Visiting Jamaica without sampling the local food should be a sin!
Period. End of discussion!
Created by two Jamaican sisters, Janet and Anne, Jamaica Culinary Tours aims to tell the story of Jamaica through its unique and flavourful food. Their inaugural tour, the Falmouth Food Tour, takes you on a trip through the past, when sugar was king and plantation life shaped what was consumed and how it was prepared.
I made the drive up to Falmouth from Kingston to join a group of cruise goers to check it out…
The Falmouth food tour includes six tastings, which may vary depending on the time of year and availability of certain foods, but don’t worry, it all tastes great!
Our first stop was actually within the Falmouth pier with the cane man, Charles, who offered us each a nice serving of chilled pineapple, papaya, watermelon and sugar cane.
Never tried sugar cane before? Don’t worry you’ll get a quick lesson on how to easily enjoy the sweet refreshing snack.
Once we devoured our fruit, we took the streets during mid day hustle and bustle in Falmouth.
Walking through any town in Jamaica is a treat for the senses: reggae music blasting in the background and workers scurrying through the streets paired with the colorful surroundings and personalities. It was a Thursday and for the residents in town, things were business as usual.
Our first road side stop was with a street vendor, Yammy. He prepared fresh roast yam, breadfruit and mackerel (right off the coals) slightly spiced with scotch bonnet peppers and served in cute painted calabash bowls. We washed it all down with some ice cold coconut water and a bit of the jelly (the meat inside the coconut).
In between tastings, we strolled through the streets of Falmouth while our guide, Sanya pointed out significant landmarks and buildings of importance. Plus it was great exercise to work off calories from our tastings.
We had fresh fruit, a patty from the best bakery in town, roasted selections from Yammy, and there was still more.
Because no Jamaican food tour is complete without a jerk stop, we made our way to Peppers for a sampling of jerk chicken, festival and vegetables that definitely hit the spot.
Our food tour had a sweet ending with 3 Jamaican desserts — gizada, grater cake and coconut drops — all made primarily of coconut and sugar.
In a little less than 3 hours, our group completed our walking tour and headed our separate ways, more knowledgeable about the history of Falmouth and with pleasantly full stomachs.
As someone who’s been eating Jamaican food for some time, it was great to learn more about the origin of the foods and finally get a proper tour of historic Falmouth. Janet and the team were great guides and each vendor was thoroughly prepared to serve our group promptly.
I highly recommend this experience for visitors arriving in Falmouth via cruise ship or anyone visiting Jamaica seeking a unique foodie experience.
Jamaica Culinary Tour Details
The Falmouth Food Tour runs Monday – Friday, starting promptly at 11am and lasts between 2.5 to 3 hours. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella because tours take place rain or shine. The rates are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
For any additional questions or to book your Falmouth food tour, please visit JamaicaCulinaryTours.com!