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The best of Jamaica's local cuisine showcased at 13th annual Epicurean Escape

  • 31-Jul-12 17:29
  • Jamaica
  • Caribbean News Digital

Next November Jamaica will host a culinary extravaganza like no other with the 13th Epicurean Escape, a food festival that will showcase the best of local Jamaican cuisine, giving those on Jamaica holidays the opportunity to sample the country's finest dishes, drinks and entertainment.

The best of Jamaica's local cuisine showcased at 13th annual Epicurean Escape

Inviting visitors from the world over to sample the tasty delights of authentic Jamaican cuisine, next November will see Jamaica host the 13th annual Jamaica Epicurean Escape (JEE), an event that gives participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of gourmet delicacies, local history and lively entertainment.

Offering visitors with a culinary preview of what makes a Jamaica holiday so exciting in terms of the culinary experiences to be had, the event will be taking place over a course of three days and the international food festival will display mouthwatering dishes presented by top celebrity chefs and accompanied by a fine selection of premium wines. First class entertainment will also be provided thorughout the event to evoke Jamaica’s vibrant, colourful and dynamic culture. The event takes even more significance in 2012 as this is the year in which Jamaica celebrates its 50th year of Independence.

 13th annual Jamaica Epicurean Escape
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The Richmond Estate in Priory, St Ann, near the popular beach holiday resort of Ocho Rios, will be hosting the event which will kick off with a grand opening ceremony and a special charity dinner to be held on Thursday, 22nd November, which will coincide with Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

Along with a wide array of mouth-watering dishes by top-ranked chefs, this gastronomic extravaganza will feature top-shelf wines, sidewalk cafes, mixology and cooking demonstrations, competitions, giveaways and late night parties. Additionally, the main attraction will be a grand tasting tent. Those lucky enough to enjoying Jamaica holidays during the culinary event will get to sample the best of Jamaican fare as a great addition to the overal holiday experience.

November holds other surprises in the Jamaican calendar as also in this month the 7th annual Restaurant Week, Jamaica will offer tourists and locals alike the opportunity to experience “adventures in tastes for less.” The 7-day culinary festivity, traking place from 13th to 20th November, will serve up Jamaica’s tastiest food fare at discounted prices of up to 50 percent off at participating restaurants in Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

 2012 CB Pan Chicken Championship
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In addition to this, the 2012 CB Pan Chicken Championship returns on Sunday, November 18. Following a series of exciting regional competitions and events, the first and second place winners from each parish will compete in a cook off for the championship title.

The finals will take place on Ocean Boulevard in the historic downtown Kingston. Courtesy of Churches Co-operative Credit Union (CCCU), the winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize of over half a million Jamaican dollars for being awarded Jamaica's most creative jerk chicken chef.

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