It’s a picnic, Guyanese Style

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the 11th Annual Guyana Family Fun Day and Picnic at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington. Every year, a group of Guyanese families and friends living in the Northwest US and Vancouver Canada, come together for a day of good food, great music, dancing and games for kids and adults alike.

All foods are home made by men and women living in Washington State. A vegetarian friendly family of dishes was also available. It is truly a team effort fueled by the selflessness of many families working round the clock for days on end.

Here are some of the fruits of their labors:



Channa – almost gone!

Macaroni and Cheese

Dhol Puri

Manual ice cream maker

Electrical Ice Cream Maker

There were several other dishes that I didn’t have time to photograph. By the time I got around to it, 200 hungry tummies had already devoured pine tarts, coconut buns, cook up rice, all manner of curries, sorrel drink and mauby.

One highly anticipated dish every year is the home made ice cream made right at the park and enjoyed after all of the games are completed. We have made home made ice cream by hand before but this experience is unique since real life ice cream makers were brought out : both manual and electric.

It was interesting that the manual ice cream maker finished long before the electric ones.

If any of you readers are in the US Washington State area and would like to be notified about Guyanese events put on by the Guyana Heritage Foundation, please email gfgseattle at gmail dot com and ask to be added to our mailing list.

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