Competition winner celebrates Ja independence

Tiffany Griffiths has even more to celebrate this Jamaica Independence Day as winner of Cayman Free Press and Jacques Scott’s Jamaica Independence Competition.  

Ms Griffiths received a prize consisting of a selection of Appleton rums including Appleton V/X, Appleton Reserve, Appleton 12 Year and Appleton Master Blender’s Legacy, a basket of Grace Foods goodies as well as a pair of tickets to the Jamaica Golden Jubilee Gala Dinner and Ball, held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Friday, 27 July. 

According to Banny Stephenson, the organiser of the official Jamaica Independence celebration in Cayman, he was very happy to be involved in the competition. 

“This is the big one, we have many events this year, and part of the draw was two tickets to the gala dinner and ball. There is a big street celebration on 3 August, and there is also a fun day on 4 August,” he said. 

The prize presentation was also attended by Joy Spence, master blender at Appleton Eastate. 

“The 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence is a very important milestone not just for Jamaica but for Appleton. We have been making rum since 1749 and for each stage of our history we have created a special blend, from the first year of independence Appleton created a special blend, then we did one for the 25th anniversary and now we’ve done one for the 50th anniversary. We have brought the spirit of Jamaica to Cayman to celebrate this event,” she said. 

According to Findlay Wilson of Jacques Scott, it was fortuitous that Ms Spence could be in attendance. 

“The competition came at the same time that we were launching the Appleton Estate 50 year old Jamaica Independence Reserve, so it is an honour to have Joy here. We were happy to support the ties between Cayman and Jamaica,” he said. 

The competition was marketed in the Caymanian Compass, The Observer on Sunday and What’s Hot magazine, with entries taking place online through cayCompass.com where participants had to answer three questions about Jamaica in order to be in the running for the prize. 

According to Ms Griffiths, she learned of the competition in the Caymanian Compass. 

“I always check the competition section of cayCompass.com. I saw the competition so I figured I would just enter. I did not think that I would win, but I guess I did, so that worked out well,” she said, laughing. 

Ms Griffiths said that she would definitely be savouring the Appleton Rum and basket of goodies from Grace Foods. 

Ja competition winner

Competition winner Tiffany Griffiths, centre, is presented with her prize by, from left, Findlay Wilson of Jacques Scott, Joy Spence of Appleton Estate, organiser of the Jamaica Independence celebrations in Cayman Banny Stephenson and Holly Uzzell of Cayman Free Press. – Photo: Eugene Bonthuys