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Celebration of Fine Jamaican Cuisine

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Montego Bay Chapter hosted its annual 'Celebration of Fine Jamaican Cuisines' on the lawns of the historic Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay last Saturday.

The food-and wine-pairing event is now in its seventh year and, with over 500 attendees at this year's staging, it has seemingly hit a sweet spot for foodies out west. Indeed, it was a veritable confab of the city's tourism players, corporate executives, politicos and bon vivants who savoured bites from many of the top hotels.

Participating hotels included Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Half Moon, Holiday Inn Resort, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Tryall Club, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts along with support from HEART Trust/NTA and Crazy Jim Ice Cream. Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) provided the preferred wine pairings while Appleton Estate and Pure Country juices provided added libations.

The evening's entertainment was handled by the Jumanji Band. Special guest singer Mario Evon built up a good vibe with the audience during his well-received set. Reggae Tech handled the turntables thereafter, giving patrons a well-needed opportunity to burn off some of the calories.

Food and entertainment aside, the event serves as the main fund-raising activity of the organisers, with millions of dollars raised and disbursed to several groups and individuals, to assist especially with educational needs.

“This year was the largest we have seen in support since the start; we are projecting almost $1million in profit. The proceeds from the event will go towards JHTA charities, our Save the Child Programme and the Montego Bay Learning Centre. This institution caters to physically challenged students from primary through to high school,” stated Omar Robinson, president, JHTA.

Robinson went on to laud the efforts of the hospitality partners who participated and expressed optimism for the event and future stagings.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners for their continued support and we look forward to making the event even better. It has grown significantly over the years and has become a staple on the events calendar in Montego Bay. We are happy, the feedback has been positive and we were able to raise much-needed funds to assist in the work of our charities,” Robinson concluded.

— Aceion Cunningham