|Caribbean Food & Wine Festival to be headlined by celebrity chefs|
|Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:49|
Food and wine lovers should mark their calendars for a stimulating three-day celebration of Caribbean cuisine and culture.
The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival Committee, in partnership with Grace Bay Resorts, The Wine Cellar and The Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, has revealed the official schedule for the 2nd annual festival, which takes place Nov. 1-3.
The much anticipated food and wine gala has attracted the attention of culinary greats, such as Chef John DeLucie, Chef and Owner of The Lion and Crown in New York City. Chef DeLucie will be participating in a cooking demonstration and a book signing, in addition to working alongside Chef Beau MacMillan, who is returning for his second year.
The festivities will kick off with a Welcome Dinner and five-course meal prepared by Chef DeLucie and Executive Chef Fritz Zwahlen of Aman Resort on Nov. 1, followed by the popular Gourmet Safari, to take place on Nov. 2, when guests will tour the culinary world of Providenciales, visiting different local restaurants for each course.
The evening safari will begin with beverages hosted by Grace Bay Club, appetizer course hosted by Coyaba, two main courses presented by Seven Stars and the Regent Palms and finally finishing the evening with dessert at The Gansevoort.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, guests will enjoy a Food & Wine Tasting at The Veranda Resort and Residences, where gourmet chocolates, cheeses, seafood, meats and local favorites will be on the menu. Following the tasting, the first ever “Street Food Fair” will showcase the expert grilling and barbeque techniques of more than 15 chefs from the island. The Street Food Fair will also incorporate a friendly competition between a local and guest chef.
“Based on the overwhelming response to last year’s event, we are absolutely thrilled to incorporate additional events and offers in 2012 that will wow and delight our guests,” says Nikheel Advani, festival co-chairman.
“We are confident that the growing success of the festival each year will help us achieve our goals of furthering the food and beverage programs available to our younger, aspiring chefs as well as making Turks and Caicos a culinary destination in the Caribbean.”
“The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival offers us a rare opportunity to highlight the phenomenal talent we have in Turks and Caicos, while also reinforcing the sense of community and hospitality when people come together to dine,” said Anthony Garland, festival co-chairman.
Returning wine makers include Tuck Beckstoffer of Napa Valley, as well as the owners of Duck Pond and Desert Winds wines, operated by the Fries and Jenkins families. This year, the festival also welcomes new wineries such as Terlato Wines International, which represents more than 60 of the world’s finest wines.
“The Turks and Caicos Tourism Board is pleased to support the 2nd Annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival, and though still in its infancy, the event has already become a highlight on the social calendars for food and wine lovers around the world,” said Ralph Higgs, director of Tourism for Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. “We welcome everyone to our beautiful shores to take part in this unforgettable event.”
|Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 12:37|
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