Second Annual Jamaican Market on August 6th from 11 AM - 4 PM - Larkin Square

Second Annual Jamaican Market on August 6th from 11 AM – 4 PM


Chef Darian Bryan and his family invite the Buffalo community to join them in celebrating their Jamaican culture with food, live performances, local vendors, contests, educational activities and more. In the coming weeks leading up to the market, Chef Darian will also be partnering with Lewis Handyman Services to host the Jamaican Market Back to School Drive, collecting school supplies for school children in his childhood Jamaican village.

Attendees will enjoy live performances including both the American and Jamaican National Anthems, dancing, a drum circle, and live music. There will be food and goods sold by local vendors, and a contest for the “Best of the Jamaican Market.”

“Last year, my team and I were proud to bring Buffalo’s first ever Jamaican market to the heart of the historic Larkinville neighborhood,” said Darian Bryan, The Plating Society Executive Chef. “This year, we’re back with an even bigger cultural celebration. I’m proud of my roots, and it means a lot to me to share my Jamaican heritage with the City of Buffalo, which has become my home away from home. Thank you to my family, the Plating Society team, our sponsors, vendors, community partners, and supporters. This is just the beginning. Let’s gooo!”

Below is the schedule for the 2022 market:

●  11-11:30 AM: Opening Ceremony

●  11:30 AM – 12 PM: Dancing

●  11:30 AM – 3 PM: Jamaican Culture Tent Opens

● 12 PM – 1 PM: Drum Circle

● 1PM-3PM: LiveMusic

● 3 – 3:30 PM: Closing Ceremony, Contest Winner Announcement

The Jamaican Culture Tent will highlight Jamaican history in its relation to the United States of America and the world. The goal is to educate the Buffalo community about Jamaican culture in a fun, interactive and creative way. The culture tent will feature games, arts, music and displays to educate participants about Jamaica’s history and how its people have made and are making a positive difference around the world.

The Jamaican Culture Tent will include Jamaican history, ring games, dance, bracelet making, hair beads, nail painting and coloring books.

Now through August 6th, The Plating Society is partnering with Lewis Handyman Services to host a “Back to School Drive” for children in Chef Darian’s childhood neighborhood in Jamaica. They will accept new school supplies, including: notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, backpacks, calculators, erasers, folders, binders and more.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  1. Sweet Pea Bakery
    • –  Address: 1 Buffalo St, Hamburg, NY 14075
    • –  Collection Times: Tuesday – Friday: 7 AM – 4 PM ET / Saturday: 8 AM – 2 PM ET
  2. Lago 210
    • –  Address: 4038 Hoover Rd. Hamburg, NY 14219
    • –  Collection Times: Tuesday – Friday: 7 AM – 4 PM ET / Saturday: 8 AM – 2 PM ET
  3. The Filling Station
    • –  Address: 719 Seneca street Buffalo NY 14210
    • –  Collection Times: Wednesday’s 11 AM – 7 PM ET

    4. Nikki’s Chocolates WNY LLC

    • –  Address: 27 Chandler St, Suite 205, Buffalo NY
    • –  Collection Times: Wednesday – Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM ETIf you are unable to donate school supplies in person, please consider donating monetarily to the Jamaican Market Back to School Drive here: Both the Plating Society and Lewis Handyman Services thank all who donate.Chef Darian’s 2nd Annual Jamaican Market is Chaired by Chef Darian’s sister, Sherece Lewis, in collaboration with Ranique Lewis, Assistant Chair.