Devon House Ice Cream -bigger and better
Efforts to bolster Devon House as the epicentre of Gastronomy in Kingston, has been increased with the official opening of an expanded ‘I-Scream’ parlour on the north lawns of the property on Tuesday.
The new property was created to address growing public concerns about the wait time to purchase ice cream, especially on weekends and public holidays. The brand new 5,000 square feet facility, doubles the size of its previously located courtyard and kiosk outlets on the property.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, shares that the new parlour is a mere fraction of the culinary tourism plans his ministry has in place for the iconic Devon House facility.
“I want to indicate to you that a few weeks ago we launched the gastronomy centre of the Caribbean right here at Devon House, and we have intentions to build out a Caribbean experience that will involve culinary tourism. We want to ensure that when you leave Devon House, you will not only have ice cream but all the other delicacies which have come out of the confluence of cultures and ethnicities of our people,” said Bartlett.
The Minister also explained that the vision of the Devon House cultural experience as well as the iconic ‘I-Scream’ brand, was that of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.
“Tonight I am very glad to see what has been done with Devon House. I want to in particular, commend the minister of tourism for seeing what I had in mind and giving it his blessing by continuing it,” Seaga noted.
He also shared that he was responsible for naming the ice cream brand.
“When I was a youngster, my father used to say ‘I scream, you scream, we all scream’ and I said but wait, that sounds like a very good thing, we can name the ice cream parlour that — and that’s what happened.”