Port of Spain, Trinidad – August 20, 2010 – Global gourmands seeking an extraordinary culinary experience that fuses multi-ethnic heritage and indigenous flavors can travel to Trinidad & Tobago for the Taste T&T Culinary Festival. The event, held from September 2-26, 2010, is hosted in part by the Tourism Development Company (TDC) and will feature workshops led by celebrity chef Rahman ‘Rock’ Harper, season 3 winner of the reality cooking series, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and Danish chef and restaurateur, Claus Meyer.
“Trinidad & Tobago is blessed with a delicious diversity of foods and unique cooking styles,” said Ernest Littles, TDC’s president and director of tourism. “The TDC recognizes the importance of our indigenous cuisine as one of the main attractions of the destination and are working on expanding our brand through an enhanced program of local and international initiatives that will increase awareness and culinary diplomacy.”
More than 400 professional and aspiring chefs are expected to take part in the culinary workshops scheduled for September 2 and 3. The program will focus on chef training, catering, sessions for culinary students and lecturers, local chefs and persons employed in the culinary industry.
Following the workshops, the TDC will launch a nation-wide, roving community food festival which will highlight the home-grown culinary styling of three communities – Toco, Tunapuna and Debe/Barrackpore. In addition to highlighting the talents of local chefs, festival patrons can participate in a family fun-day that includes displays of local crafts and entertainment as well as a farmers market.
For more information on Taste T&T Culinary Festival, visit www.gotrinidadandtobago.com or call 800-816-7541.
About Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the cultural capital of the Caribbean, is home to the world famous Carnival, the birthplace of the steel pan drum and was the host destination for the 2009 Fifth Summit of the Americas and the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the five-time consecutive award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards from 2003 to 2007 and 2009. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com or www.visittobago.gov.tt or call 800-816-7541
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