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Culinary Tours: Explore the Savoury Tastes of Jamaica in the Blue Mountains

In 2015 the Blue and John Crow Mountains made UNESCO’s World Heritage List, honoured for its natural offerings and role in history as a place of refuge for both indigenous Taínos and the escaped slave communities of the Maroons. This accolade speaks to the deeply spirited cultural nourishment the mountainous land serves up, which today can be enjoyed through a universal pleasure — food. The cafés here are perfect places to relax and devour the stunning surroundings.

Belcour Preserves sits sweetly at the mountain’s foot in Irish Town at Belcour Estates. This line of gourmet savoury condiments, pepper sauces and fruit preserves is sold in the U.S. and Caribbean. A few of Belcour’s mouthwatering concoctions include honey mustard pepper sauce, sorrel chutney and pepper jam.

Café Blue is a majestic nook where sipping on Blue Mountain coffee, nibbling on decadent pastry and lounging in the outdoor patio overlooking the circumambient hills and valleys equates to heaven in a cosy little coffee shop. EITS Café is a few wonderful things in one: a cliff-side organic farm; an unassuming gourmet eatery that serves farm-fresh food; and a hippie-

EITS Café is a few wonderful things in one: a cliff-side organic farm; an unassuming gourmet eatery that serves farm-fresh food; and a hippie-esque inn seemingly rolling off the mountainside. Strawberry Hill hotel is where everything is done in bohemian chic style. This is the kind of place where all

Strawberry Hill Hotel is where everything is done in bohemian chic style. This is the kind of place where all travellers can partake in a simple, fresh menu that gratifies the discerning, but also earthy, eater. The Gap Café doubles as bed-and-breakfast and restaurant. This outlying diner is the supreme getaway that includes solitude, homeliness and tasty fare. Marley Coffee is a coffee company headed up by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan. A premium, artisan roasted coffee, the company runs a sustainable and ethical coffee farm. Craighton Estate is a coffee plantation that hosts tours highlighting the property’s history and coffee cultivation process, along with tastings.

The Gap Café doubles as bed-and-breakfast and restaurant. This outlying diner is the supreme getaway that includes solitude, homeliness and tasty fare.

Marley Coffee is a coffee company headed up by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan. A premium, artisan roasted coffee, the company runs a sustainable and ethical coffee farm. Craighton Estate is a coffee plantation that hosts tours highlighting the property’s history and coffee cultivation process, along with tastings.

Craighton Estate is a coffee plantation that hosts tours highlighting the property’s history and coffee cultivation process, along with tastings.