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KINGSTON, JAMAICA - October 30, 2007 - The first rate cuisine of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, will be in the spotlight when culinary enthusiasts from throughout Jamaica and all over the world descend on the city for the third annual Kingston Restaurant Week. From November 10-17, more than 30 participating restaurants will serve up their signature dishes and finest fare at heavily discounted prix fixe rates ranging from approximately US$15.50 to $35.00. Inspired menus will offer a three-course meal, including appetizer, main course and dessert, in settings that reflect Kingston’s extraordinary cultural diversity.

Celebrating a Vibrant History

There is good reason why Kingston is widely known as the “heartbeat of Jamaica.” An intense cultural melting pot that inspired the powerful lyrics of Bob Marley and continues to spark the rhythms of reggae and dancehall, Kingston was celebrated in decades past for its elite clubs and elegant entertainment spots. Now an exciting renaissance is recreating the grandeur of former times, as visitors to Kingston Restaurant Week will experience first-hand.  

A strong sense of history prevails at places like Norma’s on the Terrace and the Grog Shop, both located at Devon House, a 19th-century stately mansion built and occupied by the first black Jamaican millionaire who became a leading figure in the city’s high society. Sports memorabilia set the scene at Cuddy’z, established by cricket legend Courtney (Cuddy) Walsh, who once held the world record for the most test wickets taken.

Easy Elegance and Fascinating Fusion

Easy elegance is the hallmark of restaurants in the Kingston hotels. Participating venues include the Regency Room at Terra Nova, the Hilton Palm Court and Columbus Restaurant at the Jamaica Pegasus. Ethnic and Jamaican flavors fuse deliciously at restaurants like Jade Garden, Jewel of India and Habibi Latino. Steak and seafood lovers will enjoy Rib Kage, Mac’s Chop House, Red Bones Blues Café and Whitebones Seafood Restaurant. Breathtaking views enthrall diners at Morgan’s Harbour, where the oceanfront setting in Port Royal is a former pirate’s lair, and at Strawberry Hill, dramatically nestled on a hillside overlooking the cityscape of Kingston.     

The Best of Caribbean Urban Lifestyle

The culinary choices are dazzling, and will be supported by a tremendous range of arts-related attractions to ensure diners work up a serious appetite during Kingston Restaurant Week. Museums and art galleries, music, dance and theater all are major draws for visitors to this vibrant city.

“Kingston is a dynamic center of activity,” Director of Tourism Basil Smith commented, “and Kingston Restaurant Week is a wonderful entrée to the delicious spread of offerings that can be savoured and enjoyed in the city”.

About the Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for 2006, while Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo. 

Details of upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica are posted on the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Web site at <>.

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