Downtown nice again! The 5th event of the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival (JFDF) took things downtown at Kingston’s Waterfront. Meet Street and the Market offered a more laid-back, street food set up that is fun for the entire family. Street food is ready-to-eat food or drinks sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place, such as at a market or fair. It is often sold from a portable food booth, food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption.
When The Haute Lifestyle arrived at the venue, it was just after 5pm and the vibes were already turnt up! I’ll say this once and I’ll say it again “If you want to have a successful event, you need to have a great Dj”- Music is the backbone of any event! The set-up was more open and the layout similar to “International Street Food Festival” held in Australia (I saw the pictures) and people were out in their numbers.
Imagine a shopping village with a vast number of booths and food stations but for food. There were food stations as far as the eye could see and I was happily overwhelmed.
First was soup to open my appetite from Soup King where I opted for the Seafood Medley which did not disappoint! The favorite Jamaican Saturday One Pot Meal had just the right amount of spice, enough vegetables and featured a huge Cray-Fish! At $200 for a small, the serving was quite generous and well worth it.
After I had settled and browsed a few stations, I decided on my second meal which was a Big Juicy Audacious Burger from Bonafide Burgers! This selection was easy as Burgers are my favorite food and I just had to try it. When the young lady at the booth informed me I would be getting “the works” with cheese, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomato and a special sauce I was over the moon excited. I had to wait about 3 minutes and paid at a separate booth, but it was well worth it. As I grasped it firmly between my fingers and lifted it ever so gently to my mouth and anticipated the taste, it was love at first bite! The burger was complimented by various chips instead of fries including salted, barbecue and sweet potato — wh
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To wash it all down, I opted for non-alcoholic and went with a Cran-Wata from the Wata brand which was chilled and combated with the after 5 pm heat.
The Dj then switched to a Live Band which got the audience swinging to some of Jamaica’s earlier sounds like Mento and Ska which got the patrons dancing between meals and while having a grand time. By this time It was dark and I decided to chill and made my way to take in the view of the waterfront where the water seemed to glisten in the sunset. It was here that I contemplated what my last meal would be as I was already full!
The final meal of the night was a Beef Lasagna from Mark Chong’s Custom Catering –you know when you get a serving of Lasagne here in Jamaica how tiny and sad it is? This was not that Lasagne my friends! It was a hefty serving for $600 that had layers upon layers of equal amounts of meat and cheese and it was good! It was truly one of the best Lasagne’s I’ve ever had as it relates to serving size and taste and I will definitely be visiting Mark Chong’s Custom Catering for that specific Lasagne. It took me a good 10 minutes to finish (no joke) and when I did I was even more full but satisfied ?
As I made my way back to the parking lot and made my way back home, I was grateful to have experienced #JFDF for the second year and Is already looking forward to next year!