Bob Marley and New Zealand have always had a close relationship and this continues with the arrival in Wellington of Jamaican catering company Three Little Birds, named after a song on Bob Marley’s album Exodus.
Jerked pork and chicken, Ackee bruschetta, Solomon Gundy Cream Cheese Dip and Bob Marley all featured in the official launch of Three Little Birds thanks to the 100% Jamaican owners Simon and Lisa Bowen.
Amongst the crowd celebrating on the night was Wellington’s entire Jamaican community (so I was told) and the Mayor of Porirua, Nick Leggett.
Jamaican products on show were brought to the venue by the team at West Indies Spice Traders.
One of my favourite tastes on the night (along with the jerked pork) was the crackers topped with the Solomon Gundy Cream Cheese dip. Although they were modest in presentation the fishy flavours of the smoked herring were beautifully balanced with the heat from hot peppers.
You can look out for their delicious food at festivals around Wellington this summer and the word is Simon and Lisa are very keen to set up a restaurant in Wellington. Jerk, Rum and Reggae - let the party begin.