make these delicious looking dumplings. By the way I love those wipes as they seem extremely handy. Are they available in South Africa ?

  351. Kim
    May 30, 2013 / 10:12 am

    I came across about a year ago while searching for a recipe and have been a fan ever since. Although this is my first time watching one of the videos. I will definitely be watching more! I liked that the video is very straight forward and easy to follow and I never thought of adding vanilla, YUM! Can't wait to try.

  352. Adeline-Ruth Kalloo
    May 30, 2013 / 10:11 am

    Hi Chris, I am so glad to recieve your wonderful recipes, I am from Trinidad in the west Indies, Thanks for sharing with me your delicious dishes. The fry dumplings are new to me so be sure I will try them.

  353. Beta PHunk
    May 30, 2013 / 10:07 am

    After the passing of my nana Jamaican Festivals were no longer at family events your viedo was clear and easy to follow. thanks for teaching me and my daughter a lost tradition .

  354. Sonya
    May 30, 2013 / 10:06 am


    Please enter me to win!!!

    Anywaysss , I love your spirit and simply yet tasty home cooking videos….
    I've learned to up the bar a notch or two…lol

    Please do more fish recipes……Brow stew snapper, king fish….etc…

    Much continue blessings and success…


    [email protected]

  355. Jackie
    May 30, 2013 / 10:02 am

    Very clear and easy to follow. Thank you!

  356. Harmony_Nae
    May 30, 2013 / 10:02 am

    PLEASE ENTER ME: SONYA [email protected] …..#ashe

    The dumplings……………..yummm

    I love your spirit and love of cooking…

    I’ve learned so much from your channel…

    Much continued success…

    Peace & Blessings..


    [email protected]

  357. Natasha
    May 30, 2013 / 9:53 am

    Recipe was clear and easy to follow, which i loved because I'm not a big cook. My festivals came out perfect. My husband loved them. Thanks!

  358. dlall
    May 30, 2013 / 9:48 am

    Hi Chris,
    It's really easy to follow your them.

  359. Kyrebaby
    May 30, 2013 / 9:47 am

    In the UK these are sold in a box that you just have to add water to. I thought they tasted great and then I saw this video and thought why not try and make them for myself. I followed everything down to the last detail and wow they tasted amazing and its so true about the aroma of vanilla you get when they are cooked. Never a boxed festival again in my home…Chris's ( recipe every time!!! Thank-you so much x

  360. Mark1956
    May 30, 2013 / 9:43 am

    Great recipes. Looking for fried Pates, Coconut Tarts, and Vienna Cake.

  361. Karlene
    May 30, 2013 / 9:40 am

    Awesome, thanks so much. Going to these festivals over the weekend. Thanks.

  362. Debra Phillips
    May 30, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Love the recipes. I am going back to my roots.

  363. Pedrhina
    May 30, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Thank you for posting such am informative video I will definitely be using your tip, allowing the dough to rest before rolling it out a frying it.. Can't wait to try this recipe!!!

  364. Barvince
    May 30, 2013 / 9:36 am

    Yet another successful posting Chris. Thank you!!! Will be trying these this weekend. I always tell my colleagues that you break down recipes making them extremely easy to follow. Keep up the good work.

  365. Natty b
    May 30, 2013 / 9:36 am

    I love all ur posts! I share them with my friends. Some if whom have never tried Caribbean cooking. I love ur friendly videos that are always so homely, it's like a lesson with my uncal lol anyway thanks can't wait to try the new dish πŸ˜‰

  366. Farhz
    May 30, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Very easy to follow, i like the step by step process, will try this πŸ™‚

  367. marlene babooram
    May 30, 2013 / 9:31 am

    will be trying this soon,like all ur recipe i'am sure it will be great,i tried ur currents roll and it came out great.Thanks and keep up d great work.

  368. Queen
    May 30, 2013 / 9:31 am

    This video was more than helpful! A Jamaican friend of mine introduced me to those fried dumplings and I instantly fell in love! Now I can make them for myself and my family! I am so excited to start trying my hand at making those!

  369. Gari
    May 30, 2013 / 9:30 am

    Nuff Respec! Now all I need is some fry fish and a beach to sit by. Well done, very detailed! Keep up the good work!

  370. Tammytez
    May 30, 2013 / 9:29 am

    Hi Chris,

    Wow i never thought to add vanilla to the recipe so happy and you got the colour so hellshire festival right looking forward to trying this recipe at the next fish fry

  371. Latoya
    May 30, 2013 / 9:28 am

    Love the video. The directions was easy. Can wait to cook this.

  372. Alan Williams
    May 30, 2013 / 9:27 am

    Caribbean Pot? The recipes here are fantastically remarkable! I've tried nearly all of them them and will keep trying them forever.. luv u billions.

  373. Bibi ishmail
    May 30, 2013 / 9:26 am

    Thanks for this recipe!!!! I love this site..

  374. Lalita Dean
    May 30, 2013 / 9:24 am

    Love It looks so easy when you do it. I will be trying this.

  375. Kenn Brix Sorensen
    May 30, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Like all your videos they a very easy to follow – my favorite of your recipes are the ones that are very HOT and spicy. Your home made Jerk is awesome πŸ˜€

    Keep up the good work Chris – I'm definitely a fan.

  376. Dhanesh Kumar
    May 30, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Thanks Chris, I recently had some festivals with jerk, right here in Trinidad, at the food court in the QP Savannah, and it was great. Now I can make my own thanks to you and Caribbean Pot!

  377. Rhonda Sargeant
    May 30, 2013 / 9:13 am

    RHONDA SARGEANT, Loved the video, never heard of that dish before, looks good, going to try that ..

  378. Tyhessia
    May 30, 2013 / 9:11 am

    I tried the recipe and they came out AWESOME. Thanks Wicked Chef for being a great instructor .The video is very tutorial

  379. D.E.
    May 30, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Festival is really addictive, but that ackee caught my eye. I've cut down on fried foods but am not above allowing myself an occasional treat.
    I'd love that knife set, I'm cooking more than ever now and those fun colors would really add interest to what could otherwise be a somewhat monotonous task of chopping. I promise to be careful with the blades if I win them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  380. Stephen Nagy
    May 30, 2013 / 9:10 am


    I recently found your website after visiting my friends in Georgia. They are from Trinidad. We had roti and other Trini foods. When I told them about your website, they couldn't get off the website, it is so good!
    I love how you explain each step and show each step, both very clearly, on how to prepare and cook everything. Your printed recipes and photographs are the best I have seen. Your videos are excellent in the angles and the steadiness of the camera. Keep up the great work!

    You really should have your own TV show!

    Love you! I have to get your book.

  381. Teasha B
    May 30, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Wonderful video! Festivals are great with a dish or by itself. Chris, thanks for bring back home cooking into our homes with easy recipes. I never run out of ideas and always have the answer to the question "what to cook for dinner tonight?"

  382. christina pearson
    May 30, 2013 / 9:08 am

    I cant wait to make these……i am so excited.

  383. papote2
    May 30, 2013 / 9:06 am

    Love the dumplings. So good and go with mostly everything. I've used the Clorox wipes for years. Great for fast cleanup.

  384. Marsha Grier
    May 30, 2013 / 9:06 am

    My son (7yrs old tall & slim) likes dumplings & mos fried foods. So I’ll be trying this recipie over this long weekend, as it seems simple & fun to make. My son tends to like helping in the kitchen when there is flour involved, which makes your videos really helpful in the process. Thanks Chris!

  385. Jupiter
    May 30, 2013 / 9:05 am

    Love the videos like his others. He make them seem effortless and fun to do with savory results.

  386. Ruben Ramjattan
    May 30, 2013 / 9:01 am

    Love dumplings

  387. Natalia W
    May 30, 2013 / 8:59 am

    I am going to make this with some salt fish….looks good.

  388. Françoise Marceau
    May 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Hi Chris,

    Love your link. I was once in Barbados and had a taste of the Island food. How tasty and ho so good !!!
    That is why I am a great fan of your recipes and your video. I am learning great cooking tricks that are adaptable to our french cooking.
    Thanks again and lon live your website.


  389. satgrant81
    May 30, 2013 / 8:56 am

    I didn't realize these were so easy to make! Def, have to give it a try!

  390. Mags
    May 30, 2013 / 8:53 am

    I'm going to try this one out on Saturday….thanks for the video it will be very useful.

  391. Maceruk
    May 30, 2013 / 8:48 am

    Great video, easy to follow, why the vanilla though? I tend to eat these with savoury foods?

  392. kennedy
    May 30, 2013 / 8:48 am


  393. Michael
    May 30, 2013 / 8:44 am

    Have been enjoying these fir he past five years on my trips to Jamaica. Will definitely try the recipe.

  394. Caroline
    May 30, 2013 / 8:41 am

    It's great now I can attempt to make festivals.

  395. Leela
    May 30, 2013 / 8:41 am

    Great video and recipe! Recipe looks simple and not too time consuming. Can't wait to try it with some salt fish and tomatoes.

  396. Jay
    May 30, 2013 / 8:33 am

    I wanted to try these, so thanks for the video.

  397. Sharmila Abraham
    May 30, 2013 / 8:31 am

    luv this recipe, made this last nite…itz awesome!!!!!……….thanx for the recipe…:->

  398. Herb
    May 30, 2013 / 8:31 am

    Thanks for the insights into West Indian cooking. By what name is Shadow Benny sold in our grocery stores in Mississauga? I really need a name. I have not come across any Shadow Benny at any sores yet , not even at the Chinese display of green veggies. Thanks

    • bsnn
      May 30, 2013 / 9:25 am

      Some other names for Shadow Benny is recao or culantro.

  399. Vidiya
    May 30, 2013 / 8:31 am

    Love the step by step instructions, will try this over the weekend. Love your work and thanks for reminding me of some of the dishes I had as a child growing up and can now pass onto my boys'.

    May 30, 2013 / 8:29 am

    You make it look so easy:) my roomate is from the islands…its show down time!!! Thanks for sharing

  401. 7Marilyn
    May 30, 2013 / 8:28 am

    Thanks for the recipe Chris. I love the name of the dish. Festivals, like a party in your mouth. Caribbean people always come up with the most unique names for food. Love it!!

  402. sharron Harrikissoon
    May 30, 2013 / 8:26 am

    I remember tasting these in Jamaica and I wanted to move there right away I can't wait to try this, your
    recipes are perfect all the time! Thanks for all of the memories you stir up from our childhood days in Trinidad!

  403. dayle storie
    May 30, 2013 / 8:25 am

    mmmm love this recipe cant wait to try

  404. Jennifer
    May 30, 2013 / 8:24 am

    Always enjoyed when my moms used to make. But never made them, now she's gone and i did not have the recipe, a lot of your videos give me the guidelines and insights on making a lot of my mothers and my roots culinary delights. Thanks.

  405. alfa khasanah
    May 30, 2013 / 8:24 am

    I love this,easy to cook

  406. Paula
    May 30, 2013 / 8:22 am

    Can't wait to try these! Thanks for the video!

  407. Nicole F.
    May 30, 2013 / 8:22 am

    wonderful video and I enjoy the cleaning tips!

  408. Merlyn Raymond
    May 30, 2013 / 8:22 am

    Great step by step simply instructions. I am going to give this recipe a try over the weekend. Thanks for all your tutorials.

  409. Graham Critchley
    May 30, 2013 / 8:21 am

    Great video and I am thrilled to have a great Festival recipe. It really smells good when you are making it. I find the step by step instructions very clear to go by.

  410. Dianne
    May 30, 2013 / 8:20 am

    Excellent move to show the use of the wipes, Chris. Great video as usual.

  411. sindy1232
    May 30, 2013 / 8:16 am

    I love the videos and they really help when I am trying to cook something new to me. Thanks a ton for the site and the videos πŸ™‚

    • Gabby
      June 22, 2013 / 1:35 pm

      Looks very delicious!!! I will definitely try this one!!! Thanks Chris!!!

  412. Alan
    May 30, 2013 / 8:15 am

    Very easy to follow directions and looks absolutely tasty
    I don't do a lot of fried foods but these I'm willing to try πŸ˜‰

  413. RJRReid
    May 30, 2013 / 8:15 am

    I like the way you integrated the Clorox ad. It was not over the top and did not get in the way of the video.

    • deborah
      May 30, 2013 / 8:14 pm

      Lolol, that was cool. I thought he was gping to suck up the extra oil. Hehehehe, off of the dumplins that is

  414. Maxx9
    May 30, 2013 / 8:12 am

    I love the video, very precise and easy to follow. I felt as if you were in my kitchen. Now I need to go shopping. You are now my go to guy when I need recipe or an idea. Thanks Chris

  415. tricey85
    May 30, 2013 / 8:12 am

    Love your videos…I love the way you explain things in detail and even a beginner cook like myself can feel like a pro.

    Thanks for all your uploads

  416. Brenda
    May 30, 2013 / 8:11 am

    I liked two things (aside for how awesome the food looks), 1.) Your face! I've been reading your recipes for a while, it was nice to see what you look like! 2.) Good angle. It was very easy to see what you were doing. Keep it up!

  417. Anne Marie Ali
    May 30, 2013 / 8:09 am

    Chris, thanks for this great recipe! I make dumplings but never like this. You are a real boss! I enjoy all your recipes and have tried quite a bit with great success. My friends and family enjoy my cooking and I never fail to tell them about you and your wonderful cooking ideas. So happy to have met you. Keep up the good work!

    Anne Marie

  418. Monica M
    May 30, 2013 / 8:09 am

    I love festivals! How can you resist fried dough? LOL. Great video with easy to follow steps as usual. Thanks Chris!

  419. Dash
    May 30, 2013 / 8:08 am

    Whaw! Festivals with ackee and salt fish is some thing I eat almost every Saturday at a Jamaican themed spot called Iere Bites in sweet T&T. I've always asked for the recipe but they always politely declined, now I know. Thanks!

  420. Jacinta M
    May 30, 2013 / 8:08 am

    love that you make these recipes so easy for everyone to be able to follow ….keep the incredible recipes coming…going to purchase the clorox wipes surely will make my life easier…Thankz chris..

  421. rachael
    May 30, 2013 / 8:05 am

    I loveeeeeeeeeee this vid, you made it look so simple. I also love ur other vid ive tried a lot of them . I love the beef soup. its the best. I always thought fried dumplings were harder to make but follow ur step made them easy.i didn't know tht that's all the dumplings called for very simple not good and mixing flour but your steps with adding the water slowly works great. thanks chris

  422. Abigail
    May 30, 2013 / 8:05 am

    ok so once again I'm hoping to win this. πŸ™‚

  423. Michelle
    May 30, 2013 / 8:04 am

    Ummm Lovely. Will give it a try

  424. Tanya Lynn Dukhie
    May 30, 2013 / 8:02 am

    WOOT WOOT!!! (I'm salivating already!!!) Can't wait to try this recipe! And, I truly hope & pray that I win this good-looking knife set… I'm in dire need of a set that works! THANK YOU, dear, GIFTED Chris, for BLESSING someone with them!

  425. Nikki
    May 30, 2013 / 8:01 am

    Great recipe and tutorial as always Chris, you are on you way up thanks for this I've always wanted to make festivals, another great recipe to add to my favorites from the #1!!! Keep em' coming!!!!

  426. MrsNurse0119
    May 30, 2013 / 8:01 am

    Love this video. I will most definitely try this recipe, I'm sure my husband will love it!

  427. Melinda H.
    May 30, 2013 / 7:57 am

    Your videos are always helpful and I love my caribpot newsletters! Made the Oxtail/Guiness base yesterday for a potluck and it was a hit. I need those KNIVES, Chris. πŸ™‚

  428. Sioux Thibodeau
    May 30, 2013 / 7:57 am

    This is a new recipe for me to try. Love the ease of your recipes, how you talk and cook like a real person would do so and not a hoity chef trying to teach a class. You make things easy and very appealing to cook. Kudos to you! Keep up the great work so that we can keep trying your wonderful recipes…..mmmmmmm.

  429. lynda
    May 30, 2013 / 7:56 am

    I love how you always have each ingredient premeasured and set out neatly….Your recipes are easy to follow and always taste great.!!!

  430. Roseann Calliste
    May 30, 2013 / 7:55 am

    Sweet! This looks like one I will try. A bit close to our fried bake, except for the vanilla, cornmeal and sugar and the shape. However it looks nice and easy to do and I know my children will love it. Those ingredients except for the cornmeal could be part of making donuts? Keep up the good work.

  431. Jenny
    May 30, 2013 / 7:54 am

    Very simple recipe to follow. Makes my mouth water just looking at it. I will be trying it this weekend. Thanks Chris.

  432. Dominique
    May 30, 2013 / 7:53 am

    You have truely made Caribbean cooking simple and easy to do. I loved the video I will have to try this with the oven BBQ chicken recipe.

  433. Natasha
    May 30, 2013 / 7:53 am

    Been wanting to get a recipe for these dumplings for a while.thank you,recipe was simple and easy to follow

  434. sean c
    May 30, 2013 / 7:52 am

    love the video…may have to try these greasy beauties. would also love to showcase those knoves on the kitchen counter. and use them too. thanks chris

  435. Kathleen Rollins
    May 30, 2013 / 7:51 am

    This is going to be tonight's dinner. Video was very easy to understand and by the way I am never without Clorox wipes in my kitchen.

  436. Selina R
    May 30, 2013 / 7:50 am

    Love the video as always. I've never had Jamaican Festivals but a friend recently mentioned how much they loved them, so I want to give this recipe a go. They remind me of Bake! Love the Clorox wipes too — they make clean up so much easier. I like the angle you view from. Makes it easier to view the recipe.

  437. Deborah
    May 30, 2013 / 7:50 am

    Wow I am off to the shop for the ingredient NOW, my mouth is watering, and I have been trying to stay of the meat, so this would make a great difference. Thanks Chris

  438. Sueling
    May 30, 2013 / 7:50 am

    Looks tasty. Your instructions are very clear, step by step. Something new for me to try.

  439. Sheron
    May 30, 2013 / 7:49 am

    I have never tried this before so I am hoping it will turn our great for me. I have a large family, can this recipe be easily double to accomodate my size of family (7 in all)?

  440. LaWanda
    May 30, 2013 / 7:49 am

    We had festival in Jamaica.loved them! I'm going to make them with collard greens instead of cornbread,looks delicious!

  441. Camilita Semper
    May 30, 2013 / 7:48 am

    Goodieeeeeeeee perfect .

  442. Shants
    May 30, 2013 / 7:48 am

    Never seen or heard of these! I love discovering new recipes esp since I'm vegetarian πŸ™‚ it looks delicious!

  443. Natasha
    May 30, 2013 / 7:47 am

    Chris this recipe was simple and easy to follow even the kneading of the flour. I hate to knead flour but i canmake an excepection for this dish. My husband is jamaican so it will a nice suprise to him. Question- What do you do will the oil? Will be trying this and the side dish this weekend!

  444. Nick O
    May 30, 2013 / 7:45 am

    Another great recipe to try with Caribbean cuisine becoming ever more popular. I find your recipes very easy to follow and recreate.

  445. Monti Rugebregt
    May 30, 2013 / 7:45 am

    Can't wait to try this. The knife set looks great too.

  446. Geraldine Williams
    May 30, 2013 / 7:45 am

    Thanks for your video Chris have been trying to make festival for a long time never came out right ,certainly going to try it your way

  447. Nikki
    May 30, 2013 / 7:43 am

    Thanks for the recipe I never even heard of fried dumplings except for Chinese style!!

  448. Kelly
    May 30, 2013 / 7:41 am

    Mmm! It luks lovely,my 7year old son is gunna love rolling them out.

  449. Mz_Vonn
    May 30, 2013 / 7:41 am

    I really enjoyed the step by step explanation of how to make festivals! You make every dish look so easy and fun to make. I look forward to making this recipe at home. Thanks Chris!

  450. winston
    May 30, 2013 / 7:39 am

    I never knew of this recipe before with vanilla as an ingredient. I am dying to try it out. Keep up the good work Chris.

  451. Liz M
    May 30, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Great tutorial, as usual! Can't wait to try myself!

  452. Mervene Scottb
    May 30, 2013 / 7:38 am

    We are the dumpling family any kind any how from cassava to plain with salt god , fish or in soup or broth
    I say bring it on and we will be waiting

  453. steve popen
    May 30, 2013 / 7:38 am

    can't wait to try the recipe!

  454. Annie
    May 30, 2013 / 7:36 am

    Firstly I had no idea what festivals were lol but it look so easy to make and I told all my friend about you and how you made these Festivals.its very easy to make after watching you do it of course ! I'm making it this weekend for my friends.thanks .i enjoy getting your emails and watching your videos.

  455. Michelle
    May 30, 2013 / 7:34 am

    Chris I not only like this video, no, I love all your videos and I find each and everyone very good. I tell all my family and friends who also like to cook about your website. Whenever I cook something that tastes wonderful, my youngest son tells me that must be a recipe from They know me too well.

  456. Hubert
    May 30, 2013 / 7:34 am

    Yes Sir, have to make those festivals this weekend, thought I almost smelt the vanilla Chris…

  457. Ivory Fields Sr
    May 30, 2013 / 7:34 am

    Ivory Fields,Very very good

  458. Amy Armstrong
    May 30, 2013 / 7:32 am

    I like the fact that you don't cook in a large, kitchen with expensive equipment – and you make the same 'mess' as the rest of us; much easier to take first steps with something, like this, which you might think is hard…and then 'hey presto' the real deal! Thanks, Chris.

  459. Jennifer Baron
    May 30, 2013 / 7:31 am

    Instructions are as clear as a whistle. I've tried this before but without the cornmeal. Think I am gonna give it a shot this evening.

  460. Anika
    May 30, 2013 / 7:30 am

    Looks simple and easy. This recipe will satisfy those late night sugar cravings. Thanks!

  461. Glenise
    May 30, 2013 / 7:28 am

    OK. Festival and escovitch showdown tonight with a fresh lime peper sauce. Many thanks!

  462. Renee
    May 30, 2013 / 7:27 am

    I've been curious about festivals for a while now… spouse is Jamaican. Thank you.


  463. Rene
    May 30, 2013 / 7:27 am

    I'm most defiantly going to try making these myself. You made it look so fun and easy to do

  464. JB Sibilly
    May 30, 2013 / 7:26 am

    Great recipe! Always looking for something new and once again you did not disappoint. Thank you.

  465. jamie
    May 30, 2013 / 7:26 am

    love it .. I try it and it came out great.

  466. Cooltropic
    May 30, 2013 / 7:25 am

    That's pretty awesome Chris can't wait to put this one together, thanks!

  467. Tamieka
    May 30, 2013 / 7:24 am

    I love, love, love festivals. I like this take on it. I've never heard of adding vanilla to the recipe and will certainly have to try this the next time I make them.

  468. Tanya
    May 30, 2013 / 7:22 am

    All I need now is some " tea" from trinidad like tanty use to make with some ham and cheese, some buljol

  469. Shelley
    May 30, 2013 / 7:22 am

    Looks delicious. I'm going to try them later today.

  470. Jetta
    May 30, 2013 / 7:19 am

    This is like a twist on sweet bread…and I like that you cut them in strips…Im gonna make them on the 4th of July..thanks..

    • Adana
      June 27, 2013 / 10:45 am

      I really enjoy home cooking………….watching this makes my mouth water………….Tanx a million Chris I'll be trying this one out soon…………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  471. Anita
    May 30, 2013 / 7:18 am

    For sure i will try this receipt. this is how we learn to cook by this teaching. I appreciate all that Chris is doing.

  472. Fay Armstrong
    May 30, 2013 / 7:18 am

    At last…hanks for this…btw: when we cam back from Jamaica I couldn't find a recipe so I thought 'what does this remind me of?' … well it was my Mum's (Guyanese/US) pancakes…so I used the same recipe but just slightly less than half the liquid and was quite please with the nice doughy results that I was able to deep fry.

  473. Lisa
    May 30, 2013 / 7:16 am

    This is one I definately have to try!

  474. Rochelle
    May 30, 2013 / 7:16 am

    Enter me in your contest please!!!!

  475. Nicole Rennie Jones
    May 30, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Grate video, very easy to understand the recipe and instructions. Of course the Clorox wipes very useful lol.

  476. Evelyn
    May 30, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Everything you make is so yummy because you tell us and show us how YOU do it! TY Chris!

  477. Alix Joseph
    May 30, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Hi Chris, I never had fried dumplings with corn meal before, baby I am in my kitchen making some now and it is looking good. Thanks for the video. I can't wait to eat them. thanks again.

  478. Jenny
    May 30, 2013 / 7:13 am

    Never knew what Jamaican festivals were, but thanks to you Chris, I'll be making this before the week is over.

  479. Betty
    May 30, 2013 / 7:11 am

    Love these makes me hungry….Great, clear steps..Thanks Chris…

  480. Trudy H-H
    May 30, 2013 / 7:08 am

    Great informative make it look so easy…I will give these a go later..well done and thanks Chris πŸ™‚

  481. Gloria Baggett
    May 30, 2013 / 7:03 am

    Can't wait to try these. You make the recipes so easy. Thanks chris

  482. Trinibella2006
    May 30, 2013 / 7:03 am

    Wow.. U have done it again.. I was wondering wat to make for breakfast.. Now I know wat.. πŸ™‚ thanks again I can count on u to wip up some ( mouth watering dish).. My on personally chef in my kitchen.. Lol love u keep it up.. My god keep on blessing u..

  483. Fiona Rammbarran
    May 30, 2013 / 7:00 am

    I would have to try this…but with half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour.

  484. Diana
    May 30, 2013 / 6:59 am

    Never had festivals but it looks delicious. Will definitely give it a try. Thank you Chris

  485. Cyndie Kennedy
    May 30, 2013 / 6:58 am

    No more buying premixed festival! I love cooking from scratch so I enjoy the videos where the recipes are all made from the "real thing". Can't wait to try it in my Jamaican kitchen!

  486. Brenda
    May 30, 2013 / 6:58 am

    Yum yum yummy! Great easy to follow video! I think everyone agrees that they are easier to make than previously thought since watching your step by step video.
    I do hope you are getting a kickback from the makers of those Clorox wipes! I didn't know they made them for grease spills and now will be picking some up, thanks to you!

  487. May 30, 2013 / 6:54 am

    The video was EXCELLENT!! ((as always)) I've come across some Caribbean cooking websites, but, your own is the absolute BEST by far!! Your videos are very informative; i love the step by step instructions and you have all the great foods that I remeber watching my Grandmother cook for me as a child. I learned alot from her; unfortunately I didn't get to learn everything (recipes) before she passed away, but thanks to you Chris I am able to share all of the wonderful flavors from the Caribbean with all of my friends and family. Hats off to you my dear; you should have your own TV cooking show……REAL TALK!!

  488. Claire Cox
    May 30, 2013 / 6:53 am

    Great recipe … easy to follow and my boys want to try it out now …. so here goes!!!!

  489. Safiya
    May 30, 2013 / 6:51 am

    You made it look easy. My mom has tried to show me how to make bakes and i haven't tried it. I actually like the shape and method of making the festivals. I think my daughter will find the recipe/video eat to follow as well. That's what i like most about your videos, they are easy to follow and fun of course.

  490. Rex Bieganek
    May 30, 2013 / 6:47 am

    Sounds good to me. I'm very tempted to try it. what about adding nutmeg? 1/4 tsp

  491. Zamina Ali
    May 30, 2013 / 6:44 am

    As always, your recipe video looks delicious and appetizing. You go Chris!

  492. Mari Hernandez
    May 30, 2013 / 6:43 am

    This is definitely a must-try. I know my kids would enjoy!

  493. Sherisse
    May 30, 2013 / 6:41 am

    I am from the Caribbean and i always watch your videos to learn something new. Great as always! Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  494. kathleen
    May 30, 2013 / 6:37 am

    I love festival, and I absolutely love the recipes and easy instructions on your website! Chris, great job!

  495. Thea Lowe
    May 30, 2013 / 6:32 am

    I loved the idea of the vanilla being added; what a great twist to a classic dish. The video is easy to follow and i'm looking forward to making festival as I finally have a recipe that will be amazing and worth trying!
    Also thanks for the idea on the wipes, that beats cleaning with a soapy sponge πŸ™‚

  496. Jocelyn
    May 30, 2013 / 6:30 am


  497. Lynne B
    May 30, 2013 / 6:28 am

    Chris, the video was great. Being new to Caribbean cooking, I find all of your videos easy to follow.
    Thanks for taking the time to share your talents.

  498. Kareem
    May 30, 2013 / 6:27 am

    Awesome recepie, I never had that before so it's going to be something new.

  499. Shaunte'
    May 30, 2013 / 6:25 am

    Wow! Love the video! One thing I learned in this video is that festivals are a lot easier to make than I thought! I'm gonna try this tonight!

  500. May 30, 2013 / 6:23 am

    Like the clear step by step video for us who are culinary challenged.

  501. Danielle
    May 30, 2013 / 6:22 am

    Great video and I am thrilled to have a great Festival recipe. One of our local street vendors makes them, and I love to buy them along with his amazing jerk chicken.

  502. Myrna
    May 30, 2013 / 6:20 am

    Love these dumplins made them many times. Thanks Chris for all your recipes and videos love them all. Myrna

  503. Andrew Riley
    May 30, 2013 / 6:19 am

    Loved the video, your channel and Facebook page have changed the way I eat. More specifically the way I cook. You see Mom guards her secrets and I'm to old to keep showing up on Sunday's for food. That's not true I'll never get too old for Mom's cooking but you have made it possible to have the dishes I remember from little to be served at my table for my family. For real, the Stewed Beef you showed get's made at least once a week. Thanks for everything.

  504. May 30, 2013 / 6:18 am

    Love the videos. Great to see Caribbean cooking taking center stage. Keep doing what you do.

  505. Inez Medina
    May 30, 2013 / 6:18 am

    I love this recipe can't wait to try it with some salt fish and green bananas wish me luck

  506. Sallie Field
    May 30, 2013 / 6:18 am

    They look yummy. I love the video instruction!

  507. Luke slipper
    May 30, 2013 / 6:17 am

    Yes yes can't wait to get home and make these ;)1

  508. Cameal St.Clair
    May 30, 2013 / 6:15 am

    OMG, I am so happy right now. I have been wanting to learn how to make festivals. I LOVE FESTIVALS. Thank you Chris. I swear you are the best. I love the was you break things down.

  509. Ronda Murphy
    May 30, 2013 / 6:11 am


    • dbrdrr
      June 1, 2013 / 6:23 pm

      cool recipe

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