Jamaica definitely punches above her weight in the gastronomy arena, which makes the island’s cuisine rank among her many loves.
People are always in awe of the flavours and want to know how they can get the ingredients so that they can replicate the taste in their own kitchens.
The use of locally grown produce, the aroma and zest of the island’s herbs and spices create pleasantly unexpected fusions and mouthwatering menus. This makes Jamaica a bucket list destination for creations that delight the palates of foodies.
Many foodies have travelled from far afield to the island to enjoy sumptuous treats. Likewise, many food aficionados have packed dining halls and five-star restaurants in Europe, North America, and places in-between, just to indulge in the unmistakable taste that is uniquely Jamaican.
The farm-to-table experience is a treat among the gastronomic offerings all wrapped up in the island’s tasty notes. The magic of Jamaican-infused meals is not served only in five-star restaurants, but is available in the most unexpected places on the island, like in a patty shop, on a coal pot at a roadside kitchen, at a jerk joint, the local Rastafarian ital stew pit stop, or an off-the-beaten path farm-to-table event.
A distinct feature that is key to making phenomenal dishes is access to fresh organic produce. Some attractions and accommodations offer guests the opportunity to participate in the cooking experience as many have a farm-to-table set-up, and this is very gratifying for guests.
The island’s authentic spices create a medley of flavours, making food an intricate part of everyday Jamaican experiences.
The warmth that oozes out of the food draws people to the island and is one of the main reasons people fall in love with Jamaica…again and again.
— Jamaica Tourist Board
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).