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Treasure Beach, a picturesque coastal town in Jamaica, is set to captivate visitors and locals alike with its first-ever Food, Rum & Reggae Festival. This exciting event spearheaded by Jason Henzel promises to be a delightful fusion of Jamaican hospitality, delectable cuisine, world-renowned rum, and infectious reggae music.

A Celebration of Jamaican Cuisine

The Food, Rum & Reggae Festival in Treasure Beach offers a unique opportunity for food enthusiasts to embark on a culinary journey through the flavors of Jamaica. Renowned for its vibrant and diverse cuisine, Jamaica's culinary landscape boasts a myriad of tantalizing dishes that reflect the country's history, culture, and influences. From aromatic jerk chicken, succulent seafood delights, tantalizing curries, and mouthwatering tropical fruits, the festival will highlight the best of Jamaican gastronomy.

Local chefs and culinary experts will showcase their skills through cooking demonstrations, interactive workshops, and tastings, allowing visitors to savor the authentic flavors of Jamaica. Festival-goers can indulge in a wide array of traditional dishes, innovative creations, and fusion delights, all prepared with locally sourced ingredients bursting with freshness and flavor.

World-Class Rum Tastings

No celebration of Jamaican culture would be complete without paying homage to the country's world-class rum. The Food, Rum & Reggae Festival provides an ideal platform to showcase the island's rich rum heritage. Jamaica is renowned for producing some of the finest rums in the world, known for their distinct flavors and smoothness.

Visitors will have the opportunity to savor a wide selection of premium rums, from well-established brands to artisanal distilleries. Expert mixologists will be on hand to craft delicious rum cocktails, sharing their knowledge and expertise with attendees. Whether you're a rum connoisseur or simply curious to explore the diverse world of Jamaican spirits, the festival promises an unforgettable experience for every palate.

The Rhythms of Reggae

Reggae music, a genre born in Jamaica, is an integral part of the island's cultural fabric. The Food, Rum & Reggae Festival provides the perfect stage to celebrate this iconic musical tradition. Throughout the festival, attendees will be treated to live performances by talented reggae artists, both established names and emerging talents. The rhythmic beats, soulful melodies, and uplifting lyrics will create an electrifying atmosphere, infusing the festival with the spirit of Jamaica.

Beyond the Music: Cultural Experiences

The Food, Rum & Reggae Festival is not just about food and music; it is a celebration of the Jamaican way of life. Attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant local culture through various activities and experiences. Artisans and craftsmen will showcase their talents, offering unique handmade crafts, artwork, and traditional products. Cultural performances, storytelling sessions, and dance workshops will provide insights into the island's rich heritage and traditions.

The iconic Luminary Green Park in the Creative Village of Downtown Orlando played host to the 7th staging of Le Diner en Blanc Orlando, an exquisite gathering that captivated foodies, fashionistas, and cultural enthusiasts alike.

Coming from all across the city, some via chartered bus, others by foot, the 700 attendees was welcomed to the monumental park, a destination kept a mystery to them until arrival!

This year's edition, inspired by the Netflix series "Bridgerton," transported guests to a realm of regal splendor with the theme

"The Royal Masquerade Ball." The event witnessed an extraordinary display of elegance and creativity as guests wholeheartedly embraced the theme.

The sight of kings and queens in the royal court, resplendent in their lavish attire, added an the real touch to the affair. Their regal costumes, intricately designed masquerade masks, and attention to detail truly brought the spirit of the Bridgerton era to life. The honorary theme also served to guests to embrace the kings and queens within themselves.

The entertainment and ambiance of the evening were nothing short of amazing, leaving attendees in awe. The festivities commenced with a breathtaking live opera performance, setting the stage for the evening. The theatrical welcome of Queen Charlotte, portrayed with grace and charm, further immersed guests in the enchanting world of Bridgerton.

Throughout the event, guests were treated to a multitude of captivating performances. Elegant acrobatic dance routines mesmerized the audience, while tea-party backdrops added a whimsical touch.

The atmosphere was further enhanced by the presence of horse-drawn carriages, reminiscent of a bygone era, as guests strolled through the city, transporting themselves to the streets of Europe.

Le Diner en Blanc Orlando once again showcased its commitment to creating a truly immersive experience, where culinary excellence, fashion, and culture seamlessly blend. Attendees reveled in the beauty of the Luminary Green Park, creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. The Royal Masquerade Ball" edition of Le Diner en Blanc Orlando was a resounding success, captivating the senses and leaving guests spellbound. The exceptional entertainment, meticulous attention to detail, and the enthusiastic participation of attendees made this a truly incredible evening.

Launched in Paris over 30 years ago, Le Diner en Blanc has become a global phenomenon and taken over 120 cities in 40 countries around the world such as New York, Miami, Sydney, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Vilnius, Montreal, and Nairobi.The organizers behind the magic for Le Diner en Blanc Orlando are event producers – Fabienne “Fabie” Ried of Modernique Events, Lisa Greenwood, and City Festivals very own, Tashima “Tash” Johnson!

We can hardly believe it, but Le Diner en Blanc Jacksonville has just concluded its fourth-year celebration in this beautiful city, and what an incredible night it was!

The setting for this year's soirée was the breathtaking Metropolitan Park, nestled along the waterfront. As the sun began its descent, the park transformed into a mesmerizing tableau of white elegance. Dressed in their finest white attire, the thousand attendees exuded grace and sophistication, creating a magnificent sight that left onlookers in awe.

The event commenced with an exuberant welcome by the Jaquar Cheerleaders, Band, and Mascot, setting the stage for an exciting evening. As guests settled into their seats, they were greeted with warmth and enthusiasm, creating an atmosphere of anticipation.

The live entertainment that followed was nothing short of extraordinary. Renowned musician Joe Watts took the stage, captivating the audience with his mesmerizing melodies on the keyboard. Adding to the night's allure, one of the city's hottest R&B bands, Datz Pressure, delivered a soulful performance that had everyone on their feet, dancing and grooving to the rhythm even before the dance floor officially opened. DJ Emcee as always rocked the park!

Embracing the Cloud 9 theme, the event organizers went above and beyond expectations, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that transported guests to new heights. The presence of a majestic hot air balloon on-site offered a unique opportunity for attendees to soar above the clouds, while a captivating bubble dome and various photo installations provided dazzling moments for capturing memories.

For those seeking a touch of luxury, a private cigar lounge area awaited, inviting guests to indulge in premium cigars and champagne, further enhancing the ambiance of sophistication and relaxation.

The evening unfolded flawlessly, leaving no room for disappointment. Every detail was meticulously planned and executed, resulting in an atmosphere that was nothing short of perfect.

Photo credits: Khalifa Dieye

This year, Diner en Blanc Jacksonville took pride in giving back to the community by choosing Feeding Northeast Florida as its beneficiary. The event served as a platform to raise awareness and support for this worthy cause, showcasing the organizers' dedication to making a positive impact on the city.

This year's Diner en Blanc Jacksonville team consisted of City Festivals very own, Tash Johnson, alongside the talented duo -Markesha Fuller from Aristocratic Events and Ericka Durant! Together they all brought their unique flair to the event, infusing it with energy, charisma, and a sense of camaraderie that resonated with every guest.

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