Taste Bits of Jamaica returns to Brooklyn on Saturday

Participants at a Taste Bits of Jamaica event.
Participants at a Taste Bits of Jamaica event.
Photo by Shaun Walsh

Get ready to embark on a vibrant journey to Jamaica without leaving the borough of Brooklyn. Taste Bits of Jamaica, the beloved cultural showcase of Jamaican flavors and traditions, is back for its 8th year on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Hosted at the picturesque Rooftop of Brooklyn Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, this event promises to be “an unforgettable celebration of Jamaican culture,” according to Andrea Daley, the Jamaican-born publicist for the event.

Daley told Caribbean Life that, for the past seven years, Taste Bits of Jamaica has delighted attendees with its “unique, exquisite, intimately curated experience.

“This year, we invite you once again to savor the indelible flavors of the island that so many know and love,” she said. “From the world-famous jerk chicken to the scintillating and hypnotic rum punch, Taste Bits of Jamaica promises to tantalize your taste buds.

A Jamaican fish dish.
A Jamaican fish dish. Photo by Shaun Walsh

“Jamaica’s unique, vibrant flavors will be showcased in its foods, fruits, herbs and spices, reminding everyone why Jamaicans are considered ‘vibrant and spicy,’” Daley added.

Under the theme, “Pineapple Notes with hints of Lime and Ginger,” she said this year’s event promises an array of new features and surprises.

“Whether you’re a long-time fan or experiencing our culture for the first time, Taste Bits of Jamaica aims to rejuvenate and inspire from a place of nostalgia,” said Kim Morrison, owner of Unique Weddings and Tours, and the brainchild behind the event.

“For newcomers, it’s a gentle nudge to consider Jamaica as your next travel destination — the full island experience awaits,” she added.

Items found in a typical home in Jamaica on display.
Items found in a typical home in Jamaica on display. Photo by Shaun Walsh

Daley said New York City, melting pot of cultures and people, “offers the perfect backdrop for this cultural extravaganza.”

She said the borough of Brooklyn, known for its accessibility and diversity, is “an ideal setting for celebrating Jamaican heritage and flavors.

“Much like Unique’s customer base, attendees of Taste Bits of Jamaica have a passion for travel, a curiosity for cultures, and a deep appreciation for the warmth that comes from embracing diversity,” Daley said.

She said music will also take center stage at the event, paying homage to Jamaica’s rich musical heritage, adding that Mento, Ska, Reggae and Dancehall have long captured the hearts of people worldwide.

“Jamaica’s culture is steeped in its African ancestry and the experiences of its forefathers,” she said. “The rich storytelling, through folk songs and memorable ‘sayings’, reflects a language that has been preserved through generations, and this legacy will be celebrated through the musical selections, the food and the mini-museum.

“Taste Bits of Jamaica is a one-of-a-kind event, and we can’t wait to share the magic of Jamaica with you,” Daley added. “Let’s celebrate the vibrancy of Jamaican culture together.”

Among sponsors are: Grace Foods USA; Club Kingston and Club Mobay; CMM, Inc.; LC Promotions; Jamaica Tourist Board; Brooklyn Commons; Jammins Entertainment; Bullzii Marketing; Braata Productions; American Foundation for The University of the West Indies; and TK’s Kake Kingdom.