JAMAICA, August 23, 2011—If agri-tourism is what you’re after when traveling, look no further than Jakes, a bohemian-style boutique hotel in the Jamaican fishing village of Treasure Beach.
The agri-tourism farm dinners are such a success that Jakes extended the program into 2012.
Working with Liz Solms, the local chef and sustainable agriculture expert on the islands, Jakes created a “Farm Dinners program that supports the small independent farmers of the Pedro Plains, Jamaica’s “bread basket.”
Featured “Farm Dinners” include organic dishes prepared and served on-site at local farms.
Once a month on the Saturday closest to the full moon, Jakes hosts the Farm Dinners on a small farm in the hills of St. Elizabeth.
Upon arrival at sunset, guests are greeted with a fresh cocktail whipped up using fruit grown on the farm. The table is elegantly set with white linens in the middle of a working field and enveloped by a ring of glowing white lanterns.
Chefs prepare the dinner table-side and the rotating menu reflects seasonal local produce and 100% organic ingredients. Mouthwatering dishes such as chèvre on toast with homemade lime pepper jelly and organic lamb with coconut milk and spices are served up family-style. The dinners also play host to various specialists, such as honey experts and wine sommeliers, who lead tastings of locally-produced fare.
Solms has dedicated her career to improving and celebrating the agricultural landscape of Jamaica, along with promoting the culinary bounty of fresh farm food in the Pedro Plains – a cause that is enhanced through the collaboration with Jakes.
Jakes’ commitment to supporting local farmers and fisherman began when it first opened its doors in 1995 as a humble seaside restaurant. Now a vibrant resort with a compelling laid-back-chic atmosphere, Jakes has partnered with Solms and the Pedro Plains farms to provide visitors the opportunity to see where their food comes from through locally-guided Farm Tours and the new introduction of the monthly dinners.
Te next farm dinners take place on November 19, December 17, January 14, February 11, March 17, and April 14 and can accommodate a maximum of 35 people. Rates for the dinner are US$95/person including transfers.
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