Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace hosts weekend-long celebration ahead of Carnival Parade

Senator Kevin Parker, who represents the 21st Sen District in Brooklyn, congratulates Jamaican-born, Patrick Burrell, of Zeby’s Printing, one of the original vendors of Caton Market, now named, Central Brooklyn Caribbean Marketplace, below Caton Flats, at the intersection of Caton and Flatbush avenues.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

As the sound of steel pans and other Caribbean music reverberate across Brooklyn, Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace (FCCM) — carnival-goers’ one-stop-shop for colorful traditional Caribbean flag attire and accessories – will once again be home of a weekend-long celebration, including live music and DJ’s, food tastings, pop-up shops, community health screenings, and extended overnight hours.

Additionally, the Marketplace will be launching its first ever giftbox entitled “Likkle Barrel,” featuring products by the FFCM legacy entrepreneurs.

Through FCCM’s technical assistance and business supports, FCCM said vendors are equipped to increase their skills, grow their enterprises, and build community wealth.


Friday, 9/2 

Legacy Marketplace: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Likkle Barrel Market Gift Box Launch

Featured Pop-Up Vendors:  Bring Heritage Home,  Wukkout!, Carry On Friends*, Merch Carnival, Island Love Cakes,  Zanset Tea, Solo Scoop Creamery

Mangrove FC:  Information Session

Saturday 9/3:  

Legacy Marketplace: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Likkle Barrel Market Gift Box Launch

Featured Pop-Up Vendors:  Zanset Tea, Carry On Friends, Merch Carnival, Cremas Absalon,  84 Gem, Bree and Milly

Mangrove FC: 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Drinks, Bites and Tours
  • Restaurant Opportunities Centers United:  Worker’s Bill of Rights Open Session

DJ: DJ Benzi, 12-4 p.m.

Guest DJ: 4-8 p.m.

Entertainment: Carnyval Dancers/The Kross Movement, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Movie Screening of Bazodee 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Plaza Pop-Up Vendor: Patrick Burrell – Prepackaged Kettle Corn

Special*: Mt. Sinai Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening Unit (Blk Men’s Health Initiative, Along Caton Avenue-parking Lane)


Sunday 9/4: 

Legacy Marketplace: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. (open overnight)

Likkle Barrel Market Gift Box Launch

Featured Pop-up Vendors: Cremas Absalon, Brewing Hearts

Live DJ: 12-4 p.m., 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Entertainment: Island Interlude  4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Mangrove FC:  Tours and Light Refreshments

Entertainment: Double Dutch + dominoes + cards


Monday 9/5:

Legacy Marketplace: 12 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Likkle Barrel Market Gift Box Launch



Likkle: Jamaican Patois for Small.

Barrel: A drum (also called a barrel) is a cylindrical shipping container used for shipping bulk cargo

Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace will be launching their first ever giftbox entitled “Likkle Barrel.” The box will feature products by the legacy entrepreneurs of Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace. FCCM vendors reflect the ingenuity and cultural heritage of Brooklyn’s Caribbean diaspora. Through FCCM’s technical assistance and business supports, vendors are equipped to increase their skills, grow their enterprises, and build community wealth.

Featured Products

  1. Haitian Sea Salt
  2. Grenadian Cinnamon
  3. Grenadian Cacao Balls
  4. Café Duran – Pamamanian Coffee
  5. Coconut or Lemongrass Soap
  6. Peppa Sauce
  7. FC Tote Bag


Carib Biz Network | Dr. Nicole Grimes

Carib Biz Network is an emerging business development platform dedicated to the growth and success of Caribbean American businesses, freelancers and brands in North America. Entrenched in the heart of NYC, CBN began in late 2019 as an initiative to support the many small entrepreneurs in the city. Today, CBN serves a diverse group of members across the Western Hemisphere who boast businesses in a number of industries. Our mission is to connect, support, amplify and deliver information and resources to Caribbean American entrepreneurs to make them more impactful and successful brands.


Blk Men’s Health Initiative

The goal of the Black Men’s Health Initiative is to educate black men about their health concerns and to encourage them to go to wellness appointments, seek out preventative care, and to monitor and treat any conditions they may have regularly as well as discuss men’s health and community issues. The organization hosts workshops through the year, addressing health issues that affect Black men in great numbers. Held annually, the Black Men’s Health Conference brings together health experts, area physicians and community members for a day of education surrounding health issues that specifically impact black men at rates greater than other populations. The youth conference brings boys ages 12-17 to The Health Gap for a day of learning about how your health impacts your future and how to become the man they want to be.

Carnyval Dancers/The Kross Movement

The Kross Movement is a group of fitness classes fused with different styles of dance.  Created by Founder Kiara Ross, Kross stands for an intersection between dance and fitness and has created an infectious dance community across NYC.

Island interlude

Island Interlude was birthed to bridge the gap between the Caribbean and the concrete jungle. With a major focus on the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, this open mic concept invites musicians of all walks to vibe, play and rendezvous with the sounds of the West Indies.

Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace is located on the ground floor of Caton Flats, a 14-story, mixed-use property developed by BRP Companies, led by Co-Founder and Managing Partner Meredith Marshall, containing 255 units of 100 percent affordable housing and over 20,000 square feet of community space in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

For more information on the market, visit @flatbush_central on Instagram and  flatbushcentral.com.

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