Kingston Kitchen’s Foodie Finds
by Stephanie Koathes Aug 1, 2019
Kingston Kitchen on Saturday, 27 July brought out some of the country’s most interesting and innovative eateries. And it wasn’t just restaurants, cafes, and food trucks that turned up to fill patron’s bellies, there was art and clothing to browse as well.
It was a hot evening, but that didn’t stop people from turning out in their numbers to enjoy the event held in Hope Gardens.
And there was a lot to enjoy. Café Dolce was there serving up tiramisu ‘frozays’, Deaf Can! brought the coffee, Lyming at Walkerswood had the jerk, and Stush in the Bush represented for the vegans.
As we wandered around the food lovers’ paradise, with over 50 vendors to choose from, here are some of the foodie finds that caught our eye.
Pink Apron might be the hottest food truck in Kingston right now, and lines were certainly long at this vendor during Kingston Kitchen. Chef Charissa Henry’s menu included loaded seafood nachos, which were fantastic drizzled with her spicy scotch bonnet aioli. The citrus mascarpone and berry compote stuffed French toast was also a must-try.
Outland Hurders made the journey to Kingston Kitchen from Williamsfield, Manchester. The creamery produces undeniably Jamaican artisan cheeses made with local ingredients. At Kingston Kitchen, Outland Hurders was on hand with their Jamaican Jack, Red Maroon, Half and Half and their new brie-style cheese, False Banana.
One One Cacao is an Academy of Chocolate Bronze and Silver award winner. This small-batch tree-to-bar chocolate company brought their delicious chocolates, made with best Jamaican cocoa beans. Their booth also had confections made with this top-quality chocolate including the ‘crownie’, a cross between a brownie and a cookie.
Pepper shrimp lovers lined up at Jabba’s Pepper Swims. Here the menu included seafood pasta, seafood bowls with shrimp and crab, and their famous ‘peppa swims’ flavoured with BBQ, chilli garlic, or glazed with guava.
House of Loaves
House of Loaves is a fixture on Garelli Avenue off Trafalgar Road serving up breakfast to the hungry New Kingston crowd. They pulled out all the stops for their Kingston Kitchen menu with braised oxtail in micrococo bread, Maine lobster roll, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles and Peruvian shrimp ceviche.
Another truck whose creative menu board caught our attention was All Spice Catering and Events with dishes like oxtail arancini and pigtail penne alfredo.
Street Food Saturdays, the regular cook-up event in Golden Spring, also came out to Kingston Kitchen with an inventive menu. Imagine tucking into cola glazed chicken sausages or smoked saltfish mac and cheese.
While Canna Hemp wasn’t there serving up food, they’re still worth a mention. Canna Hemp was out showcasing their all-natural hemp-based energy drink made without artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners and with no psychoactive effects.
Another non-food booth that caught the eye was Urban Sass and their t-shirts with sayings like ‘Wanga Gut – Jamaican Foodie’, totally appropriate at Kingston Kitchen!
Kingston Kitchen 2019 was much bigger than it was the year before, and there was something for everyone from kimchi with tofu to burritos, shawarma, and sweet treats. Until next year!