BON APETIT! The island’s rich culinary tradition got a jolt of flavour last year with the arrival of the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, which returns to tantalize taste buds across the capital from Oct. 26-30, ahead of next month’s renewal of Kingston Restaurant Week. The festival’s can’t-miss feast of activities (“Drink-Nyam-Jam”) include Pork-a-Palooza (Oct. 26) at the Hope Botanical Gardens; Crisp (Oct. 27) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel; Vintage (Oct. 27) at Address Privé; Stix & Stones (Oct. 28) at The Ruins, Mona Visitors’ Lodge; Meat Street (Oct. 28 and 29) at Barbican Beach; Picanté (Oct. 29) at Kingston Polo Club and Brunch at the Gallery (Oct. 30) at the National Gallery of Jamaica. To get more info on the 2016 staging of this foodie fest, log on to jafoodanddrink.com.
CHAPTERS OF HER STORY: Usain Bolt has already published two bestsellers (9.58: My Story and Faster than Lightning) and Chris Gayle recently launched his first literary release, Six Machine, so it was only a matter of time before the world’s fastest woman followed suit and made her literary debut. Yes, Shelly-Ann ‘Pocket Rocket’ Fraser-Pryce is gearing up to release Pryceless Journey, a memoir that chronicles the struggles and triumphs that accompanied her meteoric rise in the ubercompetitive world of track-and-field, some of the valuable life lessons she’s learned along the way, and her advice for the up-and-comers following in her footsteps. Due to be published before year-end, Pryceless Journey emerged out of a series of sit-down interviews the sprint queen gave to author and Profile host Ian Boyne. It will be released by Pelican Publishers. Says Fraser-Pryce, “I want people to read this book and be inspired by the personal determination that led to my Olympic success and realize that you can accomplish your goals, no matter where you’re from.”