Sweet Jamaican Festival Dumpling

Sweet Jamaican Festival Dumpling

In this post I am sharing the famous Jamaican festival dumpling recipe. This comfort food is liked by many because of its sweet flavour. Jamaican festival dumpling is mainly eat with fried fish, but also goes well with jerk chicken if you rather. Well, it goes with anything you like really. Similar to fired dumpling, you will love this recipe. 

The festival dumpling is a type of street you will find served at almost all Jamaican celebration. Because of its flavour and texture festival dumpling is usually serve with escovitch fish.

Like many of our traditional cuisine, the recipe often vary according to regions. Some Jamaicans will add eggs and other spices, but only change the texture and flavour just slightly. The amount of cornmeal often varied as well, since the cornmeal determine how hard the texture of festival is. If you want a more lighter and softer dumpling, reduce the amount of cornmeal used.

One of Jamaicans favourite dumplings and after you try this recipe it will also be one of your favourite.

jamaican festival dumpling

Sweet Jamaican Festival Dumpling

Khaydean Powell
Liked by many because of its sweet flavour, Jamaican festival dumpling is mainly eat with fried escovitch fish, but also goes jerk chicken. Easy to make and taste very
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Cup Cooking oil
  • Water


  • Add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl and mix together the dry ingredients.
  • When they are all evenly combined add the vanilla and start adding the water little by little and knead until if form a soft dough.
  • Add the oil to a deep frying pan and heat on high.
  • When the oil is hot, divide the dough into 8 portions.
  • One at a time, roll each portion to form long dumplings and place them in the oil.
  • Reduce heat to prevent the dumpling burning. Turn dumplings until all sides are golden brown.


Jamaican festival dumpling are really nice and you’ll love the sweetness and texted of fluffy interior  and the crunchy exterior. 
After trying this recipe, you are going to want to try our fired dumpling recipe.
Keyword Jamaican Festival Dumpling





Khaydean Powell

My name is Khaydean and I am the founder of Jamaican foods and recipes. I am a food enthusiast and I am here sharing with you my love for food. Born Jamaican living in the UK and wants the world to learn about Jamaica's culinary culture.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. LaQuane

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved this recipe, reminded me so much of my days spent eating fish and festival at Merl’s in Ochi at White River! My sons enjoyed it as well. Thanks for posting.

    1. Khaydean Powell

      Hey LaQuane, you are very welcome. I am please you like it and like Jamaican as well. Many thanks for checking out the website

  2. tony bowen

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. You have missed out 1 important thing, The time it should take to cook. Its my first try and before tasting, they look as I expected. I must have added too much water as the dough was soggy and I had to add more flour. Now the proof of the pudding.
    Its different but tasty

    1. Khaydean Powell

      Hey tony,

      The dough shouldn’t be soggy, that ‘s for when you are making fritter and I hope you try our fritters recipes too.

      Once the oil is hot drop the dough in then turn the heat down to slow to medium. Fry the festivals until all sides are golden brown, by that time the dough should be cooked.

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