It’s hard to believe, with all the wonderful food Jamaica has to offer, that this is only the second ever Jamaica Food and Drink Festival. This annual five day celebration of all things Jamaican food is an unmissable event for foodies everywhere. Playing host to different Jamaican culinary experiences including, Pork Palooza at Hope Botanical Gardens, a gastronomic feast promised at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Then there’s Skewers and Spirts, described as Upper East Side meets east London lounge vibe offering barbecued meats and fish themed with bourbon and gin. Who needs Miami when you have this on your doorstep?
As a huge fan of Jamaican street food, there was only one place I was going to be – Jamaica’s only Food Truck Festival at Meet Street. The normally sandy stretch of Barbican Beach Bar on Kings House road in Kingston was trucked up to the max with vendors as 90s hip hop played from giant speakers and quite a few people lip-syncing to Naughty by Nature’s OPP remix.
Meet Street had everything including Flamin Wok covering the Chinese food station, Kokanot Grill, Two Flights Up, Jonkonoo Jerk Burgers (House of Loaves) , Bad Dawg, Copperwood Road Hog and generally more pork than you could shake a stick at. Sweet treats from Levy’s and frozen yoghurt from Tutti Fruitti. I’m a creature of habit and after much deliberation I headed to Veggie Meals on Wheels, they’re normally at Regal Plaza down Crossroads. Serving up delicious ways to improve tofu that doesn’t involve deep frying the hell out of it – if you’ve never tried pineapple or jerk tofu, you’re in for a treat.