Cooking Tips

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How to Make Aunt May’s Festival

Enjoy the same great taste Aunt May serves up at Hellshire Beach, right in your own kitchen with Aunt May’s Original Hellshire Festival Mix. It’s simple to make, just 3 easy steps:

Step 1

Add Water and knead to a soft consistency, then let the dough sit for 20 mins.

Step 2

On a flour coated surface, hand roll into small oval shaped pieces, then flatten a bit.

Step 3

Fry until golden brown.

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Serve Aunt May’s Festival warm.

Enjoy as a: 

  • Side Dish paired with various Jamaican dishes such as fish, lobster, jerk chicken.
  • Perfect appetizer, alone or with your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Scrumptious dessert topped with whip cream.

Aunt May’s 4 Tips for Making Great Festivals

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” 40 years of experience has led to perfection and Aunt May is sharing her secrets with you.

Tip #1 Mixing the Dough

When mixing the dough, add the water a little at a time as you whisk everything around, vs dumping it all in all at once. This will help to get that soft consistency that leads to a light fluffy Festival.

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Tip #2 Forming the Dough

You can add a bit more water, if you find that the dough is too tight. The idea is to work it for 5-7 minutes, until you have a well formed dough ball that’s medium firm and slightly sticky.

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Tip #3 Letting It Rest

Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a towel and allow to rest for about 20 mins to 1/2 hr before separating into individual Festivals. This lets it set.

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Tip #4 Shaping the Rolls

Forming each festival, dust your work surface with flour and divide the dough into equal pieces. Put some flour on your hands. Then using your hands roll each piece into a cigar shape. Try to make them about 3-4 inches long and not overly thick. They will increase in size as they fry.

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