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JFDF Takes It To The 'Street'

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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For the penultimate night of the seven-event Jamaica Food & Drink Festival (JFDF) roster, Kingston's downtown waterfront was transformed into a foodie's paradise for Meet Street & The Market.

The mid-afternoon to midnight food fair, mounted by the CB Foods Group on Saturday, October 28, and curated by event manager Leisha Wong and project managers Nasma Chin and Nicole Pandohie, stacked the deck with a diverse mix of food trucks and tents.

A steady stream of people flowed into the location, ready to indulge their palates with a smorgasbord of eats, sweets and ice-cold treats. On offer from the almost 30 truck and tent purveyors were braised oxtail and grilled cheese from House of Loaves, freshly blended fruit smoothies from Sip 'N Go, jerk rabbit (fried and jerk chicken, too) from Martin's Jerk, chickpeas and avocado tempeh from Veggie Meals on Wheels, guava-glazed turkey neck and salt fish mac-and-cheese balls from Street Food Saturdays, oxtail and curry goat from M10 — a mere taste of the many options.

The young as well as the young at heart were strategically factored into the event's equation, too, as the National booth provided not only their range of snacks but a face-painting clown and video game station; Yello Media Group's booth had cotton candy and sno-cones while Tutti Frutti lured with its much-beloved frozen yogurt line of flavours.

“JFDF proudly partnered with Kingston & St Andrew Corporation to celebrate Kingston's 145th anniversary as the nation's capital, so it was only right that we utilised the historic waterfront downtown to create a true food festival experience,” CB Foods Regional Development Manager & Jamaica Food & Drink Festival director Alicia Bogues told Thursday Food.

“Our family event in the series, Meet Street encouraged everyone to meet up, eat up and drink up while enjoying live music amid the picturesque backdrop of the harbour. It was simply magical and showcased the vibrancy of all that is this great city.”

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