And The Winners Are...

Published - 02-July-2019

Forty-one awards in 23 categories were handed out last Thursday evening at the 21st staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards held at the nation's first Gastronomy Centre, Devon House. The glittering award ceremony styled by Main Event, MStyle XP and Ann Marie Wyss for Every Blooming Thing was headlined by Lady Allen, Minister of Industry, Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries Audley Shaw; Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips; Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh, recipient of the Chairman's Award. The event witnessed giants of the culinary arena; corporate titans, members of the diplomatic corps, scores of bon vivants and hundreds upon hundreds of patrons enjoying choice tastings from 70 booths. Jamaica Observer Managing Director Julian E Rogers deemed it “an absolute pleasure to experience from this unique perspective the contribution that the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards has made locally and across the region”. He continued, “Few events can claim the reach and impact that this culinary juggernaut has had on redefining and shaping an entire industry.” Food Awards conceptualiser Novia McDonald-Whyte, who served as the evening's compere, invited onstage members of the communities whose homes the judges had visited during their #ACelebrationofCommunityTourAward. It was the perfect time, she shared, as we yearn for a paradigm shift in our culinary footprint, for the judges to go home, so to speak, to explore the meaning of food in communities across the island. We saw up close how the traditions of the table serve to restate what it means to be Jamaican: struggle and triumph, creating abundance out of nothing, and making time to nurture and support each other”. The theme of the family resonated again as the audience applauded lustily 10 of the island's most impressive culinary teams. McDonald-Whyte said “the professional food families, who make magic in the country's best kitchens, to relentlessly deliver food that is both satisfying and imaginative only happens when leadership and talent are unified by an extraordinary sense of purpose”. The power of tradition also manifested itself in the recognition of Master Blender Joy Spence, who along with rising influencer, director of marketing for Hampden Estate Christelle Harris received the Leading Lady in Rum award for their work in establishing Jamaican rum as a world-class premium. Food for social good saw the Skylark Negril Beach Resort and The Rockhouse Hotel & Spa copping the Place At The Table Award. Post-formalities, patrons tasted in glorious abandon, drank and applauded even while eagerly anticipating the staging of #22. The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2019 scholarship recipients are Venice McFarquhar, Ilsaya Kerr, Kaleisha Thompson and Johansen Gordon.


Riverside Nyammings ‘Inna Mi Calabash’

Published - 30-May-2019

The gush of pure, flowing water surrounded by beautifully lush greenery. This set the stage for the ‘scentsational’ flavours fresh from the smoking hot coal stove. A tasty experience at its finest was what Food recently experienced when we explored authentic vegan cuisine in the heart of nature with Richard Pasley. Pasley, otherwise called ‘I-Kush’, is known for preparing his meals and posting them on social media. His friends and followers were impressed by the dishes, encouraging him to start a YouTube channel. But he was missing technical support in the form of video, so he cast those plans aside, until he met the members of Vartex Studio Film Production. From there, they cooked up a creative collaboration and ‘Inna Mi Calabash’ became a savoury reality. Priding himself on marrying wholesome herbs and spices to a happily ever after on taste buds everywhere, his ‘rest-naw-rant’ even incorporates added fun facts about organic ingredients, which he terms as superfood. A culinary artist, he says, doesn’t know what he’s going to do with a canvas. So many of his dishes originate from the energies that present themselves. Enticed by the experience, Food decided to trek with Pasley from ‘market to meal’. We began at Papine Market, picking up key ingredients from vendors Ramone Hendricks, also known as ‘Digi’ or ‘Digicel’, and Dion Welsh. Thereafter, we journeyed to Irish Town, via riverbank, to get the party started. Pasley was a natural, starting a coal fire, husking and grating coconut, peeling and cutting seasonings, spices and ground provision, while sharing their benefits. The sun was no match for the heat that we were working up in our creative kitchen. And before we knew it, sweet aromas swayed in the island breeze, anticipating the gastronomic delights that would follow. In the end, Pasley presented scrumptious red peas stew, loaded with rich ingredients of carrots, pumpkin, sea bass and more, as well as ackee and callaloo simmered in a coconut sauce, accompanied by ground provision of boiled banana, pumpkin, Irish potato, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, all served in a calabash. The taste was out of this world! And surprisingly filling. Tune in for the excitement from this episode and more at ‘Inna Mi Calabash’ on YouTube. Since hitting the airwaves, Pasley has created a storm among foodies – both yard and abroad. “The journey has been great so far. We have been growing with audience, taking recommendations and applying them to our product. We are getting a lot of support from person within the network too, so I’m grateful,” he said.


Hot Trends' takes Sandals Jerk Festival

Published - 27-May-2019

“It was all about winnings, we came to have a great time and just win. We knew we could be the top team because we had a game plan that was out of this world,” said Andre Simpson, a chef at Beaches Ocho Rios and one half of the “Hot Trends' team. Simpson, along with head butcher at Beaches Ocho Rios, Junior Bell, came out as the winners of the jerk competition in the Sandals Golf and Jerk Festival held recently at the Sandals Golf & Country Club in Upton, St Ann. “The night before the competition we were thinking about how we were going to make our dish different and standout and that's when it all started!” Simpson said. He added that the team went to the Ocho Rios market in the middle of the night where they purchased items that they were sure would make them winners. On the day of the competition, “Hot Trends” stated that they were not fazed by the other competitors as they knew what their plan was and it was up to them to execute. “We brought pimento wood to enhance the flavour of our meats. We also brought tamarind, june plum and sour-sop. We really weren't sure what we would do with them but we knew it would be great,” chuckled the confident “Hot Trends” member. The 12 teams in the competition were issued with a standard set of ingredients to prepare their meals. These were chicken, provided by title sponsors Best Dressed Chicken, fish fillet from Rainforest Seafood and jerk spices from Walkerswood. All contestants were given a total of four hours to prepare their dishes from the items they received. At the end of the four hours, “Hot Trends” blew the judges away with their soursop tamarind chutney fish, coconut-crusted fried breadfruit, jerk chicken enhanced by pimento wood, jerk spices, breaded, fried plantain, roast potato and roast yam sticks. “What made our meals different was the infusion of all the different natural fruits and spices. We added a little cinnamon, nutmeg and pineapple skin to our jerk sauce and that blew the judges away. They were all amazed by the different tastes they all got at once,” Simpson said. “Hot Trends” won for themselves $50,000, several baskets courtesy of the sponsors and a new jerk pan to continue their culinary journey. “We won because of team work and hard thinking. People like to see and taste something different and that's what we gave them.” Hot Trends also took the sectional prize for being most creative. The event was put on by the Sandals Foundation with all proceeds going towards its junior golf programme and supporting stroke prevention and rehabilitation at the St Ann's Bay Hospital Rehabilitation Centre.


The Tropical Oasis Of Chillin’ Serengeti

Published - 13-December-2018

Lush greenery swaying as ambrosial aromas dance to reggae beats in the open air. The delights of savoury and sweet making a uniquely culinary convergence in the most serene of surroundings. Prepare to discover the true meaning of 'rustic meets magnifique' when you experience the tropical oasis of Chillin' Serengeti. Located in the heart of Hope Zoo, Chillin' Serengeti recently reopened its doors under new management. The directors, who are also creators of rural destination parties Chillin' on the Farm and Chillin' in the Mawnin, wanted to bring that same quaint and exclusive experience to Kingston. The official launch, which took place yesterday, saw socialites and food lovers coming plate to palate with the exciting integration of herbs and spices, while sipping on spirits from intoxicating mixes in the enchanting bar. Food was honoured to be specially invited to a private tasting of the new menu. According to Business Manager Kasheema Jeffery, the featured dishes are predominantly Jamaican fusion. "The directors always ask, 'When you go to France, what do you eat?' The response is French food. 'Italy?' Italian food. 'So why is that you can hardly find restaurants in Jamaica that offer a Jamaican menu outside of lunch time?' We've decided to bridge that gastronomic gap and satisfy in that capacity," Jeffery revealed. "Even though we have international items like burgers and pastas, it has a Jamaican flair to it," she added. Chef Garfield Seivwright Jr and his team have delectably designed a line-up so authentic, so mouth-watering, so amazing, that you will have no choice but to return for more. Murray's curried goat and roti waffles and bacon and herb-crusted corn are among the favourites for appetisers, while local faves curried goat, oxtail and pork chops reign as salacious supremes. From creative food to a relaxing ambience, topped with a cut above the rest in customer service, be sure to take your taste buds on a tantalising tour of flavour at Chillin' Serengeti: you won't be sorry. For more information,


For The Love Of Coffee

Published - 08-March-2019

Last Sunday afternoon, Friday Social journeyed to Strawberry Hills for brunch with Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett. The occasion? Day three of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival. Indeed, three days of activities culminated with the Blue Mountain Coffee Trail — which involved the participation of 14 restaurants and heritage sites along the way that offered coffee-centric products, fare, entertainment and experiences for all. Day two in Newcastle, proved to be a success. With indigenous arts and crafts showcases, activities for the kids, coffee trivia, private dinners, and wonderful coffee-infused delights, the combined efforts of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival were, according to Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett, to position The Rock in the international sphere as a gastronomic destination, to attract tourists and improve economic wealth. “There's a big future for gastronomy in Jamaica...this is how the tourism dollar is going to stay in Jamaica,” Bartlett remarked. Musician Peter Ashbourne led a quartet that provided live entertainment, whilst Minister Bartlett shared the plans for the current foodie year. “In a more structured way, with Devon House being established as the gastronomy centre of Jamaica, we're planning to host pop-up kitchens leading up to the official launch of World Gastronomy Day, June 18, and we want a big event to celebrate Jamaica's [participation]. We're going to be [asking] diplomats to bring strains from their cultures to fuse [cultures] with the Jamaican food.” We are, after all, out of many, one. In addition, the tourism ministry intends to host several festivals revolving around indigenous Jamaican foods, including coffee, rum, ackee, cocoa, and yam. And, to show and prove, executives from the Jamaica Tourist Board and Tourism Linkages Network travelled to Berlin on Tuesday, March 5, to participate in the world's leading travel trade show, ITB Berlin. Friday Social champions the new wave in social tourism.


Get a taste of the Caribbean this weekend with Jerk & Beyond

Published - 26-May-2019

There’s a long held belief that Caribbean food revolves around Jamaican Jerk chicken and rice and peas. But across the Caribbean there are many islands that represent a wide array of the region’s colourful cultures, from music to food. Across the bank holiday weekend restaurateur and Trinidad-born Sham Mahabir has put together a food festival to celebrate all the tastes that the Caribbean has to offer, beyond the jerk chicken we’ve come to expect. In the heart of Old Spitalfields Market this weekend is Jerk & Beyond, a three-day festival dedicated to Caribbean rum and food. Sham tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The food festival is more about changing people’s perceptions of Caribbean food in the UK. Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/26/get-a-taste-of-the-caribbean-this-weekend-with-jerk-beyond-9692399/?ito=cbshare Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/


The Hummingbird Jerk House Serves Authentic Jamaican Cuisine!

Published - 28-May-2019

I’m not going to say that Jamaican cuisine has ever been among my top favorites, but I will say this — as a native New Yorker who has previously sampled some well-known Jamaican restaurants in Manhattan, there are a number of dishes I’m going to keep going back to the new Hummingbird Jerk House to enjoy. Owner Patrick Murrel, a Hunter’s Green resident, and his family invite you to sample truly some of the best Jamaican cuisine I’ve had the chance to try, especially in Tampa. The Hummingbird Jerk House, located in the space previously occupied by Dairy Queen, on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in North Palms Village (next to Oakley’s Grille), features everything from authentic meat patties to items I’ve previously never (and still haven’t) tried, such as cow foot and butter beans (with dumplings) and what is billed on the menu as the Jamaican National Dish called ackee and saltfish. According to Hummingbird’s website, Patrick is from the Westmoreland province of Jamaica and grew up in the town of Sav-la-mar, next to Negril. The website says his “mama teach him to cook,” and from the items I’ve sampled so far, I’d say she taught him well!


Four Jamaican Restaurants To Try in Las Vegas

Published - 08-March-2019

From jerk wings and rum-based cocktails to ackee and saltfish and rum cake for dessert, Jamaican cuisine allows for hearty, savory dishes in the winter and lighter, refreshing flavors in the summer. In other words; Jamaican food is perfect for Las Vegas. From a Silverado Ranch spot that’s focused on the time-consuming and ultimately rewarding process of creating perfect jerk chicken to a westside restaurant with beef and chicken curry patties, these four places fit the bill when Jamaican flavor is on the agenda.


Hospitality Sector Well Positioned to Achieve Revenue Target –Bartlett - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 05-September-2019

Hospitality Sector Well Positioned to Achieve Revenue Target –Bartlett  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceTourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica's hospitality industry is well positioned to generate the US$5-billion being targeted by 2021 under the ...


Related Gov't Positioning Jamaica to Benefit from Gastronomy Tourism - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 17-September-2018

Related Gov't Positioning Jamaica to Benefit from Gastronomy Tourism  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that the Ministry is taking strategic steps to ensure that Jamaica capitalises on its potential and benefits in a more ...


Nutritionist Says Gastronomy Essential to Tourism - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 11-May-2018

Nutritionist Says Gastronomy Essential to Tourism  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceExecutive Director of the Jamaica Island Nutrition Network (JINN), Patricia Thompson, says gastronomy, or the art and knowledge involved in preparing good ...


Tourism to Benefit from Renewed Focus on Gastronomy - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 22-January-2018

Tourism to Benefit from Renewed Focus on Gastronomy  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the booming tourism sector is expected to soar even higher with the renewed focus on gastronomy. Addressing ...


Jamaica Welcomes One Million Visitors in First Nine Weeks of 2019 - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 12-March-2019

Jamaica Welcomes One Million Visitors in First Nine Weeks of 2019  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceTourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica has welcomed one million visitors to its shores in the first nine weeks of 2019. He said this has provided ...


Winners in the 21st Table Talk Food Awards - Jamaica Observer

Published - 30-May-2019

Winners in the 21st Table Talk Food Awards  Jamaica ObserverKINGSTON, Jamaica — The 21st staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards got und...


Fourth Annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival - Jamaica Observer

Published - 04-October-2018

Fourth Annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival  Jamaica ObserverIt's that time of year again when we just have to give in to the fact that we all have to buy 'roomier' clothes once October is over. The fourth annual Jamaica Food ...


Jamaican cuisine to take centre stage at Gastronomy forum in Thailand - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 29-May-2018

Jamaican cuisine to take centre stage at Gastronomy forum in Thailand  Loop News JamaicaTourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has left the island to participate in the 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in Bangkok, Thailand. While there ...


“Savouring Jamaica” - Jamaica Observer

Published - 29-November-2018

“Savouring Jamaica”  Jamaica ObserverMonths of planning and hours of preparation equalled a...


Devon House Launched as Jamaica's First Gastronomy Centre - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 01-June-2017

Devon House Launched as Jamaica's First Gastronomy Centre  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceTourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Devon House gastronomy experience will be expanded to include a self-*service* kitchen, farmers' market and ...


Gastronomy - Food, history, and good company | Food - Jamaica Gleaner

Published - 07-December-2017

Gastronomy - Food, history, and good company | Food  Jamaica GleanerWESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica has had a long history of first-class gastronomy. Last Thursday, the country's tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett pushed the ...


Tourism Minister Calls for Buildout of More Eateries - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 18-April-2019

Tourism Minister Calls for Buildout of More Eateries  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has called for the buildout of more eateries across the island to meet the growing tourist trade, as most visitors travel ...


Jamaica welcomed one million visitors in first nine weeks of 2019 - Jamaica Gleaner

Published - 12-March-2019

Jamaica welcomed one million visitors in first nine weeks of 2019  Jamaica GleanerTourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica has welcomed one million visitors to its shores in the first nine weeks of 2019. He said this has provided foreign ...


Jamaica, Thailand make gastronomy linkages - Jamaica Observer

Published - 04-June-2018

Jamaica, Thailand make gastronomy linkages  Jamaica ObserverMONTEGO BAY, St James — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is reporting that Jamaican cuisine made a huge impact on the global gastronomy industry during ...


Exciting entertainment package promised for Falmouth Food Festival - Jamaica Observer

Published - 11-July-2019

Exciting entertainment package promised for Falmouth Food Festival  Jamaica ObserverHAGUE, Trelawny —. Organisers of the inaugural Falmouth Food Festival have arranged an exciting entertainment package featuring an impressive blend of ...


Plans Well Advanced to Market Jamaica as Hub for Gastronomic Tourism - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 26-July-2017

Plans Well Advanced to Market Jamaica as Hub for Gastronomic Tourism  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceThe rich, authentic and tantalising tastes of Jamaican foods and wines are to be showcased when well-advanced plans by the Tourism Ministry to market ...


Bartlett challenges farmers to meet demands of tourism sector - Jamaica Observer

Published - 05-August-2019

Bartlett challenges farmers to meet demands of tourism sector  Jamaica ObserverKINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has challenged the local agricultural sector to make a greater effort to satisfy the demands of ...


Tourism ministry pumps $20 million into gastronomy industry - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 03-August-2018

Tourism ministry pumps $20 million into gastronomy industry  Loop News JamaicaTourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett says his ministry is investing some $20 million towards the further development of the gastronomy industry, during this ...


Foodie Seminar 2019: A Stellar Line-Up - Jamaica Observer

Published - 16-May-2019

Foodie Seminar 2019: A Stellar Line-Up  Jamaica ObserverCounting down to the 21st staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, disting...


Bush and Water goes live | Food - Jamaica Gleaner

Published - 25-July-2019

Bush and Water goes live | Food  Jamaica GleanerHave you ever had an entire main course that never met with fire? How about pastries cooked under the bright summer sun? Come waltz down live food street, ...


Inaugural staging of Kingston Curry Festival set to delight patrons - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 17-May-2019

Inaugural staging of Kingston Curry Festival set to delight patrons  Loop News JamaicaWith Kingston fast becoming a melting pot of culture and a mecca for gastronomy experiences, organisers of the inaugural Kingston Curry Festival, are ...


Trade development workshop kicks off Blue Mountain Coffee Festival - Jamaica Observer

Published - 01-March-2019

Trade development workshop kicks off Blue Mountain Coffee Festival  Jamaica ObserverKINGSTON, Jamaica — The second annual Blue Mountain Coffee Festival kicked off today at the University of Technology (UTech) campus in Papine, ...


Great potential for Jamaica in gastronomy tourism – Bartlett - Jamaica Gleaner

Published - 08-July-2017

Great potential for Jamaica in gastronomy tourism – Bartlett  Jamaica GleanerMinister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett recently welcomed Spiritz of Hanover, another addition to the gourmet food offerings in western Jamaica, even as he ...


Director highlights importance of Tourism Linkages Network - Jamaica Observer

Published - 11-January-2019

Director highlights importance of Tourism Linkages Network  Jamaica ObserverDIRECTOR of the Tourism Linkages Network, Carolyn McDonald-Riley, has emphasised the importance of the five networks in further diversifying the country's ...


BARTENDER OF THE YEAR — And The Nominees Are... - Jamaica Observer

Published - 16-May-2019

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR — And The Nominees Are...  Jamaica ObserverThe Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2019 committee is pleased to announce the 13 nominees...


Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition and Expo set to sizzle - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 19-November-2018

Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition and Expo set to sizzle  Loop News JamaicaThe Culinary Federation of Jamaica will host the 11th annual Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition and Expo on November 24 and 25. The Taste of Jamaica ...


Uncorked's Uncommon Cuisine Revolution - Jamaica Observer

Published - 07-March-2019

Uncorked's Uncommon Cuisine Revolution  Jamaica ObserverGuests were told to “expect the unexpected”, and Uncorked definitely delivered on this promise. On Sunday, February 24, the bistro and wine bar hosted a ...


And The Winners Are... - Jamaica Observer

Published - 02-June-2019

And The Winners Are...  Jamaica ObserverForty-one awards in 23 categories were handed out last Thursday evening at the 21st staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards held at the ...


Let Your Tastebuds Thrive at Chive! | Food - Jamaica Gleaner

Published - 08-August-2019

Let Your Tastebuds Thrive at Chive! | Food  Jamaica GleanerVirginia Woolf might not have been a foodie, but this famous author got it spot on when she said: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not ...


Dining With A View - Jamaica Observer

Published - 14-February-2019

Dining With A View  Jamaica ObserverGrand-A-View Restaurant & Event Place is the latest offering to the social and gastronomy scene in western Jamaica, boasting a fabulous two-tiered fine dining ...


Just Announced: Jamaica Rum Festival - Jamaica Observer

Published - 07-February-2019

Just Announced: Jamaica Rum Festival  Jamaica ObserverIn keeping with Jamaica being marketed as a hub for gastronomy, it was announced on Wednesday that Kingston will host the inaugural Jamaica Rum Festival.


Tourism Ministry to Help Train 2000 Bartenders - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 14-March-2019

Tourism Ministry to Help Train 2000 Bartenders  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceThe Ministry of Tourism will be assisting with the training of some 2,000 bartenders in the next fiscal year to meet the demand by cruise lines and other entities.


Jamaica retaining more money from tourism earnings – Bartlett - Jamaica Gleaner

Published - 01-May-2019

Jamaica retaining more money from tourism earnings – Bartlett  Jamaica GleanerWESTERN BUREAU: Calling it a massive win for the local economy, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said that Jamaica is now retaining more earnings ...


Goût de France 2019 - Jamaica Observer

Published - 28-March-2019

Goût de France 2019  Jamaica ObserverGoût de France (Good France), which was started in 2015, is a renowned worldwide gourmet festival that celebrates French gastronomy. The event showcases ...


Related Gastronomy Space at Devon House to be Expanded - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 10-July-2018

Related Gastronomy Space at Devon House to be Expanded  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceTourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says discussions are being finalised for the acquisition of certain lands to expand the Devon House gastronomy space.


JFDF's Sneak Taste - Jamaica Observer

Published - 18-October-2018

JFDF's Sneak Taste  Jamaica ObserverThis year's Jamaica Food and Drink Festival has quite the number of pre-festival events and it's not even year five. The second of the events, dubbed Sneak ...


Bartlett announces gastronomy ambassador programme - Jamaica Observer

Published - 04-December-2017

Bartlett announces gastronomy ambassador programme  Jamaica ObserverST JAMES, Jamaica — Three winners of gastronomy competitions in Mobay on the weekend are to be named gastronomy ambassadors following their return ...


Related Blue Mountain Coffee Festival to be Launched January 15 - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 07-January-2019

Related Blue Mountain Coffee Festival to be Launched January 15  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceThe second annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will be launched at a press conference on January 15. The three-day event, which showcases the ...


The 2018 RSVP List Part 1 Dec 2 - Jamaica Observer

Published - 02-December-2018

The 2018 RSVP List Part 1 Dec 2  Jamaica ObserverIn his latest book, Richer Than a Millionaire William D Danko notes that prosperity is the convergence of “good health, happiness, and wealth.” For generations ...


Diversification key to further boosting tourism — Bartlett - Jamaica Observer

Published - 29-January-2019

Diversification key to further boosting tourism — Bartlett  Jamaica ObserverST JAMES, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says product diversification by industry stakeholders is pivotal to further boosting Jamaica's global ...


Related Shoppes at Rose Hall Comes Alive for Style Jamaica - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 12-December-2018

Related Shoppes at Rose Hall Comes Alive for Style Jamaica  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceThe Shoppes at Rose Hall in Montego Bay has been transformed into a wonderland of fashion, food and entertainment for the Tourism Linkages Network's 'Style ...


Delightful Contemporary Dining at Chive - Jamaica Observer

Published - 20-December-2018

Delightful Contemporary Dining at Chive  Jamaica ObserverSometimes a restaurant really surprises you. Walking into Orchid Village Plaza Thursday Food wasn't sure what to expect from the one-month-old Chive.


VIDEO: Pimentos at Devon House - Jamaica Observer

Published - 06-December-2018

VIDEO: Pimentos at Devon House  Jamaica ObserverKingston got an early Christmas present with the recent opening of Pimentos in the Devon House courtyard. The sleek, well-branded and tastefully decorated ...


Related Culinary Arts Festival and Competition to be Revived - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 03-August-2018

Related Culinary Arts Festival and Competition to be Revived  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceCulture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country's Culinary Arts Festival and Competition ...


Jamaica Rum Festival promises to be a grand showcase - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 08-February-2019

Jamaica Rum Festival promises to be a grand showcase  Loop News JamaicaOrganisers of the inaugural Jamaica Rum Festival are promising an array of mix and blends to excite the taste buds of patrons at the event which will be held ...


Related Agro-Tourism Stakeholders Welcome Gastronomy Thrust - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 21-November-2017

Related Agro-Tourism Stakeholders Welcome Gastronomy Thrust  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceThe Government's move to promote Jamaica as a gastronomy tourism destination is being welcomed by stakeholders in western Jamaica, who see the push as ...


New Look Scott's Cove to Boost Tourism on South Coast - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 28-December-2018

New Look Scott's Cove to Boost Tourism on South Coast  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceFollowing a $15-million infrastructure upgrade, the popular Scott's Cove food and rest stop is being seen as a potential booster for tourism on Jamaica's ...


Bartlett Touts Jamaica as Excellent Tourism Investment Destination - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 07-February-2019

Bartlett Touts Jamaica as Excellent Tourism Investment Destination  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is an excellent tourism investment destination, with a plethora of opportunities available across the ...


Related Tourism Ministry to Stengthen Linkages with Other Sectors - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 16-April-2019

Related Tourism Ministry to Stengthen Linkages with Other Sectors  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Ministry will continue on the pathway of strengthening the linkages with other sectors of the economy, ...


Ocho Rios Touted As Prime Entertainment Destination - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 13-May-2019

Ocho Rios Touted As Prime Entertainment Destination  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMayor of St. Ann's Bay, Councillor Michael Belnavis, says Ocho Rios is poised to become the number-one destination for entertainment in Jamaica.


Moon Palace Jamaica hosts Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner | Loop News - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 12-November-2018

Moon Palace Jamaica hosts Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner | Loop News  Loop News JamaicaMoon Palace Jamaica last weekend hosted its exclusive second annual Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner that saw the world's oldest, largest and most prestigiou.


HEART celebrates contribution to culinary arts in Jamaica - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 05-August-2018

HEART celebrates contribution to culinary arts in Jamaica  Loop News JamaicaThe HEART Trust NTA on Thursday celebrated its long-standing relationship with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) annual Culinary ...


Foodie Forecast: Culinary Trends for 2016 - Jamaica Observer

Published - 06-January-2016

Foodie Forecast: Culinary Trends for 2016  Jamaica ObserverNew year, new trends on the horizon! With an ever-expanding palate for all things epicurean, Thursday Life checks in with a few of our local chefs and caterers ...


Jamaica now retains 41 cents from every dollar earned from tourism - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 01-May-2019

Jamaica now retains 41 cents from every dollar earned from tourism  Loop News JamaicaTourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that Jamaica is now retaining nearly 41 cents of every dollar earned from tourism, up from 30 cents three years ...


CB launches Pan 2019 | Loop News - Loop News Jamaica

Published - 26-July-2019

CB launches Pan 2019 | Loop News  Loop News JamaicaJamaica is the undisputed mecca of pan chicken. No one can do it like us - period. This uniquely Jamaican style of preparing meat is being celebrated by CB ...


Farmers Urged to Capitalise on Alex Platform - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 18-December-2017

Farmers Urged to Capitalise on Alex Platform  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has urged Jamaican farmers to capitalise on the Agri-linkages Exchange (ALEX) platform, which he says will be a ...


A Deliciously Goût Time - Jamaica Observer

Published - 23-March-2019

A Deliciously Goût Time  Jamaica ObserverLAST Thursday night, close to 30 guests gathered at the French Ambassador to Jamaica's residence on Hillcrest Avenue to celebrate the fifth iteration of Goût de ...


Related Bigger, Better Ice Cream Parlour Opens at Devon House - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 28-July-2017

Related Bigger, Better Ice Cream Parlour Opens at Devon House  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceLovers of the world-famous Devon House 'I Scream' can now enjoy their favourite treat in a more spacious and comfortable setting. On Tuesday (July 25), ...


TEF gives $350m for small and medium tourism enterprises - Jamaica Observer

Published - 20-November-2018

TEF gives $350m for small and medium tourism enterprises  Jamaica ObserverKINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says his ministry is committed to driving the capacity of Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises ...


Ocho Rios poised to become Ja's top entertainment destination, says St Ann's Bay mayor - Jamaica Observer

Published - 11-May-2019

Ocho Rios poised to become Ja's top entertainment destination, says St Ann's Bay mayor  Jamaica ObserverST ANN, Jamaica — Mayor of St Ann's Bay, Michael Belnavis, says Ocho Rios is poised to become the number-one destination for entertainment in Jamaica.


Tourism Ministry launches Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Tour - Jamaica Observer

Published - 28-March-2017

Tourism Ministry launches Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Tour  Jamaica ObserverMinister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (left) and Chairman of the new Gastronomy Network of the Ministry of Tourism, Nicola Madden-Greig proudly display the ...


Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival this weekend - Loop Jamaica

Published - 23-March-2018

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival this weekend  Loop JamaicaThe tourism ministry has kicked off a series of events this year, aimed at promoting the island's gastronomy industry, with the first annual staging of the Jamaica ...


Related Join Me in Jamaica - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Published - 28-May-2018

Related Join Me in Jamaica  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceThe Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is looking to bring more visitors to the island through its new digital marketing campaign. Dubbed 'Join me in Jamaica' the ...


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