Spice+Scotch @Jamaica Food+Drink Festival
Chef Haleem Card prepared the lemon pepper chicken taco at the Tacbar booth.(Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The spotlight was on spice and scotch Saturday last, October 29, at the Jamaica Food+Drink Festival (JFDF), Picante, held on the lawns of the West and East Palm Drive of Hope Gardens.

Listed as the event on the JFDF roster that takes you through a world of hot, zesty flavours with a fusion of flavourful spices and dishes from across the globe, the event featured the culinary prowess of Christian Sweeney, Lisa Chin, Débè-Ann Lange-Chen, Shea Stewart, Kara Pessoa, Haleem Crad, Mark Cole and Evrol Ebanks.

The evening's favourites included Rick's Cafe Steamed Mussels, Tacbar's Lemon Pepper-Chicken Taco and Fromage's Honey Scotchy Scallops with Bacon Butter Corn Hash.

The evening's presenting sponsors were CB Foods, Visa and Johnnie Walker.

Thursday Food shares highlights.

Livestock Support Senior Manager Dr Gabrielle Young tried the Honey Siracha Sauce at the CB booth. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Loeri Robinson, unit manager, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, enjoyed the offerings from the CB booth. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
(Photo: Garfield Robinson)
CB Foods ambassador Brianna Davidson (right) served an order of grilled chicken to National consultant Alicia Abrahams. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Surgeon Kelly Johnson opted for a taste of the Korean BBQ Sauce. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Rainforest Chef Evrol Ebanks (left) enticed public relations manager at Nestlé Anglo-Dutch Caribbean Garfene Grandison with steamed mussels and parmesan spaghetti. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Johnnie Walker ambassador Rashana Ellis was caught mid-pour. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Finance manager Georgia Francis (left) and Terry-Ann Campbell, executive assistant, Caribbean Broilers, took a moment to face the Thursday Food shutterbug. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Christina Plummer, assistant manager, VMBS helped herself to a serving of the cinnamon orange oakwood chicken flatbread with Moroccan taktouka and Scotch bonnet butter plantains from the Visa booth. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
The Jamaica Pegasus hotel trio of (from left) Senior Sous-Chef Patrice Malcolm; sous-chef Matthew Bancroft Jr and Executive Chef Mark Cole prepared the fully loaded stuffed potatoes with pork, black beans sweet corn and jerk sauce. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Jacques Young, sales manager, Lydford Logistics Ltd, enjoyed Tacbar's lemon pepper chicken taco. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Travel, wellness and lifestyle content creator Chanel DaCosta opted for a Don Julio cocktail.(Photo: Garfield Robinson)
From left: Lauren Innis, banker; Kristina Rattray, banker; Shanique McPhail, actuarial analyst; Shanique Sergeant, financial advisor; Nastassja Grant, sales administrative officer; Mikhail Powell, trader, NCB Capital Markets; and Brianne St Juste, auditor, were big fans of the Cavicchioli 1928 Spumante Rosé with cotton-candy garnishing from Select Brand.(Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Cosmetologist Charmane Dixon (left) and Terren McLean, manager, Progressive Grocers raised Tanqueray Gin toasts. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Dr Ashley-Rae Kelly (left) and Dr Vanessa Minott enjoyed the spicy pineapple rum cake dessert from the Tortuga booth. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Influencer Kaci Fennell Shirley indulged in a spicy beef treat. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Chef Lisa Chin served accountant Merrick Marshall a portion of honey scotchy scallops with bacon butter corn hash. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Spotted at Picante were Captain Lisa Elliott, NCB Hagley Park Branch Manager Desron Graham (left) and engineer Michael Foster. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Dennis Grant, CEO at Cari-Med Group Ltd, and his daughter Danielle Grant, auditor, PWC, bonded over drinks from Johnnie Walker. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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