JAMAICA
BLUE MOUNTAIN

COFFEE FESTIVAL

CARIBBEAN'S PREMIER COFFEE FESTIVAL

The 3rd annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee festival takes place in the hills of the world renowned Blue Mountain on historic grounds in Newcastle. With the music city of Kingston as your backdrop, come and experience three days of Jamaican food, coffee and culture along the Blue Mountain Culinary Trail, with indigenous arts and crafts showcases, live Reggae music performances and tours to some of Jamaica’s best kept secrets.

Venue Location

Newcastle, St. Andrew, Jamaica

Hotels

Kingston, has some of the best accommodation options for this event.

Transport Facilities

Ticket prices include shuttle service from the UTECH campus.

Venue Location

Newcastle, St. Andrew, Jamaica

Hotels

Kingston, has some of the best accommodation options for this event.

Transport Facilities

Ticket prices include shuttle service from the UTECH campus.

19 MARCH 2020
9:00AM to 5:00PM

TRADE DAY

Hosted in conjunction with Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and other private-sector sponsors, the Trade Day is to be one of education, networking and information sharing geared towards Coffee Farmers, Coffee Processors and Coffee Value-Added Products.

21 MARCH 2020
10:00AM to 6:00PM

FESTIVAL MARKETPLACE

The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival is designed as Jamaica’s flagship coffee festival, offering an immersive experience from farm to cup (and plate), and also demonstrating our rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region. The festival will feature Blue Mountain coffee and coffee related products, food stalls, tasting, demonstrations and workshops and will bring together local and international coffee connoisseurs, coffee suppliers, foodies and other interested parties.

Tickets are pre-sold only and include a round-trip shuttle ride from UTECH to Newcastle.

There is NO PARKING at the venue.

22 MARCH 2020
AT YOUR LEISURE

CULINARY TRAIL

Visit any of the restaurants and cafes along the Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Trail.

EVENT SCHEDULE

EVENT SCHEDULE

19 MARCH 2020
9:00AM to 5:00PM

tRADE DAY

Hosted in conjunction with Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and other private-sector sponsors, the Trade Day is to be one of education, networking and information sharing geared towards Coffee Farmers, Coffee Processors and Coffee Value-Added Products.

21 MARCH 2020
10:00AM to 6:00PM

FESTIVAL MARKETPLACE

The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival is designed as Jamaica’s flagship coffee festival, offering an immersive experience from farm to cup (and plate), and also demonstrating our rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region. The festival will feature Blue Mountain coffee and coffee related products, food stalls, tasting, demonstrations and workshops and will bring together local and international coffee connoisseurs, coffee suppliers, foodies and other interested parties.

Tickets are pre-sold only and include a round-trip shuttle ride from UTECH to Newcastle.

There is NO PARKING at the venue.

22 MARCH 2020
AT YOUR LEISURE

CULINARY TRAIL

Visit any of the restaurants and cafes along the Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Trail.

TICKETS

Tickets will go on sale online and in select outlets, starting March 2, 2020 and include entry and round trip shuttle from the UTECH parking lot,
to our Festival Marketing Place at the JDF Newcastle Grounds.

TICKET OUTLETS

Tickets are PRE-SOLD ONLY, on sale starting March 2, 2020
Cannonball Cafe Manor Park, Barbican and New Kingston
Starbucks Waterloo
Café Blue Sovereign & Irish Town
Café Dolce

ATTRACTIONS

Our Festival Marketplace Location: Jamaica Defense Force Training Camp, Newcastle

Nestled in the cool hills of upper St. Andrew and amidst beautiful trees, ferns, ground orchids, delicate wildflowers and a profusion of ginger lilies, is the Newcastle Training Depot founded in 1841 by Major General Sir William Maynard Gomm (later Field Marshall). Over time, Newcastle became a training depot, training recruits from all over the West Indies as part of the newly formed West Indies Federation.

In 1962 when Jamaica sought her independence, Newcastle was given to the Jamaican government as part of a general settlement of all military lands in Jamaica. Since then the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has operated Newcastle and it is presently used as the JDF Training Depot to train recruits and to conduct cadres and other refresher courses.

Each year, the Jamaica Defense Force kindly grants the use of their training camp to the Jamaica Blue Mountain Festival, which hosts over 40 coffee-related exhibitors, sponsors and live musical performances. For the 2020 staging of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, the JDF will offer tours of their newly opened museum.

Blue and John Crow Mountains

Just a one-hour drive from the capital city of Kingston, an enchanting world of crisp, clean air, lush terrain and vibrant wildlife awaits you in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.
 
Jamaica’s only national park, the Blue and John Crow Mountains covers 41,198 hectares (101,313 acres) and includes Jamaica’s highest point – the Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256 metres (7,401 feet). With over 15 kilometres (9 miles) of hiking trails, the largest butterfly in the western hemisphere, hundreds of flowering plants and birds, as well as countless waterfalls, the park is a nature-lover’s paradise.
 
The legendary Windward Maroons that used the area as a stronghold in their resistance to British colonialism add to the mystique of the Blue and John Crow Mountains. Separated from mainstream Jamaican society, the maroons maintained a distinct way of life – language, cuisine and philosophies – that can be observed by visitors to their mountain communities today.
 
In 2015, the Blue and John Crow Mountains was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural and cultural heritage. With the designation, Jamaica’s national park, joins the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt as an area of universal value; deserving of special protection.
 
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the park in three recreational areas: Holywell, Portland Gap and the Blue Mountain Peak Trail.

The Jamaica Blue Mountain Culinary Trail

The Blue Mountain Culinary Trail brings visitors inside the community to experience scrumptious Jamaican food. 3,000 feet above the sea, these picturesque mountains grow flavours found nowhere else. Along the trail, cafes, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, hotels and spa retreats, are inviting the public into the diverse culture and cuisine of the Blue Mountains. We encourage everyone to make their own journey along the Culinary Trail.
Brewing Hope – The First Annual JaWiC Community Brunch.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
A fundraiser for JaWiC initiatives supporting Jamaican women in the Coffee Industry.
The brunch features a gourmet Farm-to Table spread, made with fresh local ingredients, highlighting the rich bounty of Jamaican agriculture and the diversity of our traditional flavours. The menu has been created by Chef Alexa Von Strolley of Tooksie Kay Catering, a rising star of the growing Jamaican foodie community.
 
Strawberry Hill Hotel 
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Join us for a special brunch, as part of the 3rd annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival! With Guest Chef & Restauranteur Gariel Ferguson, we’ll be serving up a special menu. Enjoy a welcome Strawberry Bliss or iced Blackwell Rum Spiced Coffee…free coffee tastings with Sangster coffee & music by a mento band. Reservations preferred: 876-619-7872, info@strawberryhillhotel.com

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