Festivals (Jamaican Fry Bread)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 4 mins

These are generally served with jerk chicken or pork. The dough can also be braided. From the Barbecue Bible.


  1. Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in butter until mixture feels crumbly, like sand. You can also mix the ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Add just enough evaporated milk to make a stiff but pliable dough. Stir just enough to mix.
  4. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll them between your palms to make long, thin ropes, about 10 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. There should be about 24.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. When oil has reached 350°, gently lower the festivals into the oil. Fry, turning with a slotted spoon, until golden brown on both sides, 2-4 minutes.
  7. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
Most Helpful

I was looking for a festival recipe and here it is under 'fry bread'. I use a little more proportion of corn meal to the flour, and I make them a little shorter and a little thicker, but everything else is the same. Yumm!

Rainbow - Chef 536866 February 05, 2010