Epicurean Village Activities & Layout

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Our presentation for 2013 will again feature over 40 chefs and food stations showcasing Jamaican, International and Fusion menus. Patrons will be able to taste from a variety of food stations and will enjoy a truly epicurean experience. In addition there will be many special activities to delight and entertain.

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This will be our dine-in seated restaurant in which we will host a four or five course meal exquisitely prepared by a cadre of top-class chefs.  The feast will take place between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm each day and only a limited number of tickets will be sold for these events. All tickets will be pre-sold.

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A mini Expo featuring catering and banqueting supplies will be added to the experience. This will allow patrons to peruse professional and state-of-the-art equipment and supplies relating to the culinary industry. It will offer exhibitors a very key and prime target market at a time of year that persons are preparing to spend for the Christmas season.

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The objective of the Jamaica Epicurean Escape is to showcase as much variety as possible of the top products available to the consumers in Jamaica, with special emphasis on Jamaican products. With this in mind the 2013 event will add a Wines, Beers and Spirits Expo to the Festival. It will be housed covered 4,000 sq.ft. area and will feature three main areas.


The Vineyard will feature a selection of fine wines and champagne. Companies are invited to display their portfolio and to sample to patrons. Sales by the glass as well as the bottle will be allowed.


The Still will showcase rum, whisky, vodka and other spirits. From aged rums to single malt scotch and other high end and rare liquor. Brew Masters are invited to share their expertise on the finer facts of the differing tastes and stilling of each. Patrons should be able to sample, and buy the products if they wish.


The Brewery will of course feature beers, stouts and other brewed products. Local and international Brew-masters can be invited to make presentations on the art of brewing. Beer Sommeliers and tasters can give beer tasting tips and describe the differences between different types and styles of beers and their respective ingredients.  While Red Stripe is the considered “The Beer” in Jamaica this will give opportunity for other beers, even within the Diageo portfolio to be showcased.

The whole idea behind the Wine, Spirits and Beer Expo is to promote and educate the market about these products, identifying subtle differences and expanding the taste of the market. Over time this will help to create a stronger culture for each of the categories. All participants will be able to sample and sell their products.

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 A well-dressed table is a key part of any event whether it’s large or small.  The Jamaica Epicurean Escape will  present The  Table Top Competition.  Young and aspiring caterers, event planners and decorators are invited to showcase their most creative and unique ideas for a table of eight. Prizes will be awarded for Most Innovative, Most Viable Concept and the Best of

Entrants will be required to come up with a table top design that will represent one of a selection of themes. The Table Top Competition will be  a fun and creative persons to show off their skills. Winners will get bragging rights, a trophy and some cash for their efforts.

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Everyone loves a competition and the Jamaica Epicurean Escape will introduce The Epicurean Awards in 2013.  The criteria for these awards will try to determine the very best that we have to offer. In Jamaica. Categories such as : Best Booth; Best Chef; Best Menu; Best New Food Product; Best New Beverage Product; and so on will be judged. Prizes are to be determined but will include, cash, trophies, scholarships and exchange programmes


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Each year the Jamaica Epicurean Escape will feature on main food product that has been an integral component in Jamaica’s culinary history.

2013 marks 285 years since coffee was introduced into Jamaica by then governor, Sir Nicholas Lawes and. The Jamaica Epicurean Escape considers it fitting to celebrate this significant milestone by creating a Coffee Village as the centerpiece of this year’s festival.

The Village will comprise the following elements:

• An exhibition tracing the development of the island’s coffee industry
• Individual exhibits by coffee companies
• Coffee shop featuring products made with coffee – pastry, beverages, sauces, ice cream, candles, liqueurs etc.
• Dedicated chef who will develop unique dishes using coffee
• Cookbooks featuring Coffee recipes.
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The Jamaica Epicurean Escape is not just about tasting but also about offering the opportunity for our patrons to learn. Several seminars and demonstrations will be hosted that will feature topics from the intricacies and nuances of different wines to special techniques in preparing different dishes.   Top chefs, Sommeliers and other experts will share their knowledge over the two days.

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Our artist village, which surrounds Central Park, will house a minimum of  10 of Jamaica’s finest artists and artisans and craftsmen who will present fine art, jewelry, ceramics and much more.  Patrons will be able to choose from a variety of original pieces

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Central Park will be exactly as the name implies.  It will be a relaxing green area in the centre of the village. Here our patrons will be able to relax with and enjoy the beauty of the venue while eating, having a drink, or just hanging with friends and family. 

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The Jamaica Epicurean Escape will work with a combination of farmers  and greenhouse growers to offer a Farmers Market. A little different to the traditional market, our Farmers market will emulate the Farm To Table experience.  Patrons will be able to pick their fruit and vegetable, and get their fresh fruit juice or salad made on spot.   Of course if they wish to take stuff home, that will also be possible. This is all in keeping with the Festivals Green objectives as it relates to developing sustainability in our environment.

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Our hotels that sponsor the event use it to showcase their finest offering by setting up Gourmet Food stations. These gourmet stations feature the hotel’s executive chefs with their signature menus.

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The media centre and social media lounge will be the hub of all media activities and social interaction with off-site audience. This area will house our media interviews with celebrity chefs, entertainers, sponsors and other persons of interest. In addition it will be the centre for our live stream to the off-site audience with Twitter and Facebook integration.

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A fully self-contained area where children of all ages can play, eat and learn. Various rides, games, art and craft, cooking demonstrations and more, will al be available to our young patrons.  Parents will be able to leave their children in the care of experienced professionals from one of Jamaica’s most well-known and reputable children centres, Rainbowland.  Parents only challenge will be getting their children to want to leave. This will be an all-inclusive area where one price will offer all the amenities, food and drink. 


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A premier feature of the Jamaica Epicurean Escape is celebrity chef demonstrations on stage. The Festival will have two celebrity kitchens from which various local and international celebrity chefs will demonstrate their special techniques for the audience. Four (4) Chef demonstrations featuring top chefs will take place each day with times running from approximately 11 am to 4 pm. Our patrons will be able to watch as these chefs create their masterpieces and be able to sample the goodies when they are done. 

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Jamaica’s music and cultural offerings are extensive and unique.  The Jamaica Epicurean Escape will interweave the cultural and traditional with the modern and contemporary,   showcasing young and upcoming talent as well as established performers.  Musicians, drummers, dancers, singers and more will grace the stages throughout the day.  Each day will end with a  musical concert featuring top class performers.  

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As its name suggests this area will feature a basket of small manufacturers of authentic Jamaican  packaged  foods  that are sold locally and abroad. It will give the opportunity for these producers to showcase and sell their products.  All products on show will be utilized in specially developed menus so that our patrons can have a firsthand experience on the taste of the products. 
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Of course the main feature of The Jamaica Epicurean Escape  is food and as such we will have over 40 food stations hosting the finest chefs, with a wide variety of Jamaican and International food. Our chefs are hand-picked based on their expertise and experience and their menus are prepared specially for the festival ensuring that each bite is a gastronomic delight.

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We have different ways that you can enhance your Epicurean Experience.  One is our Cabana Experience which will offer patrons the ultimate experience while attending the event.  Cabanas will be raised above the crowd giving an unmatched view of the entire venue and the stage. It’s a perfect solution for entertaining friends, family or special clients to create a most memorable experience. Unique to the cabanas is a premium food service which allows each cabana owner to choose from a selection of menus ahead of the event and have a dedicated chef.  The Cabana package accommodates 14 persons.

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Our Corporate Suites will house Companies who wish to entertain large numbers of clients in a comfortable area and also use the opportunity to promote their services and products to other patrons at the event.