|Culinary enthusiasts mark the date Nov. 1-3|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 17:06|
Food and wine enthusiasts will certainly be marking Nov. 1-3 in red on their calendars, as this week begins the countdown to the biggest culinary event of the year in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Growing on the success from last year’s sold out events, the organizers of the 2nd Annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival are promising to pull out of the stops for another successful culinary weekend event.
“We were blown away by the response we received last year,” said Co-Chair Nikheel Advani. Last year’s three day festival kicked off with a hugely successful opening dinner with celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan. “We had to turn people away,” said Advani.
The group is staying hush-hush about the identity of the headliners for this year’s event, but Co-Chair Tony Garland said, “I can guarantee you that the line-up is going to be a fantastic one. It is definitely going to be one you are not going to want to miss.”
Last month the team travelled to the Aspen Food and Wine Classic to promote the festival to the best in the industry.
“It was very well received,” Advani said. “As you know, everybody wants to come to the Caribbean.”
Garland added that during their visit they had the opportunity to mingle with some of the top chefs and winemakers of the world who have expressed interest in participating in the future.
Organizing committee member Murad Mohamad, representing the Wine Cellar, revealed that winemaker John Terlato of Rutherford Hill will be a part of this year’s events, which will again include a food and wine pairing event. Saturday will be highlighted with the 7th Annual Gourmet Safari, where guests will tour the culinary world of the TCI, visiting different local restaurants for each course.
Two events are being added to the agenda for 2012 — a family fun day called Island Food Fest and a signature dinner designed for men only. Advani described the Island Food Fest as a cook out on the beach in which an invited chef from the U.S. will compete with one of the top local chefs for a best rib throw down.
Advani says although the festival will include additional affairs, the number of tickets per event are being limited to ensure guests continue to have the ideal opportunity to interact with the guest chefs and winemakers.
The organizational team has help in its efforts with support from both the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Tourist Board. “We are 110-percent behind this event,” said Tourism Board Director Ralph Higgs.
Executive Associate of the TCHTA Stacy Cox said that the TCI is not only known for the great resorts, but also the exquisite culinary talents represented on the islands.
“The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival is just another fabulous opportunity to showcase that, and another reason for people to come to the Turks and Caicos,” she said.
Looking to the future, Advani says the goal is to be the premier culinary event in the Caribbean. The team has ambitions to grow the event to an entire week in the future.
“Not only is the event growing, the quality of the event is growing,” said organizing committee member Chef Wolfgang von Wieser. “We grow every year, and it just keeps getting better and better.”
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