Taste of Jamaica Farm Cookout

Taste of Jamaica Farm Cookout
Price: $105.00
Ages 2 years and under are free.
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic, Cuisine
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? The Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided A cookout lunch consisting of Jerk chicken, ackee and codfish, yams, steamed callao (greens), and sweet potatoes, along with tastings of fruit. EXCLUDED - Blue Mountain Coffee, rum punch, Red Stripe beer, are available for purchase and is NOT included with the tour.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
Restrictions This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair. As this is a food tour that includes a variety of dishes including fruits and meats, persons who are vegetarian or vegan should state this at the time of booking for special services. We are also open to specially requested Jamaican food and drinks apart from what is listed. Persons suffering from any form of food allergy must advise at the time of booking.

Leave Ocho Rios and the crowded city tours behind as you travel into the Jamaican countryside to see a side of the island that most visitors miss.

You and your small group will journey through Fern Gully to Spice Mountain, passing through small villages along the way. As you reach the top of the hill you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the ocean and Ocho Rios.

Continue into the countryside to an organic farm on this eco-friendly tour with its indigenous fruit trees, herbs, and spices, and be introduced to the special flavors that Jamaica is famous for. Enjoy a Jamaican cookout and learn how to make authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Pluck a pea off the vine, put your hands in the warm soil, and plant something, or even harvest some veggies for your salad as you learn about organic agriculture from your guides.

You can sample fruits in season, or take a bite of sweet, sweet sugarcane. Take a walk through a coffee farm while your tour guide talks about the techniques of coffee farming. This eye-opening tour features an authentic Jamaican lunch that encapsulates local flavors and reminds you of what "real" food tastes like. Chickens, birds, and rabbits are all found on the farm, which is home to one of the largest collections of medical and healing herbs in Jamaica. From friendly farm animals to incredible plants like Moringa and Neem, you'll discover something new to learn with each visit.

Afterward, relax in the garden and take in the sweeping views of Jamaica's north coast and the beauty of the hills. Listen to the birds sing and engage your senses with the herbs, spices, fruits, birds, flowers, and ornamentals while sampling the world-renowned Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee (available to purchase). Children and adults can interact with farm animals such as native chickens and rabbits. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and seasonal butterflies that visit the farm.

This cultural tour is guaranteed fun for both the young and the young at heart! Sign up today.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  8 ReviewsReview This Tour
May 02, 2023
He gave us so much information on the community, their churches, farm stands and fruit trees that were growing everywhere! Once we got to the top, he had a tasting set up with mango’s, strawberry bananas and a Jamaican fruit that tasted like tropical candy! After, we were greeted by his family and the cutest dog that my daughter loved! He took us through the herb garden and described each plant. We got to taste fresh fruits from the trees! Before we headed to the back of the farm, they guided my daughter in seasoning the jerk chicken and placing it on the grill! Once we finished we arrived back at the entrance where his family had set up placement’s for dining! My daughter snacked on fresh sugar cane that he cut for her, and he came back out with a trey full of food his family prepared for us! It was amazing! My daughter surprised us both with her ability to eat the fresh pepper sauce! I highly recommend this tour! You will leave feeling fulfilled in your mind, heart and belly!
Reviewer: Tiffany Drakakides
5 Stars
Plant oriented tour with Jamaican food
March 02, 2023
My husband has a horticultural background so we loved this tour. LaSalles described the herbs growing on the farm and provided information on the health benefits of each. We tasted a variety of Jamaican fruits. And, we ate jerk chicken, rice and beans, plantains, etc. This was a great tour. Very interesting and delicious.
Reviewer: Barbara Thompson
5 Stars
Fantastic excursion!!
February 08, 2023
I've been telling everyone I know about this wonderful excursion. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the plants and it was apparent he took pride in what he did. The "cookout" was fantastic, consisting of various foods we had learned about as we drove to the farm. The jerk chicken was delicious too. Afterwards we had an opportunity to purchase teas made from various medicinal plants that the guide had told us about on the tour. I can't say enough good things about this excursion I will do it again if/when I get to Jamaica again.
Reviewer: Kathryn Johnson
5 Stars
Fantastic and Knowledgeable Guide
January 02, 2023
Dec 13, 2022 This tour was outstanding! The tour van was air conditioned and very clean and comfortable. The ride out was amazingly beautiful, especially Fern Gully, and included hidden secrets in the surrounding hillside. The guide, LeSelle, was extremely proud of his gardens and told us a lot about the plants, people and farm animals of Jamaica. The meal afterwards was beyond delicious and cooked from the plants and herbs in his garden. If you want to learn more about Jamaica THIS IS THE TOUR! Thank you LeSelle!!
Reviewer: Rosalind Michael
5 Stars
Fantastic Experience
May 16, 2022
What a wonderful experience I had on this excursion. LaSalle is the BEST tour guide Ever! Geniva was a gem & everyone we met on the farm was friendly and happy to see us. I learned SO much and the food that was prepared was Amazing! Worth Every penny and the scenery is spectacular. LaSalle is so knowledgeable of Jamaica he can answer any question you could possibly ask. I hope anyone visiting this area takes this excursion you will learn so much & meet the best people!
Reviewer: Wilma Gittemeier
5 Stars
May 16, 2022
This was the best excursion I have been on in a long time. My sisters and I meet with LaSalle the owner/tour guide in Jamaica and was driven through fern gulley to his farm. Everything is grown and harvested for him and his family. We were shown plants used by pharmaceutical companies on medicinal effects. Banana trees, Yuca, Yams, potatoes. LaSalle explained each and everyone one of the plants, growing periods and harvest time frame. My sister was given the opportunity to make jerk chicken then it was smoked over real charcoal. A feast of our chicken, greens, yuca , beans and rice pursued later with refreshing lemon grass tea.
Reviewer: Dana Krutil
5 Stars