Chris Blackwell Hosts The First NyamJam Jamaican Food & Music Festival

GoldenEye Salt Water Pool

Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and Island Outpost, celebrates the best of Jamaica’s food, music and culture with the first NyamJam Festival November 13-14th on property at GoldenEye in Oracabessa Bay. The name is derived from the local Patois to eat, which is nyam.

Festival co-founder Reyna Mastrosimone of Jane Street Productions has paired chefs Mario Batali, April Bloomfield, Jose Enrique, Seamus Mullen and Johnny Iuzzini with local culinary stars like chefs Colin Hylton, Gariel Ferguson and many more widely celebrated purveyors, foodstuffs, farms and push carts. NyamJam is a celebration of Jamaica’s richly adapted culinary culture, heady island jams and irie spirit with something on offer for both Jamaicans on the rock and travelers.

The weekend’s events range from a buzzing daytime Culinary & Music Bazaar complete with street food stalls, chef demonstrations and musical performances, to elegantly relaxed multi-course dinners by celebrated chefs with star performances from Grammy award-winning Angelique Kidjo, Jamaican jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin and more to be announced.

Sounds oh so sexy huh! …. Check out the overview of what will gwan at the 2 day fest!

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Top Chef Mario Batali

Friday, Nov. 13 – Fleming Dinner Hosted by Chris Blackwell & Mario Batali
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served at GoldenEye’s famed Ian Fleming Villa at 6:00 pm. Island Outpost founder Chris Blackwell co-hosts a three-course welcome dinner for 150 guests at sunset with headlining chef Mario Batali benefiting in part The Oracabessa Foundation. An intimate live performance by Jamaica’s own Ernest Ranglin concludes the evening.

TICKET INFO: $250 USD all-inclusive. HOURS: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

From right to left .. Johnny Iuzzini, Chris Blackwell, April Bloomfield, & Seamus Mullen

Saturday, Nov. 14 – NyamJam Culinary & Music Bazaar
All-day Culinary & Music Bazaar co-produced with Kingston Kitchen on GoldenEye’s Bizot Lawn. Featured: Up to 20 booths from local and international chefs, specialty purveyors and Jamaican artisans showcasing their handcrafted works and wares. Live demonstrations by Batali, Iuzzini, Rohan Marley, Action Bronson and surprise guests will allow attendees to sample dishes prepared on-site by these world renowned chefs. Island jams provided by DJ’s sets throughout the day and a live performance by Angelique Kidjo.

TICKET INFO: $150 USD all-inclusive. HOURS: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Book your tickets here!

Oh there is more … o-access JAMAICA is happy to be a partner of  NyamJam and will have OAJ Giveaways in the next few weeks so stay plugged in.




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