5 Food Festivals in Jamaica

5 Food Festivals in Jamaica

Jamaicans love a good meal. Why not join them at some of the best 5 food festivals in Jamaica? Here’s a little info on each to help you enjoy a day of fun, family and food!

The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival
in Kingston is modelled after international Food festivals such as the Aspen Wine and Food Festival. It is a celebration that draws every foodie in Kingston as well as from other parts of Jamaica. 5 individual themed nights with contributions from some of the island’s best restaurants and chefs, that feature everything from exquisite meals paired with wines, to a pork extravaganza and all things fried themed evenings, culminating in a weekend of numerous evens, including the very inexpensive food truck specialty event. Your biggest problem will be figuring out how you’re going to be able to attend every single event as they are all noteworthy.

Save some room as Jamaica Restaurant Week with sampler menus at participating restaurants all over the island kicks off just one week later.

Port Royal Food Festival
Staged in one of the most historic communities in Jamaica, this family fun day serves up more than just delicious food. The scent of the cooking food draws you but so does the variety of entertainment on hand. The musical performances are one of the most varied line ups of any festival in Jamaica, with popular reggae and dancehall artistes as well as gospel favourites, from contemporary to older crowd favourites. If you’re in Jamaica in October, check it out.

Clarendon Seafood Festival

Children enter free before 2 pm at this Seafood Festival held in Clarendon deep in the heart of the island with Jamaican artistes performing later in the night. If it comes from the sea it’s yours to sample, shrimp lobster, conch, fish, crab and some Jamaican favourites this March in Woodleigh, Clarendon. Get out of the main tourist centres and go sample another taste of Jamaica.

Milk River Seafood and Jerk Festival
The second annual Milk River Seafood and Jerk Festival is on in December at Farqhar's Beach in Milk River. The community festival welcomes visitors to the area with the succulent fare, delicious dishes and mouth-watering treats. This is an ideal experience for those looking to experience a local food festival , although you’ll find a strong community turn out for pretty much any festival surrounding food on the island!

Montego Bay’s Jerk Festival is an outdoor family event at the end of July which starts in the day time and goes on through the night. All are welcome to join in this community event which includes jerk meats, treats, activities for the entire family, a celebrity cook off and a stage show.