Trinidad & Tobago celebrates fourth annual culinary festival
Port of Spain, Trinidad – April 23, 2008 – Trinidad & Tobago, known to many for its eclectic mix of food stamped with cultural influences, is celebrating the fourth annual “Taste Trinidad & Tobago” culinary festival. Seeking to broaden the world’s view of the destination- one taste bud at a time, this year’s event is also actively incorporating the community by featuring the unique relationship between tradition and food. The 2008 festival, held at the Jean Pierre Complex, will showcase contemporary gourmet cuisine on Saturday, May 24 and traditional cuisine on Sunday, May 25.
“Taste T&T” is an exciting culinary concept that highlights the diversity and creative talents that have enriched Trinidad & Tobago’s culture. With overwhelming influences from Indian, Arabic, Chinese, African and indigenous Amerindians, the event will captivate not only the most adventurous, but the most sophisticated “foodies.” The dominance of East Indian culture in Trinidad & Tobago is evident throughout the island’s cuisine. Bringing a diverse mix of herbs and spices, most notably curry, the local menu is a reflection of the East Indian integration in the island’s culture. With that in mind, it is no surprise that cuisine such as Chinese, fused with local ingredients, would be a far cry from what is normally consumed anywhere else in the world. Not to be left out, the rich and equally dominant African heritage has all but completed this culinary melting pot with soups, stews, fish and starchy vegetables such as potato and pumpkin.
This year’s event will have some enticing additions to the itinerary, including a Pot Spoon Throw Down competition, to be held May 10 as a preliminary event aimed at incorporating the community and showcasing the indigenous foods that make Trinidad & Tobago so unique. Participants will be judged on the following dishes- doubles, bake and shark, corn soup and oil down. The winner in each category will join 12 of the best gourmet chefs on the island in a demonstration kitchen on May 25. Another added component in the festivities includes Restaurant Week, May 26-31, during which the 12 featured chefs’ restaurants will offer a discount to patrons who retain their ticket receipts from the festival.
Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. Trinidad & Tobago, with their careful approach to tourism offers one of the last absolutely unspoiled Caribbean destinations. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world famous Carnival and the birth place of the steel pan drum. Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint picturesque villages, award winning eco-attractions and private villas. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit www.gotrinidadandtobago.com or www.visittobago.gov.tt or call 800-816-7541.
Written by Trinidad and Tobago Tourism