It’s almost time to grab your mugs and get ready for the Blue Mountain Coffee Festival!

The festival, which started in March 2018, was originally a three-day event held on the historic grounds of the New Castle Depot in the stunning Blue Mountains. However, in 2021, the festival was virtual because of the ongoing pandemic. This year, the Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will feature activities during the month of March, with the festival marketplace taking place on 2 April 2022, on the lawns of Devon House.

Known for showcasing fantastic food offerings, coffee, and culture, patrons can expect a festival marketplace, culinary trail, farm tours, Sip and Shop, and Blue Mountain Hikes and Bike tours among other activities. According to the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee website, this year, there will also be a virtual farmers workshops and cooking with coffee sessions.

Coffee shops, coffee producers, or artisans who create coffee products have an opportunity to be a part of the festival by signing up via the festival’s websiteFacebook, or Instagram pages.

A part of the strategy for the event is to diversify the Jamaican tourism product by leveraging gastronomy tourism, so locals and visitors can be more aware of where the coffee is produced and the many businesses involved in coffee retail, products, and services. The Ministry of Tourism, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and the Tourism Linkages Network support the Blue Mountain Coffee Festival.

For more information and updates on the event, interested persons can check out their social media pages – Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival on Facebook and @jamaicacoffeefest on Instagram.

Sources: Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, JIS, Jamaica