Destination Cocktails with JFDF
Bartender Brian Broderick from the Johnnie Walker station prepared the Johnnie Walker Whisky Berry. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The Jamaica Food and Drink Festival (JFDF), now in its ninth year, has established itself as an annual calendar must-do for food and drink enthusiasts. The challenge continues to be which events to not attend! Thursday Food remains nonplussed and as such takes them all in. How were we expected to feign indifference Friday last, to "Destination Cocktails: It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" hosted at the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen?

The impressive range of cocktails served at five different drink stations with each offering expertly crafted cocktails transported attendees to various destinations around the world. These bars included Select Brands, Seprod, CPJ, Worthy Park, and Johnnie Walker. Two of the crowd favourites included the Spirit of Cancun from CPJ and the Galhattan from Worthy Park.

While the drinks took centre stage at Destination Cocktails, the event was not short on delectable pickings: Rainforest: Japanese delights by Chef Oggie Caliguia; Dom's Pizza: Italian delicacies by Chef Dominic Pearson; Mediterranean style by JFDF resident Chef Celeste Gordon; Thai temptations from Orchid Thai; and Mexican favourites courtesy of Taco Spots.

Travel theme paraphenalia and spot giveaways further enhanced the experience.

Nicole Pandohie, managing director of the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen, shared her delight with Thursday Food about this year's JFDF. "For our ninth year we decided to come bigger and better as we count down to our 10th staging. Destination Cocktails is something we've always wanted to do, and having a versatile space like this has given us the impetus. We're so blown away by the response, so far. We wanted to create an event that would not only celebrate the art of mixology but would, too, allow patrons to embark on a unique and immersive, global, culinary journey."

It was mission accomplished!

Join Thursday Food at Hope Gardens, this evening for Pork Palooza; on Friday for Picante; and at Port Royal on Saturday for The Meet Street & Market.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from Mystic Thai (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Adrian Campbell, creative lead, The LAB, helped Courtney Payne, junior architect at Stiebel and Co, with chicken satay from Mystic Thai. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Chef Oggie Caliguia (left) was pleased to serve Chef Jerron Green some of the Japanese delicacies he created using Rainforest products. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Anelia Nelson (left), trade and investment officer, Jampro, and Suzan Chisholm, business development executive, Symptai Consulting Limited, helped themselves to Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from Mystic Thai. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
The Galhattan Martini from Worthy Park (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
The Spirit of Cancun from the CPJ station (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
The Laverstocke cocktail from the CPJ station (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
A creamy delight from the Seprod bar made with Supligen Max. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Digicel Jamaica CEO Stephen Muran and his attorney-at-law wife Krystal opted for the Laverstocke and the Meet Me in Cabo, respectively, from CPJ bar. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Business consulting manager at EY Marcella Seivwright (left) and Keisha Gonzales, chartered accountant, made sure to try the Supligen Max-made drink from the Seprod station. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
The JFDF team of Matthew Lyn, CEO, CB Group; Alicia Bogues (left), director; and Nicole Pandohie, managing director (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Tatemado Colima Style (Chicken) from Taco Spot (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Moroccan Couscous with Seafood and Chermoula (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Sushi rolls from the Rainforest station (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Georgia Bayley, documentation analyst, added soy sauce to sushi from the Rainforest station. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Audrey McIntosh, head of private banking at National Commercial Bank (NCB), was fond of the Street Style Thai Dumplings from Mystic Thai. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Mini Greek Style Lamb Pita Sandwich with Garlic Mint Yogurt from the Mediterranean section (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Spinach and Feta Phyllo Cigar Roll from the Mediterranean section (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Square-made pizza from Dom's Pizza (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Street Style Thai Dumplings (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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