Palates Delighted at Seafood Festival
The only thing that beats the smell of delicious food aromas is enjoying them everywhere you go. Such was the case at the Rainforest Seafoods Festival, which brought out food lovers in their thousands to eyeball, devour and savour!
From perfectly grilled lobster to shrimp and fish done in a variety of ways, accompanied by a host of sides and even a selection of non-seafood dishes, the festival delivered what can only be described as food lovers' heaven at its third annual staging last Wednesday at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.
Restaurant operators came from as far away as Kingston and Manchester to set up booths at the venue, where they displayed their freshly cooked scrumptious seafood dishes and other delights. Notable restaurants include Little Ochie, based in Allegator Pond, Manchester; The Fish Pot, based in Kingston; and Montego Bay's favourite jerk spot, Scotchies.
In addition to hot meals, National Bakery, Tortuga Rum Cakes, JP Tropical Foods Limited and a host of walk-through vendors supplied a range of pastries; while Tutti Frutti and Fresh Island Smoothies provided cold delights.
"I come here with my family from St Catherine every year," said Richard Bennett, current National Champion Farmer for Jamaica. "This is a wonderful event that showcases the best of our local food industry, and as I love to cook and eat, it is one of the few food festivals that I really enjoy."
Along with food vendors, several corporate entities were also on show at the festival, proceeds of which go directly to the Cornwall Regional Hospital's We Care Foundation.
"It's very important to us as the first bank in Jamaica to maintain a presence, especially in communities that we serve, and given that this is a festival which supports charity, we saw it fitting to support the initiative," Juliet Williams, business banker at National Commercial Bank, St James' Street, Montego Bay, told Food.
Some of this year's sponsors included Ward's Power Tools, Boom Energy Drink, Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, National Baking Co Ltd, and ATL Automotive Ltd.