The Jamaica Epicurean Escape - The Perfect Way to Start the Christmas Season.
The Jamaica Epicurean Escape (JEE) is the perfect way for family and friends to kick off the Christmas season. This food extravaganza which will be held at the Richmond Estate, St Ann, on December 1 and 2 will provide you with a wide range of delectable dishes, exciting entertainment for all ages and the warmth and camaraderie of the JEE extended family circle.
"The food will obviously be the centre of the festival as it is with any family celebration," notes Lorraine Fung, food consultant to the JEE as she gives as a glimpse of what to expect at Richmond Estate. "We have organized the festival to represent a variety of styles of cooking to satisfy every palate. The venue will be transformed to represent a village with different zones focusing on different types of cuisine. The largest our Out of Many zone which will feature Jamaican Yaad style food such as our ackee and salt fish, stews, soups, seafood and so on as well as our Fusion style food presented especially by our young chefs as they combine our Jamaican favourites with the elements and spices of other cultures, creating exciting new dishes that embody the Jamaican spirit of inclusion and sharing. The Global zone will give a taste of Indian, Chinese, Italian, Greek, African and more. For those who prefer not to have meat we have the organic avenue which features, vegetarian, vegan and raw organic food. And of course, there are the gourmet offerings; so there is something for everyone.
"While we have been highlighting our top chefs and caterers so far, I am very proud of the fact that we are providing a platform for several young chefs who are embarking on their own businesses. Participating in the festival are Kushite's Catering, Bellyful Deli, Gourmet Cookies; Chefsforlife, Homechefs Seasonings, Veggie Meals on Wheels, Café Africa, IsleChix and many more. We are also featuring a number of student chefs from HEART/NTA, UTech School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Trinidad Culinary Institute. It will be a delightful event and we look forward to cooking something special for you and your family."
But, there will be more than food to hold your interest, as Maxine McDonnough, Communications manager of the JEE, shares. "We have a full programme of activity to keep you busy for the entire day. There are a number of seminars, cooking demonstrations, cookoffs and fun interactive competitions in which our patrons can become involved. In addition a group of talented Jamaican artists will be participating in what we describe as an Artisan's Village where you will be able purchase outstanding pieces of Jamaican artwork at very reasonable prices. And, yes, we do have entertainment - drummers, dancers, singers - the whole spectrum of Jamaica's offerings. If you simply want to relax, hang with friends and family and enjoy the cooling sea breeze and look at the ocean, you can do that too.