Jamaica FEASTS Incubator
The Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Seminar (FEASTS) is a culinary pre-accelerator operated by the Queens Public Library (QPL).
Jamaica FEASTS provides resources, training, and 1-on-1 mentorship for entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow their food businesses. The program was designed to train the next generation of food business entrepreneurs by providing training and workspace to develop new restaurants, packaged foods and catering businesses in Jamaica, Queens. In its first two years of operation, the program successfully graduated 100 participants, 75 percent of whom were women and 70 percent of whom were minority entrepreneurs. Graduates from the program have received Vendy Awards and Good Food Awards, have been showcased at the NYC Wine and Food Festival, and have participated at major events including the Brooklyn Army Terminal Centennial Celebration and the Queens Night Market.
Jamaica FEASTS was launched out of the 2015 Jamaica NOW Action Plan, a $153 million dollar neighborhood initiative announced in 2015 by the de Blasio Administration, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and NYCEDC.
Following Jamaica FEASTS' initial success, NYCEDC announced the expansion of the program in partnership with Queens Library. The program will grow from 100 to 250 students and expand to other neighborhoods across Queens to address high demand for similar resources throughout the city.