The Street Vendor of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock-

Street vendor - Georgetown 1934

Street vendor – Georgetown 1934

The Street Vendor of Guyana

By Dmitri Allicock

“The “Peanut man” grew his own peanuts downriver from Linden and carried his roasted peanuts in large burlap bags which were quickly sold out. Great conversation and enjoyable peanuts in a paper bag of lasting memories.”

Maze of crowded passageways between crude stalls, hawkers standing in the streets, goods laid out on the sidewalk, is a common sight of downtown Georgetown that extends all over the country. Here Guyanese Creole in all its uninhibited fluency is tossed back and forth between seller and potential customers as all prices are negotiable. Any item that can be carried in a bag is on sale here in the pure spirit entrepreneurship.   

Street vending is found around the globe and dates back into deep history. Small fried fish were a street food in ancient Greece. Evidence of a large number of street food vendors were discovered during the excavation of Pompeii. This tradition is still a major part of the cultural life of Guyana and is conducted wherever the populace gathers.

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Coconut Water from a Street Vendor

Visited a stand in the market at Parika, Guyana as we awaited our speedboat taxi. Fresh coconut water! Very refreshing! April 3, 2012 – Solomon Meyer.

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  • de castro compton  On November 21, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Wonderful/inspirational view/read. You are a visionary my friend.
    A Brazilian carnival song comes to mind…
    “Dream on its free….the freedom of the spirit of adventure”
    Guyana and Guyanese will remember you long after your exit
    …your legacy. Thanks my brother …enjoyable read/view.


  • Dmitri Allicock  On November 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Thank you Kamptan.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On November 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Street vendors were a part of our lives growing up in Guyana of Yesteryear. Thanks for the memories.

    The coconut vendor has a strong left arm :0 She makes it look so easy.

  • de castro compton  On November 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Wouldntbwish to test her temper while she is using that machate…ha ha


  • Dmitri Allicock  On November 22, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Thanks Rosaliene. Expert left arm for sure with a razor sharp cutlass. I am always ready for a sweet refreshing coconut.

  • seasonedplate  On December 3, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I am always thrilled to eat street food at hawker style eateries. It’s too bad the western world hasn’t adopted this style of eating like the majority of the world does so well. I think that we’re governed by regulations in the west and can’t see past that in order to achieve a higher good, but that’s what travelling is for I guess.

    Some of my best dining experiences have been on the street whilst abroad. It is an essential part of so peoples survival and it usually results in excellent, fresh, local food. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On December 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you

  • de castro  On December 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

    We should never forget that “street vendors” pay little or no tax
    and offer a service the public enjoy….they are entrepenurs of future
    and part and parcel of a culture….you do not have to buy from them.
    Local government usually opposes their method of distribution
    if they refuse to “contribute” to local taxes by a “fee” for vending.
    Vending machines serves as a replacement/service.
    The choice is yours.

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