NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY
National Jamaican Patty Day is observed annually on the first Saturday in August. A Jamaican patty is defined as a “turnover style pastry” which can have a variety of fillings such as seasoned ground beef, chicken, seafood or vegetables. The crust is ideally flaky in texture, half-moon in shape, and the fillings are usually spicy, but milder varieties are available for the faint of heart. It is said that the Jamaican Patty as we know it today, was born from the English Cornish Pastry, a similar concoction that came to Jamaica during the colonial days. It also bears a resemblance to the Spanish empanada.
The patty has become a staple among Jamaicans, acting as a quick “grab-n-go” or “meal-on-the-run” type of snack. A typical person eats a patty or two for lunch while in school or at work. It serves well as a hot & nutritious snack and when paired with a coco-bread it becomes a belly-filling & satisfying meal in itself.
GOLDEN KRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY & GRILL HISTORY
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill is the brainchild of Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne, also the founders of Hawthorne & Son’s Bakery in St. Andrew, Jamaica and parents of the present owners.
In 1989, Lowell, President and CEO, along with his wife Lorna, four of his siblings and their spouses, pooled all their resources to open the first Golden Krust retail location on East Gun Hill Road in Bronx, NY. By 1996 they owned 17 Restaurants throughout New York City. The business became so successful the Hawthorne’s felt encouraged to create franchises, and they seized the opportunity to do just that.
In that same year, Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. granted a franchise license. The pivotal year of 1996 signified Golden Krust’s relocation to its plant in the South Bronx, eventually purchasing the entire block from 172nd Street to Claremont Parkway on Park Avenue.
Today, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill operates a chain of over 100 Restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Massachusetts.
To satisfy all tastes, at Golden Krust we offer a variety of fillings which include Spicy Beef, Mild Beef, Cheezee Beef, Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Shrimp, Vegetable, Spinach and Soya. Try them all and let us know your favorite!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Attend one of many events planned today. Participate in the Power of the Patty Sweepstakes to win a free flight to the Caribbean. All 120 Golden Krust stores will feature 99 cent patties from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good luck and enjoy the National Jamaican Patty Day festivities. Share the fun and post pics on social media using #GKNJPD. Enjoy the flavor, try a new flavor or two and Celebrate the Power of the Patty.
National Jamaican Patty Day was submitted by Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery in May of 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Jamaican Patty Day to be observed annually on the first Saturday in August. The month of August is significant to Golden Krust for a myriad of reasons. Golden Krust first opened it’s doors for business in August of 1989. Jamaica celebrates both Emancipation and Independence holidays in the month of August. Most importantly, Mavis Ephraim, the matriarch of the Hawthorne family was born in the month of August.
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