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Charter Boat Crew Goes to a Grenada Oildown

July 20, 2010

Mike and Bev, the charter boat crew, attended a Grenada Oildown recently together with a whole party of sailors.

The bus collected us at 2.00 p.m. and took us up into the southern hills of the island, high above the sea. The views were spectacular. As we met and talked with the local people they showed us their steeply terraced gardens with great pride. At this time of year (the rainy season), the trees are heavy with ripening fruits – avocados, grapefruit, mangoes, French cashews, star-fruit (locally known as five-fingers) and, of course, bananas.

In the Caribbean the men like to cook and as the Grenada Carnival approaches the traditional feast called Oildown is very popular.

Last Saturday, in the garden of the rum shop next door to Mr. Cutty’s house, an enormous cast-iron pot was packed with meat, fish, dumplings and an abundance of vegetables and cooked in the open on a wood fire.  The pot fed fifty people, including charter boat guests who were intrigued and many of the local community who each had a tip or two for the cook. All the participants were encouraged to get involved with the preparation of the food, peeling and chopping the vegetables, grating a mound of coconut and a large helping of turmeric.

For cruisers like us it makes a refreshing change to journey inland and get a different perspective on the island. Excursions like this add considerably to the interest and enjoyment of a charter boat holiday. Even though it is the rainy season, it doesn’t rain every day, temperatures are still high and the occasional rain shower can be a cooling blessing – one soon dries off!

As the cooking progressed, we were invited to taste test for seasoning with hot pepper sauce (a Caribbean must in cooking, with extra heat added from the bottle at the table) and salt. Cooking took a couple of hours after which the starving horde, including the charter boat crew, was mightily satisfied by the tasty feast.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    July 20, 2010 17:15


    An interesting article on a side of Caribean life that most tourist never get to see i guess.


  2. Miriam Marcus permalink
    August 1, 2010 18:28

    I think this is a really good idea Bev. A really interesting read and maybe the beginning of a type of blog or diary of your life and times sailing and living in Grenada?!


  3. Liza permalink
    January 15, 2011 13:14

    mmm.. you’re making my mouth water! It sounds like a must for any visitor 🙂

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