While Jamaica may be known for its beaches and Bob Marley, what many visitors don’t realize is how big the food scene is here. From casual tuck-ins to gourmet farm to table feasts, foodies will agree Jamaica is best enjoyed, one bite-sized piece at a time.
Jamaican Farm to Fork Dinners
With the rise of the “eat local”movement internationally, so too came the idea to create farm to table dinners here in Jamaica. Aiming to highlight the challenges faced by local farmers, introduce new and interesting spins on Jamaican cuisine and offering as much organic produce as possible, these events have risen in popularity – so book early! Two popular dinners are those hosted by Stush in theBush at their organic farm in the hills of St. Ann, andJake’s Farm to Table Dinner where guests dine just off the beach at their aptly named venue ‘Seaside’. On opposite sides of the island, each with their own unique flare, both serve up delicious meals in a picturesque setting in the company of old friends and new.
Jakes Farm Dinners: www.jakeshotel.com
Stush in the Bush: www.stushinthebush.com
Offering a range of memorable locations to have a great meal, Jamaica’s unique food scene can go from rustic to refined in a matter of miles. Try a fish tea at the rustic Lobster Trappa casual seafood restaurant perched on the bay looking towards the famous Roundhill Hotel. It sells fresh, flavour packed seafood that is sure to satisfy. Nestled in the BlueMountain Range you’ll find the Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottages where guests can dine on a variety of coffee inspired dishes while sipping their famous blue hot chocolate. On the other side of the island, in the tourist hotspot town of Negril, the caves is a boutique hotel that offers a five-course private dining experience in one of two private caves just below the hotel.
The Caves: www.thecaveshotel.com
Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottages: www.blueridgeja.com
Lobster Trapp: www.lobstertrapp.com
Great Food Festivals
If nonstop eating and drinking sounds like your kind of experience, one of Jamaica’s many food festivals is the way to go. The annual Jamaican food and Drink Festival is an experience gourmand won’t want to miss out on. From über casual “MeetStreet and The Market” with food trucks and pop-ups, to “Brunch at the gallery”, with local art and aperitifs galore, this six-day food festival offers something for every taste and occasion with eight exclusive events you can attend. Jamaica RestaurantWeek is another ideal event for the foodie who wants to have a taste of the Jamaican that reflects our motto of Out of Many One People. During this week participating restaurants across the island create three-course set menus for a fixed price. Each restaurant is placed in one of 7 categories based on price, so whether go somewhere different each night and indulge in everything from sushi to pasta primavera, you will leave satisfied and anticipating your next culinary adventure.
Jamaica Restaurant Week: www.facebook.com/RestaurantWeekJamaica
Jamaica Food and Drink Festival: www.jafoodanddrink.com