The welcome extended to crew and passengers of the Emerald Princess on November 14 was made extra special with the addition of a pop-up version of the soon-to-be-unveiled $700-million Artisan Village being planned for Falmouth.
Located next door to the Port of Falmouth, the facility will officially open its doors early next year.
“We are delayed in rolling out the Artisan Village and our board has asked us to expand opportunities for showing our visitors what to expect. So, this occasion, the first ship coming to Falmouth since March of 2020, we are doing what we call a pop-up where we are showcasing 10 of the artisans who will be taking shops at the artisan village,” said CarolRose Brown, Director of Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovative/Craft Development Institute, a division of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
When the Village is up and running at the site of the old Hampden Wharf building in the town, 42 artisans will showcase their work there.
The Falmouth facility, Jamaica’s first Artisan Village, is an immersive attraction created by the Port Authority of Jamaica with funds from TEF.
The unique attraction, which will portray the history of the town, will accommodate Falmouth-owned, small and medium-sized enterprises that offer locals and visitors authentic entertainment, cuisine, art, craft, and culture.
Text: Horace Hines
Photos: Philp Lemonte