Coffee Fest: 2 more days

by Mar 31, 2022Taste

There are still a couple more days of the 5th Jamaica Blue Mountain Festival left to enjoy!

This year’s staging ends on April 2 with a spectacular festival marketplace on the lawns of the historic Devon House in St Andrew.

The event, which began on March 1, has been hailed as a major success so far by the Ministry of Tourism, its public body, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and its partners.

The festivities have included seminars on cooking with coffee, a farmer’s trade day, coffee farm tours, culinary trails, and hiking/cycling tours through the Blue Mountains. The events aim to raise awareness of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and related goods while also bringing together local and international coffee enthusiasts, suppliers, foodies, and other interested parties.

Here are a few highlights from events staged over the past few weeks:

Tasty launch

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (second right); Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Pearnel Charles Jr (right); Tourism Enhancement Fund Executive Director Dr Carey Wallace; and Gastronomy Network chair, Nicola Madden-Greig, sample portions of Chef Oji Jaja’s coffee-grilled cauliflower and coffee-soy chicken at the launch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival hosted at the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen on Tuesday, March 1.

Cooking with coffee

Cooking with Coffee event participants (from left) Chiney K Pop Girl, Danielle Insang, Nicolette Williams, Lyndsey McDonough, and Rushane ‘‘RushCam’’ Campbell proudly display their dish of coffee pork loin, coconut polenta, seasonal vegetables, and coffee gastrique. A signature Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival activity, the event was hosted by Chef Oji Jaja at the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen in Barbican on March 9.

Karen Hoilett-Edwards (left) joins friends Paula Nesbeth-Wright (centre) and Nicola Dawson-Watson in preparing their coffee pork loin and coconut polenta during the Cooking with Coffee event.

Culinary trail

Chef Felicia Warburton of RafJam Bed and Breakfast in Irish Town, St Andrew, proudly displays her coffee mocha roasted chicken dish being offered on a special Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee-inspired menu, created specifically for the Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Trail. RafJam Bed and Breakfast is one of five participating eateries that have promotional incentives in celebration of the festival. Other businesses include Strawberry Hill, EITS Café, Blue Brews Bistro, and Café Blue.

Source: TEF


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