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Jamaica Food and Drink Festival Beer Set to Ignite Kingston Food Scene

The Pineapple Park drink from the Worthy Park bar (Photo: DACX)

The Jamaica Food and Drink Festival (JFDF) returns for its ninth staging come November 2-5, 2023. The festival will once more be presented by Visa, the event’s platinum partner for the fifth consecutive 12 months.

New to this 12 months’s calendar are exciting pre-festival events, starting Wednesday, October 4, with an ultra-exclusive wine-paired dinner followed by a series of immersive, spirit-themed cocktail affairs dubbed Festival Nites @ The [JFD] Kitchen. Patrons can even get a glimpse into the “Worthy” Experience, a rum tour and alfresco dining affair, showcasing the flexibility and depth of Jamaican rums. Rounding off the pre-festival line-up will likely be a Chef’s Table featuring international sensation and Michelin awarded chef, Ceasar Zapata, of Phuc Yea Miami who’s renowned for his revolutionary approach to Vietnamese-Cajun cuisine. Chef Zapata is a component of an incredible line-up of 80+ top chefs, restaurateurs and food, wine and spirit purveyors from across the island that will likely be showcased over the course of the festival.

This 12 months’s JFDF will afford 1000’s of patrons, each local and foreign, the chance to take pleasure in a few of the world’s best food, wine, and spirits while having fun with new and historic venues across town. “We’re turning up the flavour and fun for our ninth anniversary in some new ways to showcase how diverse our food culture is!”

“We’re committed to providing something for everyone at our events; from the various range and themes, flavours and price points – there’s something to suit all interests. It is a celebration you will not need to miss,” said Alicia Bogues, festival director.

The actual festival days, which run from November 2-5, will kick off with the ever-popular Pork Palooza guaranteed to ignite the senses with the spectacle of live fire cooking, and featuring the best of Jamaican pork. Pork lovers, that is the place to be! Next up is Picante: Spice + Spirits on November 3, a nod to Jamaica’s vibrant and long-standing affair with fiery and zesty flavours … think: sweet and savoury with greater than a touch of scotchie!

Festival favourite Meet Street and the Market returns and breaks new ground by incorporating the allure and excitement of Port Royal into this 12 months’s offerings. With over 60+ local food and drinks traders, Meet Street attendees will find a way to savour quite a few local, award-winning creations, from mouth-watering street cuisine to irresistible cocktails, to delightful, sweet treats and beverages. To enhance the culinary delights, local artisans will showcase their finest crafts and homewares. The Historic Naval Dockyard at Port Royal will likely be buzzing with excitement and adventure with community tours, face painting and fairground rides also on offer, ensuring there’s something for the entire family and promising a implausible shopping, dining and entertainment experience. The festival then closes with its premium boozy brunch within the cool hills of Kingston that 12 months after 12 months leaves an indelible mark, creating cherished culinary memories.

The 2023 staging of the JFDF can even welcome an unprecedented variety of partners, signifying the worth of its staging to Kingston’s entertainment landscape and in positioning town of Kingston as a culinary destination. These partners include platinum partner, Visa, together with host partner CB Foods, National Business Bank, Port Authority of Jamaica, Tourism Enhancement Fund, Jamaica Tourist Board, Kingston & St Andrew Municipal Corporation, in addition to a slew of food, drink and media partners who all share the emotions of Visa’s Waldemar Cordero, senior director of promoting for Central America & the Caribbean, when he says the organisation believes within the mission to have a good time Jamaican cuisine and culture and anticipate an experience like no other.

Tickets for the JFDF can be found for purchase online via Caribtix.com, while the pre festival event tickets could be purchased at jamaicafoodanddrinkkitchen.com.

Stay updated with the festival’s latest developments, tantalising food experiences, and join the conversation on social media through the use of the official hashtag #JFDF2023 and tagging @jafoodanddrink.

The CPJ Bar on the JFDF launch (Photo: DACX)
Select Brands booth (Photo: DACX)
Jabba’s Peppa Shrimps made with shrimps courtesy of Rainforest (Photo: DACX)
Jerk chicken courtesy of Desrick Hamilton for CB Foods (Photo: DACX)
Handmade roti from Moby Dick (Photo: DACX)
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Red Stripe Beer (Photo: DACX)
Curried goat courtesy of Moby Dick (Photo: DACX)

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