JAM | Mar 24, 2023

Coffee Festival brewing up loads of fun for patrons

/ Our Today

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Lots of fun and exciting activities are in store for patrons attending the sixth annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival tomorrow (March 25) in Newcastle, St Andrew.

Carolyn McDonald Riley, director of the Tourism Linkages Network, said the event will feature diverse coffee by-product displays, including candles, rubs, scrubs, and foods.

“We will [also] be having a mixology competition, which is coffee with an infused liquor, [and] we will be having barista competition, which is the different ways in which coffee is made,” she said while speaking with the Jamaica Information Service.

“We have over 35 persons who will be showcasing different coffee products [in the Festival Marketplace].”

Carolyn McDonald Riley, director of the Tourism Linkages Network

McDonald Riley pointed out that the Coffee Festival will not be just about drinking the popular beverage.

“We have over 35 persons who will be showcasing different coffee products [in the Festival Marketplace],” she indicated, adding that there will also be a Kids Village for children to enjoy various fun-filled activities.

McDonald Riley said another major highlight was the entertainment package, which will feature performances by Etana, dBURNZ, the Silverbirds Steelpan Orchestra, and the Charles Town Maroons.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (centre) and Jennifer Griffith, permanent secretary in the tourism ministry, are shown displays manufactured by Glo Coffee Products by company owner, Ano Sewell, during last year’s staging of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Marketplace at Devon House in St Andrew. (Photo: JIS)

Persons attending the event are required to park at the University of Technology (UTech) in Papine and utilise the arranged shuttle service.

“We have some beautiful shuttle buses that will be taking you up in the hills, and we have tour operators. Once you take that shuttle bus, there will be excitement. The idea is that you’ll be given a tour by a certified tour guide, who will be able to tell you all of what’s happening in that area,” McDonald Riley advised, adding that the journey will be an interesting 45 minutes.

Tickets are available for purchase online at or from authorised ticket vendors, including Blue Brews Bistro, Rituals Coffee House, Starbucks, Cannon Ball Café, Café Blue, Island Coffees Café, and Deaf Can Coffee.

The prices are $5,000 for adults and $3,000 for children, 12 years and older.


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