Local Cuisine

Chukka connects the history, culture and vibe of all our destinations into the experiences we offer, to create unique and long-lasting memories.

Browse through our recommended experiences below and request a quote to select the options you would like to include in your vacation package.

The Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience



Once you arrive, immerse yourself in the exclusive Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience.

The Appleton Estate is the oldest and most famous sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica in continuous production, and has been handcrafting some of the finest rum in the world since 1749. Savour your favorite Appleton Estate cocktail as well as sweet sugar cane and molasses on your tour. Take further joy in exploring the rum distillery, the ageing house and a guided tasting of three of Appleton Estate’s premium aged rums. You can also shop for your original Appleton keepsakes in the gift shop. Don’t forget to dig into an authentic Jamaican lunch at the beautiful full-service restaurant and bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. Get ready to experience a deeper appreciation of Appleton Estate Rum and a further love for the excellence of Jamaica.

Jamaican Cooking Class at a Historic Great House



Enjoy your visit to the Great House where your cooking experience begins at 1,100 ft above sea level!

Walk through the ornamental garden and see herbs and tropical plants while being educated on the history of the Estate.

Commence your cooking experience on the veranda of this historic and majestic Georgian style Great House.

Prepare Jamaican dishes such as jerk chicken, festival, steamed callaloo, rice and peas, and enjoy your delicious meal.

Pumpkin Bottom Farm-to-Table Experience



Once all this beautiful fresh produce is collected, you will make your way to the rustic ruins of the Blue Hole Estate Great House to indulge in a taste, touch, and smell experience like no other.

For those who love to dive into the local flare this is a day you won’t want to miss! Begin your day with a journey to Pumpkin Bottom, where you can meet and experience a day in a local farming community. Learn the rich history of how sharecropping began in Jamaica, and the wealth of crops they produce currently. Interact with the local people of this farming community learning of their daily chores, and processes on the farm. After a quick hike to a subsistence farm in the hills of Kennilworth, you will be encouraged to select, and help harvest local vegetables, and fruits that will be part of your Jamaican cooking demonstration.

On arrival you will be greeted with a refreshing drink of a lemongrass iced tea to sip while being guided through the history of the Great House.

Fully immersed in the natural surroundings of the ruins, prepare to be delighted with your local chef’s knowledge, cooking methods, and uses of the produce harvested from the farm. Next is the “piece de resistance”, where you can dig in and sample all of these wonderful flavors.

When your appetite is satisfied, your guide will transport you back to our seaside location where your journey began. Spend the rest of your day relaxing in the gorgeous infinity pool, or by the seaside lounge area. This culinary day will be the highlight of your vacation, an authentic cultural experience to be remembered for a lifetime.

Devon House Mansion & Local Shopping



Devon House is a premier heritage and cultural attraction, offering a unique experience, combining history via a tour of the beautiful Mansion

located on-site and which is designated as a Jamaican National Monument (as recognized by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust); gastronomy fare to suit all taste buds, (and which includes the 4th best-placed in the world I-Scream (per National Geographic ‘Food Journeys of a Lifetime’); and not to be missed shopping for jewelery, sandals, clothes and Jamaican arts, crafts and gifts, all situate in a 11- acre, beautifully landscaped park setting in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston!

Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation Tour



Your guide will take you through the Estate, where you can view the cultivation and learn about the factors that give this coffee its unique and definitive flavour.

Up the mountain, you make the gentle climb on flagstones for about half a mile, to a gazebo perched atop the Estate in the midst of the coffee field. Behold your first breathtaking view of this Jamaican coffee farm, its coffee masters at work, the Blue Mountains, charming rural mountain villages and across to the sprawling plains of Kingston. Visitors are able to enjoy that rare pleasure of having the freshest cup of Blue Mountain Coffee, straight from the source and brewed to perfection. Then take home the original pure Blue Mountain coffee to share with your loved ones.

Dining Al Fresco on the Farm



Join us for Al Fresco Dining on the Farm.  A breathtaking landscape, where things move slowly, and luxury resides in simplicity and a connection to the earth. 

Walk the grounds as you harken back to ancestral origins, when plants were your medicine, and the earth’s bounty your food.  Engage your senses with the herbs, spices, fruits, birds, flowers, and ornamentals.  Plant some seeds or a tree to greet you on your return.  Take in the sweeping views of Jamaica’s north coast, and the beauty of the hills simultaneously.  Then sit down to a lovingly prepared meal that highlights the local, weaves simple flavors into joy on a plate, and brings you back to what real food tastes like.