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Halal Food Fest a fusion of flavours
Vendors combine different flavours for a unique, only-in-Canada multicultural mash-up [Rosemarie Johnson of Rose's Kitchen finishes a jerk chicken take away box at the Halal Food festival at the International Centre in Mississauga.]
Rosemarie Johnson of Rose's Kitchen finishes a jerk chicken take away box at the Halal Food festival at the International Centre in Mississauga. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR) |
By MAY WARRENStaff Reporter
Sun., May 22, 2016
When Scarborough’s Shawn Johnson converted to Islam about seven years ago, there was one thing he really missed: Jamaican jerk chicken.
“Being a Muslim you have to eat halal and what I find is that there’s no halal Jamaican food really,” he said.
But with some help from his mom Rosemarie, he decided to “fill a niche” himself.
“It’s catching on you know?” said Rosemarie, who came to Canada from Jamaica in 1975 and has been “cooking ever since.”
“We decided, might as well do a business out of it and let everybody get a taste of my cooking,” she added, standing beside drum barbecue and a tent full of family members, busy serving up steaming plates of chicken and corn on the cob.
Rose’s Kitchen made its debut at the fourth annual Halal Food Fest.
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