Caribbean Food and Wine Festival

By Elisha Jennings

Calling all food and wine lovers to attend the annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival which features the crème de la crème of the culinary and wine arena with the setting being ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands. Now in its eighth year, the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival is scheduled for November 1 to 4, 2018 and it promises to be the finest one yet. The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival has invited world renowned chefs Andrew Pern and Shaun O’Neale to headline the event. This impressive line-up will be complemented with wines from David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars, Michael Stewart of Stewart Cellars and Geoffrey Bouilly of Moet Hennessy.

The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival is sponsored by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, The Wine Cellar and Grace Bay Resorts and is widely considered to be the most remarkable culinary event of the year in the Turks and Caicos. The festival attracts visitors from all over the world who are eager for a premium culinary experience. The event, which is co-chaired by Nikheel Advani of Grace Bay Resorts and Anthony Garland of The Wine Cellar, has enhanced the dining scene in the Turks and Caicos Islands while highlighting and celebrating culinary excellence and talent throughout the region and internationally. The world class event showcases a perfect fusion of master chefs, exotic wines and cocktails connoisseurs on a few of the most luxurious sites on Providenciales including our sumptuous resorts and restaurants. Each ticketed event offers attendees an irresistible palate pleasing cuisine experience.

“The Caribbean Food & Wine Festival has become both a key calendar event and a noteworthy island tradition” said Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism. “The festival showcases our nation’s exceptional culinary reputation with a taste of global culinary trends, and furthers the Turks & Caicos Islands place as leaders in the Caribbean food and beverage scene.”

The proceeds from the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival are used to provide assistance to the Little Chefs program which provides culinary training and development for aspiring young chefs in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  

Wine and dine in paradise at the following Caribbean Food and Wine Festival events:

Thursday, November 1
Welcome Dinner – Amanyara
The kick-off dinner for the weekend-long events, features exceptional creations by Chef Shawn McClain.

Friday, November 2
Women of Wine Luncheon – Solana Restaurant
This event caters to the adage “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” by offering an extended lunch break in a relaxed environment for women who love wines, featuring Veuve Clicquot.  

Gourmet Safari – Progressive gourmet dining experience This interactive ‘dine around’ gives festival guests an opportunity to discover the Island’s incredible restaurants. Now in its ninth year, the Gourmet Safari was the original event that served as a catalyst for the festival and continues to be a guest favorite today.  

  • Grace Bay Club – Innovative cocktails
  • Coyaba – First course
  • Seven Stars – Fish course
  • The Palms – Meat course
  • Gansevoort – Dessert

Saturday, November 3
Food & Wine Pairing – The Palms
Intimate food and wine pairing seminars highlighting meat, seafood and cheese  with tasting rooms showcasing guest chefs and winemakers with support from the aspiring local talent of the ‘Lit’l Chefs’ mentor program.

Dinner with the Stars – Grace Bay Club
Headlining Chef Andrew Pern pairs his signature recipes with the winemakers’ rarest vintages for a lavish dinner experience, allowing guests to dine under the beautiful Grace Bay stars alongside the festival’s featured stars.

Sunday, November 4
Sunday Brunch – The Shore Club A casual brunch event catering to guests craving a taste for more of the weekend’s festivities.

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