Reggae Fest 2018 kicked off at Bahama Breeze Island Grille this past week and we have the full details. After traveling to the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica on our anniversary cruise a few years back, Chad and I have been dreaming of the day we go back. This past week Bahama Breeze Island Grille kicked off their 2018 Reggae Fest paying homage to the Caribbean Islands. Quneil, Ben, and the wonderful staff at the Duluth, Georgia location hosted us for a great trip down memory lane. It wasn’t Jamaica but it was a great reminder of the short time we spent in Ocho Rios.
Celebrate seven weeks of live music, Caribbean flavors, and great friends during Reggae Fest. The weather was sunny and warm, while the drinks were tropical and refreshing. When you stop in be sure to grab their new Reggae Punch featured drink, for a limited time only. The Reggae Punch features BACARDI Major Lazer Limited Edition Rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, strawberry and passion fruit. If Jamaica had a drink this would definitely be it! It was fruity and the rim was topped with a Jamaican tri-colored sugar flag, which gave this limited edition drink the extra detail it needed to be the perfect drink for Reggae Fest.
Start your meal off right with one of their many appetizer choices, but not just any appetizer, we highly recommend the Buttermilk Chicken Jibaritos. Think mini chicken sliders with a Jamaican twist. Nix the bun and replace it with flattened fried plantains topped with sriracha aioli and you have the perfect Jamaican inspired appetizer that even the pickiest eaters will love. The chicken is juicy while the fried plantains are crispy and together the two melt in your mouth for a flavor explosion out of this world.
One thing I loved about the Bahama Breeze menu were the amount of selections they offer. For dinner I decided to try the market fish of the day which happened to be Sea Bass. This was my first experience with Sea Bass, normally I’m a Snapper or Grouper kind of girl, but I have to admit I was floored by this dish. When you choose fish at Bahama Breeze you have four different options to choose from when deciding how you would like it cooked. I choose Almond Crusted Sea Bass topped with lemon butter. This dish was flaky and scrumptious with both a sweet flavor from the almond crust and a tart flavor from the lemon butter. Together the two in my mouth created a flavor explosion unlike any other. This is easily my newest favorite fish I’ve had.
What meal is complete without dessert?! Bahama Breeze offers many dessert options and choosing was a difficult battle. We knew after the delicious appetizers and scrumptious main course dessert was going to be amazing. We tried three different desserts and our favorite was by far the Coconut Grande. This beauty consisted of warm coconut cake topped with coconut-pineapple ice cream, fresh pineapple and toasted coconut, served in a fresh coconut. The pineapple in this dish comes candied, and to the taste, tasted just like fresh apple pie. I would have had no idea it was pineapple if I wouldn’t have seen it with my own eyes! The coconut cake paired with the coconut-pineapple ice cream was so fresh and gave you that perfect coconut flavored bite. This dessert isn’t one to promise a coconut flavor and not deliver, it is truly a coconut lovers dream dessert.
While we were enjoying great food, there was a live musician playing reggae inspired music. Live bands will be rocking the decks every Saturday during Reggae Fest. Check out the schedule here, to plan your trip to the islands and “Respek the Beat.” Reggae Fest is happening through July 22nd, so be sure to stop in to a Bahama Breeze next time you’re nearby to enjoy a great trip to the Caribbean islands without the added travel costs.