It’s Cup Match time in Bermuda and while the fever has taken a hold of the island, we can’t forget about the prelude to Cup Match…Eastern County Cricket - conventionally known simply as ‘County Game’. As much as Bermuda's favourite two day holiday (Cup Match) is steeped with annual rituals by the frenzied fans, this tournament played between the four eastern counties, carries a rich set of traditions that run almost as deep.
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Temporary kitchens are creating these traditional delights all through the day and the whispers and murmurs of ‘who-has-the-best-X’ spread like wildfire through the crowd.
The food is such a big part of the day that it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility to come across people who have no idea about what the score is or who is at bat…but they can definitely tell you where the best conch stew is and how much they’re selling it for.
There must something about the combination of the atmosphere of the seaside setting, the friends encountered at the game (who readily greet you with “want a piece of fish?”…”need something cold?”), and just the energy period, that makes the food taste that much better. Seriously…this just doesn’t seem like any-old take out. There's something really special about it.
Essentially it’s something you need to experience for yourself. There are three Eastern County games each summer to name a champion out of the four teams. The first was held two weeks before Cup Match (July 18th) then the two subsequent fortnights after Cup Match at the St. David’s Cricket Club field (this year, August 15th and Aug 29th).
And for the record, those games will be for sampling the rest of the menu items we didn’t get through on the first round.
Did you make it to the game? And if you did, what did you eat? What are some of your favourite Summer ‘event’ foods? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.