Gastronomy Network launched by Jamaica Tourism for fostering culinary tourism

Published on : Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jamaica TourismThe Jamaican Gastronomy Network created for encouraging growth of culinary tourism is a niche product of Jamaica. The Jamaica Blue Mountain Tour will be one of the first projects of this network. As the Gastronomy Network of the Ministry of Tourism Jamaica hosted the soft launch of the Blue Mountain Culinary Tour on Sunday March 26, 2017, the rich history, cuisine and culture of the Blue Mountain region were elaborately displayed.

The tour currently features 15 participating eateries and attractions such as Café Blue, The Gap Café, RafJam Bed and Breakfast and Old Tavern Coffee Estate, and more are expected to come on board before the trail officially begins later this year. Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett speaking at the launch ceremony at Belcour Lodge in Irish Town, said that the concept was designed not only to showcase gastronomical variety of the region, but also to benefit community members and tour operators for carrying out business in the area.

To quote Minister Bartlett, “We are trying to bring the wealth of tourism into the communities that are in the Blue Mountain Area. The concept is a low density, low impact, soft tourism which drives a different type of demographic. It will bring a mixture of nature and creativity with additional efforts on our parts to include a little bit of hard infrastructure work, because we have to do the tours along nice roadways.” This tour is great for culinary enthusiasts, featuring unique eateries, along with coffee farm experiences, traditional local cuisine, and Jamaican fusion cuisine. The tour is also customizable. As per Chairman of the Gastronomy Network, Nicola Madden-Grieg, “Tour guides have the option to combine the culinary experiences with stops at places such as New Castle, Heritage Gardens, and Holywell. Individuals as well as tour operators may also choose to have their own itineraries including stops at area bars and food stalls.”

The Jamaican Ministry also disclosed that Gastronomy Network will also be hosting the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival in March 2018, which will be a three-day event.

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