Kingston Kitchen had Hope Gardens buzzing with activity last Saturday. It was a great event for family, friends and foodies to unite for the love of food.
The event was well supported, probably the biggest staging I’ve ever seen. The logistics and execution of the event was quite commendable.
Just a few drawbacks for me. One bar was not enough for the event and amount of patrons. It was overcrowded to say the least.
I also believe that our Gastronomy network via the Tourism Industry should have been involved with the event to incorporate tourists from various hotels on the north coast of the island. Kingston Kitchen’s Night Market would have been an eye-opening experience for them to see so much of our culture in one area and in one night. The event would also expose them to Kingston, as many tourists are unaware of the many cultural activities, beauty and places to go that exist in Kingston. For the next Kingston Kitchen, I would like to see them in bus loads!
There were so many vendors to pick, choose and refuse from, Suga and husband went with a hit list.
Here is a reminder of what Kingston Kitchen had to offer in addition to entertainment for adults and kids:
I am proud to say my husband, Randy and I succeeded. We definitely took note of places to try in the near future as well.
MUST-STOPS AND GLAD BAG BUSS
● Stush in the Bush– A variety of unique Sauces, Spreads and Preserves made with love. Always a crowd pleaser.
● Lucky Strike Seafood Bar and Grill – Their Seafood bowl is always a hit. My husband approves!
● Street Food Saturdays – Fresh mint Lemonade, Street corn and more. They kept patrons coming all night!
● Fish Pot – Flavourful, peppery Fish soup. Great gas buster to prep for food galore.
●Simo’s Bread and Catering – Pastries, Soursop Popsicles, Dessert, Sauces, Seasonings. Excellent spread as usual from the main hands of it all, Christina Simonitsch.
● I Love Paella – Rich, flavourful Tapas! From Valencia with love. Bravas, Croquetas and Empañadas cooked right in front of you.
● Scott van Bonnet – New kid on the block from Blue Diamond Shopping Centre, Montego Bay. They had tasty Turkey and Lamb Wraps. Loved the infused flavours.
Coming soon to Kingston, Ocho Rios and Negril. Can’t wait!
● Topp In Designz Limited – Foodie Gear galore!
Suga had to cop this shirt!
● Gypsy House Tapas!
I have never thrown away food at Kingston Kitchen, but there is always a first. Trust me, I tried my best to eat their Seafood and Meat stacked Paella, but I just couldn’t get past the dry rice that nearly choked me and lack of flavour. It was horrible. Chef Enric’s, I Love Paella still stands as the place to go for authentic Valencian Paella.
● Soup King
They didn’t have any Soup for over an hour after the start time of the event. They seemed to have gotten things going later on in the night though.
SATISFYING STOPS #SugaSnaps
● Lyming at Walkerswood – Mannish water, Curried Goat and more. Jamaican cooked food that goes right to the heart and makes you feel at home.
● NCR Sheep Limited – Tasty Lamb sausage.
● Rolly Polly – Ice cream for adults and kids. I enjoyed my topping of Bailey’s rum cream on my Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream. Delish!
Patrons enjoyed their small giveaways, boomerang photo booth and money machine! Fun addition to the event.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES #SugaSpieswithHer4Eyes
> Fromage Bistro and Brasserie, Cafe Dolce, Pita Grill, Deaf Can! Coffee, Chocolate Dreams, Until We Eat Again, Cannonball Cafe, Pink Apron Jamaica, Tea Tree Créperie and Sip ‘n’ Go Juice Bar.
Suga didn’t get to stop by the usual crowd faves mentioned above, but I could see that they continued to please!
PLACES TO EXPERIENCE IN THE NEAR FUTURE #SugasRadar
> Eatopia Jamaica, WTF Burgers and 25 Wafflerie
Kudos to Director Leisha Wong, Melanie Miller and their team for their hard work, efforts and a well executed Foodie affair. #SugaEndorsed
Until the next one!
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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Which bush brings out the stush?! Nestled in Free Hill, Bamboo St. Ann you will find it. An Organic Farm, a Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant, Tours and Sightseeing all in one!
I am yet to visit the farm but I have tasted some of their products and been privileged to hear from the vibrant and eloquent, Lisa Binns, the lady in charge on the farm, as well as her husband, Chris, a bit on the quiet side but still brings a lot of personality to the table.
They produce sauces, preserves, dressings, breads and organic veggies. I had the pleasure of tasting their Vegan Basil Pesto, Chimichurri Sauce, Sweetie Cherry Tomato Marmalade, Limited Edition Lemon Curd and their Blow Fyah pepper sauce. The Blow Fyah pepper sauce blew my mind. The Lemon Curd was decent, but everything else was certainly delightful.
The Vegan Basil Pesto with arugula on pizza is a good combination. Their Chimichurri Sauce complemented fried green seasoned plantain chips well and it has been recommended to add it to steak and pork chops. The Sweetie Cherry Tomato Marmalade and Blow Fyah pepper sauce can be eaten with just about everything. For instance, the Marmalade can be eaten on burgers and cheese on bread, while I tried the Blow Fyah sauce with roasted potatoes and grilled chicken sausages topped with cheese and tomatoes. I had some water close by to cool me down a bit because it really was ‘fyah’ but so tasty and rich in flavourful herbs and spices.
Stush in the Bush is surely on a growing path and may one day even be a Bed and Breakfast. They are Observer Food Awards’ nominees for Best New Food Item and Best Producer. Good luck to them.
Visit their Facebook page, STUSH in the BUSH for more information and for booking tours and lunch. Their products can currently be found at CPJ Market in Courtyard 71 and Uncorked in Sovereign North.