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Jamaica Epicurean Escape 2014: A Food Lovers Paradise

The beautiful Island of Jamaica is synonymous with a melting pot of Culture and an extensive cuisine. This country is home to a diverse group of people who has their own food culture that is endemic to them. In 2012, a group of Jamaican Entrepreneurs and Marketing executives came together to create “The Jamaica Epicurean Escape”.

The Jamaican Epicurean Escape is a food lover’s paradise which will be held in the beautiful garden parish of St. Ann on the Grizzly’s Plantation Cove. The location is ideal as it is the centre of the North Coast which makes it easy for locals and visitors alike to easily find the venue. If you are in any way familiar with the parish of St. Ann you would have realized it is the home of the well renowned Dunns River Falls which is only 6 miles of the Venue.

The Jamaica Epicurean Escape 2014 promises to be the major Food related event for this entire year and is sure to be on everyone’s lips all the way into 2014! The event will bring together Food, Music and Culture over the course of 3 days. The objective of the Festival is to showcase some of Jamaica’s best Food, Music and of course Culture, while giving back to the Jamaican economy on a whole. The event will feature some of Jamaica’s well renowned Chefs, Restaurants and Brands as well as International Chefs and International Artistes. Patrons will be treated to the Cuisines of some of Jamaica’s top Chefs and International Chefs like Ted Reader from Ontario, the executive Chef at Skydome Hotel at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Event Dates and Ticket Information

The event will run from May 23- 25, 2014: Each day will highlight a specific aspect of the Culture and patrons will have access to different parts of the event based on their Tickets. Tickets start at $45 usd for Adults and $25 usd for Children. A general ticket includes:
Taste coupons that will allow you to sample food from up to six (6) food stations.
Access to seminars, demonstrations, entertainment
Access to discount child ticket
On-site parking

There is also a section of the Event called “The Lounge” which will be V.I.P and those tickets will attract a cost of $85usd. Features of “The Lounge includes:
Access to the Exclusive Lounge at the Global Escape and Caribbean Escape
Front Stage access for entertainment
Gourmet food & drinks in the Lounge
Exclusive Lounge parking access

All tickets can be found online at www.touchtix.net. If you are looking to have an all access experience, a Season pass will be your best bet. This will include all the features of the General Ticket, The Lounge and also the opportunity to get extensive certificate training in Raw Food cooking.

If you are not yet excited check out some of the pictures from the 2012 staging and you will fully understand the scope of this event. If you are not that into food but is music enthusiastic, be prepared to be blown away by the musical stylings of Award Winning, International Singer Miss Melba Moore. Melba Moore has had chart topping hits like “This is it”, “You Stepped Into My Life” and “A Little Bit More” with Freddie Jackson. The Line- up of Entertainers also includes Singer Song writer Bryan Art, Reajhaune Baptiste , Trevelle , Suzanne Couch , One Third and Christopher Wright.

Things to Do at the Festival

This is not only a Music and Food Festival but it also highlights aspects of Jamaican Culture. There will be a Farmers Market where patrons will be able to purchase Fresh Produce from local Farmers. There will also be local and international Brands on display at a discounted cost. After patrons are treated to the wonderful taste of the food, they will also have the chance to take the spices back home with them to their respective countries. While you are at the event , support “Brand Jamaica “ by purchasing items such as clothing , accessories and even shoes from talented local vendors and designers. Be sure to dress comfortably as this is an all-day outdoor event. Ensure that you take sunblock, a hat, water and an umbrella with you as May is deemed as the rainy season in Jamaica and you would not want to be soaked.

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About Author: Lorane Rhoden

Lorane "Rane" Rhoden is a Jamaican based Lifestyle Blogger. Rane is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona where she earned a B.A in Language, Communication & Society. In 2011 she was nominated for Best Fashion Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog at the Jamaica Blog Awards.