GUYANESE ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA
7TH ANNUAL DUCK CURRY COMPETITION
After the curry is done!!!!
By: Sharmela Sukhdeo-Rambally
Saturday, July 17th 2010 started gloomy, dark, and depressing, with the threat of rain, but that did not stop the Guyanese people from coming out and participating in what has become a very popular annual event! Team after team came out, geared with their seasonings, pot, stove and off course the duck, ready to make history. Slowly they came together, one by one, turning a dull day into a festive and sunny one, with fellow country mates, neighbors, friends and families. Throughout the day, a glorious feeling of pride came over all, not only for their country, but also for their fellow man as many competed in the planned activities and games once played as youths and adults back home. Participants who were born and raised in Guyana, especially from the three main regions (Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara), showed their pride for their home county by competing against others in friendly games of Soft Ball Cricket and Rounders. The men and the Canadian born Guyanese Junior boy’s team played several matches resulting in the Demerara team coming out as victors. The women Essequibo rounders team also came out victorious. As the day progressed, the many flavors of curry and its delicious aroma were very noticeable within the park, resulting in pangs of hunger! Everyone waited eagerly for the main event to take place – the judging of the teams to determine which one would take away the coveted first prize!
As the judging began, all fifteen teams’ members slowly sauntered in with their curry dish with great pride joy and of course dance!! Team after team danced in and served their very best, resulting in 1st prize going to Guyanese Pride captain Sancharie Shivbalak (Pam) with Curry King placing 2nd, captain by Vishnu Narine Cosmos Lancers bringing 3rd place captain Pammy Persaud and Three Rivers 4th place captain by Chaterpaul Bhowanie, Consolation prizes were also given out for aroma, consistency, Taste, presentation and best dressed team.
Throughout the day, the planned events were successfully executed. Guyanese as far as New Jersey, Florida, British Columbia and Holland was among the over 400 in attendance. A job well done by all!
As a born Guyanese, fellow Pegger, and Canadian, a sense of belonging and pride came over me seeing everyone come together for another successful event.
As a Board member and also as a fellow Guyanese/Canadian, I felt honored to be apart of this event and I am already looking forward to next year. Kudos to all!!!