Trelawny Yam Festival 2009 returned with a bang after a one year break. The Theme of the 2009 festival was “One parish one family one festival” and was staged over two days on Easter Saturday April 11th and Easter Monday April 13th. The Easter Saturday event was staged on the grounds of the Troy High School in south Trelawny starting at 9.00 am. The Easter Monday staging was at Hague Agricultural Show Grounds in north Trelawny starting at 9.00 am.
Easter Saturday April 11th
On the grounds of the Troy High School the festival events included the Yam Farmers Field Celebration, the Song Poetry and Dance Contest and the Yam King and Queen Pageant. Yam farmers assembled on the grounds to celebrate the crop that brings prosperity to the communities of south Trelawny. The celebrations highlighted a range of fun events depicting the culture and traditions of yam-farming interspersed with lots of food and refreshments. The Song Poetry and Dance contest featured artistic performances created by schools, individuals and groups and on a theme that highlighted yam and its cultural traditions. Then an outstanding young male and female contestant meeting the criteria set for being an ambassador for yam country was judged and crowned Yam Festival King & Queen 2009.
Easter Monday April 13th
On Easter Monday the grand Trelawny Yam Festival was staged on the Hague Agricultural Show Grounds starting at 9.00 am. The day featured the Yam Culinary Competition. This showcased professional chefs from hotels and resort, individual and groups developing an array of cuisine from yam in various categories to be adjudged “Top Chef”. The “Roots Village” highlighted Rastafarian delicacies from yam and the holistic culture & lifestyle of roots communities. The Cultural Concert boasted the best performing cultural groups from across the country in an all day stage performance. Then the Best Dressed Donkey Parade was led by a popular marching band and patron applause determined the winner. Food Vendors were on hand with an array of yam delicacies for patrons' delight. The Yam Market offered a wide variety of yams for patrons to tease their palates at home. In addition there were fun contests, a Kids Play area, special feature areas and musical entertainment for the entire family all day.