Scotland for Haiti 2 Glasgow Event

Event Date : Sunday 27th November

Location : Sugar Dumplin in Glasgow

Event Description : 

Come and celebrate 50 years of Barbados Independence with us in our second fundraiser for Haiti, this time at Sugar Dumplin restaurant in Glasgow. Enjoy a welcome cocktail courtesy of Clayton’s Kola Tonic and Caribbean buffet from Sugar Dumplin. 

Talk from historian and genealogist Selena Carty from Black Poppy Rose for stories of the contribution of Caribbean servicemen and women to Britain in times of war. 

Poetry from Lesley Traynor of Women Poets with Fierce Words

LIVE music from Afrobeats singer Levis Albano and Afro-Jazz fusion duet Ladies of Midnight Blue

Party on with DJ Marshal Telisman, the king of Glasgow party nights, for the best selections of soca, dancehall and reggae…

Enter our raffle to win great prizes and buy something from the special menu for a chance to win a week’s stay for two at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, Barbados. 

All profits from tickets and raffle going to support community organisations in Haiti.

Tonight I attended the charity fundraiser Scotland for Haiti 2, this was being held at the Glasgow Caribbean restaurant Sugar Dumplin. On arriving we were welcomed to Sugar Dumplin and given a welcome cocktail. The cocktail is called a Jamestone 2 Tonic and was courtesy of Clayton’s Kola Tonic, this is how its made :

  • 1 part rum
  • 1 part Kola Tonic
  • 1 part Falernum
  • Soda and lime

This is a very nice cocktail and I will be ordering this again.

Once I got my welcome drink I looked for a table, I wanted something near where the performances were so I could try and get some good photos and videos and to get a good view.

The DJ for the night was already setting up and started playing some tunes, while we waited for everyone else to turn up. I really liked the tunes he played and was happy that it wasn’t loud that you needed to shout over it.

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Everyone was ready and it was time for the event to offically start.

Edinburgh Caribbean Association Twitter : twitter.com/edincarib

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A Lisa Williams from The Edinburgh Caribbean Association got up and welcomed us to the event, and what we were to expect from the evening. Lisa’s welcome speaks started with its now 50 years that Barbados has been independent, and how this event and others are continuing to support Haiti and a brief talk about Haiti.

Lisa then introduced us to the first guest speaker Selena Carty.

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Selena Carty Twitter : twitter.com/SelenaCarty

Black Poppy Roses Website : www.blackpoppyrose.org

Before tonight I didn’t know any of the names that were going to be speaking or performing.

Selena Carty is a Historian and founder from Black Poppy Rose on British West Indies Regiment in WW1.

WHY A BLACKPOPPYROSE?
TO REMEMBER THE LEGACIES THAT BEFALL EACH AND EVERYONE OF US.
THE BLACKPOPPYROSE IS A SYMBOL TO NOT ONLY HIGHLIGHT BUT HONOUR AND REMEMBER THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO VARIOUS WARS SINCE THE 16TH CENTURY BY THE AFRICAN/BLACK/CARIBBEAN/PACIFIC ISLANDERS COMMUNITIES.

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What Selena was telling us was very emotional, powerful and very educational. If you ever get a chance to see her and to listen to her do take the time.

Next was some touching and funny poetry from Lesley Traynor, from Woman Poets with Fierce words.

Twitter : twitter.com/LATraynor

Lesley told us a little about herself and let us hear a few poems, one was even about a family member and one which was my favourite from the night was called “Big Bad WolF”.

I am not really into poetry but I did enjoy listening to Lesley, and by going to this event I got to try something I wouldn’t normally have gone to see.

Now its was time to get some food from the buffet, I just took a small sample of everything. I have to say I have been to Sugar Dumplin before but whatever glaze they used tonight on the chicken wings wow it was amazing!!!

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The next act to go up was Chief Kofi Amu Master Drummer who was from Ghana, and he was also going to do poetry for us.

This type of poetry again was new to me, and different to Lesley’s. Chief Kofi was very entertaining, and even got some audience participation with everyone going “mmmmm” a lot….you had to be there.

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The next act was my favourite part of the event, it was very entertaining and great to listen to. The act that ended the night were called Ladies of Midnight Blue. Ladies of Midnight Blue are an Afro-Jazz Fusion brass/drums and vocals act.

Twitter : twitter.com/LadiesofMBlue

Ladies of Midnight Blue’s performance was entertaining, amazing to watch and listen to but also since they are so energetic on the drums you feel tired just watching them. For me I would love to see them perform again, so I will be keeping an eye out for when they are back in Glasgow.

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Near the close of the night there was a charity raffle, where you could win goodie bags with random items e.g Jam, sugar etc all from Barbados. I was lucky to win a bag, which contained several booklets on Barbados and also some “Hot Hot” sauce which I will use at some point.

Overall I had a really good night, it was educational and entertaining. I learned about black history, different styles of poetry and got to experience Afro-Jazz for the first time. Everyone around me also really enjoyed the night, as there were lots of smiles, laughs and dancing.

Barbados Island Promo Event & Interview with Chef Henderson

The event was looking to promote links with Scotland and Barbados one of which are sport exchanges and will be hosting an event to network with interested sport disciplines through out Scotland as we will be looking into implementing direct flights with Remac Tours from Scotland to Barbados next year.

Remac Tours is a Barbadian Tour Company that is delighted to announce the development of a sports and leisure direct service launch. This launch highlights tours to Barbados for sports exchanges with Scotland via Inspire Sports in disciplines such as Netball, Rugby, Football, Cycling, Marathons, Cricket and Hockey.

The event was held on Tuesday 1st of November in a Glasgow Caribbean restaurant called Sugar Dumpling.

On arrival we were given a free drink, and welcomed to the event. It was good to see that there was a good turn out, and I knew a few faces from other events and clubs I go to…..plus a rather furry bear was in the room.

Once everyone arrived the event started.

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Jed McCabe was first to get up and speak, and he introduced us to the large bear. The bear is known as Babakoochi, and was created by St Mirren legend Tony Fitzpatrick.

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The bears name has a special background, Tony has written many stories in memory of his young son Tony who tragically passed away in 1983 (age 6) with acute myeloid leukaemia — His nickname was “Babakoochi Bear”.

I got the chance to have a look at this book, and I have to say its very colourful and from the quick flick through there seemed to be a lot of story detail and also a few cool looking characters which I am sure will keep any young readers attention.

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The next part of Jed’s talk was all about the island, and how sports is a major part of Barbados. There are many sports on the island, and most of them are enjoyed by adults, families and also children. The sports included football to the very popular golf which I have to admit did look like a great course even though I am not a golf fan.

Jed then went on to give more details about the island, the population, size etc and it is even Rihanna’s homeland.

Jed then ended his talk on what the plan is to get Barbados and Scotland working together and making it easy for people to go and visit for sports or leisure or both.

They are aiming to have it all up and running for November 2017, you will have the option of a 6 or 13 night holiday plus optional excursions. I must state that you don’t need to book this for the sports, it will be open to just a nice holiday option.

The flight time is around 8 hours, and you will have the standard options for the hotel all inclusive / self catering / half board and bed and breakfast.

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The next speaker was Reynold McClean who is the managing director of Remac Tours. Reynold summed up the evening and thanked everyone who turned up. Reynold then introduced the chef who was behind the scenes making us nibbles throughout the night, that were full of taste and very very moreish.

The name of the chef is Chef Henderson Butcher, he was flown all the way in from Barbados to make us the food for the night and so we could taste true authentic Bajan cuisine.

One of Barbados’ most accomplished chefs and a veteran international ambassador for Bajan cuisine,Henderson Butcher is very enthusiastic about elevating Caribbean cuisine in the international culinary arena. He describes his cuisine style as “rustic elegance”, and uses an infusion of culinary styles to create contemporary Caribbean dishes that benefit from the influences of both his introduction to home‐style cooking from his mother and grandmother as well as his formal culinary training.

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Chef Butcher is the Executive Chef at the Pure ocean Beachside Dining Restaurant at Divi Southwinds hotel, the newest restaurant of its kind in the St Lawrence Gap, Barbados. Here he serves some of the most creative twist on local foods, with property‐grown fresh herbs used at the restaurant it brings about the freshness and Caribbean flavours for which he is known.

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I was very lucky to get some time to talk to Chef Henderson, and I was also lucky to be able to have a quick interview.

  • What made you to become a chef?

“In 1987 my mom died, she had her own cook shop in beidgetown, I had always liked what she use to do with food and I wanted to do the same and take it to the best level I could, so here I am these years later as a chef, just started out wanting to build on what my mother did.”

  • Since you’ve been over in Scotland, have you tried Haggis?

“I have not yet tried haggis but I will before I go.”

** Update : Chef Henderson tried it and said “tastes great”

  • What other type of cooking do you do apart from Caribbean?

“The foods I love to cook are from all over the world but what I do is add a Barbados or Caribbean twist on what ever I do, like our cou cou I have looked at polenta and decided I want to make our cou cou be high quality so now I do savoury white chocolate cou cou.”

  • What is your favourite dish to make, and the reason it’s your favourite.

“I love to do our sour and sweet potato pudding, the flavours are so intense and puts a smile on the face of the person eating. Love that soul food.”

  • If you could work with a celebrity chef, who would it be and why?

“The celebrity chef I would love to.work with is Marcus Samuelsson he is deep in his roots with cooking and I respect and love that in a chef”

  • What advice would you give to anyone wanting to become a chef?

“To anyone wanting to become a chef, first decide if you want to be a chef or just a cook, when they have decided that then be committed to training and working very hard, I normally ask young cooks and chefs to take pride in my craft, this art form is not to be seen as a game or just a job, treat it well ,it’s the love of my life.”

After Chef Henderson said a few works we all just mingled and talked to each other, and as a thanks we all got a goodie bag. The contents of the bag are promo booklets and leaflets about the island and events.

Overall I enjoyed the event as I learned a few things about Barbados that I never knew, plus it got me interested in maybe going next year…if the cost is good for me.

Any questions feel free to ask.