by Dick Nieuwendyk
“A Taste of the Caribbean” is the largest indoor Caribbean Food and Culture Festival in Canada. This year’s theme was “GOIN’ DOWN SOUTH” making the ethnic link of the culture of South of the Border to the culture of the Southern Caribbean. Foods from the Caribbean Islands, New Orleans, Brazil, Mexico and Africa prepared by visiting Chefs, local Chefs and Restaurants were featured. The venue also featured tourism kiosks, tables with art & crafts, cosmetics, fashions, jewellery, and decorative items.
Special guest chefs were Executive Chef and Author Daniel Thomas, special events chef for President Obama and to some of the U.S. top politicians, entertainers, athletes, and celebrities; Chef and Author Selwyn Richards, who has been cooking delicious food with an artistic flair for over 30 years. He is the CEO of The Art of Catering, which he operates with his two brothers Lennox and Travis; Chef Kelerne Cupid is a culinary entrepreneur, born in St. Vincent & the Grenadines with more than just a passion for food or desserts. She attended George Brown College where she studied Culinary Arts. Chef Kelerne has catered dinners and parties to celebrities and NBA stars which gave her the opportunity to experience preparing different styles and techniques of the cuisines requested.
Entertainment included music by DJ 610, a fashion show, live food demonstrations by Chef Daniel Thomas, colourful shows by Dance Caribe Performance Company, Jazz and Reggae singer Kaisha Lee, and T&T Express and RiddimSouljah.
Star performer at this year’s festival was Calypso Rose, the “Queen of Calypso”, who is world renowned for her great hits and performances. She was presented the TOTC Lifetime Achievement Award by Gemma Raeburn-Baynes, president and founder of TOTC.
“A Taste of the Caribbean Festival” is well recognized by the City of Montreal as a major multicultural event, bridging the French, English, Spanish and Dutch Caribbean communities in Quebec and Canada.
TOTC OBJECTIVE is to educate today’s youth by supplying scholarships for them to become tomorrow’s professionals. Encouraging them to learn, develop and succeed in becoming contributors in society. Promote and explore the diversity of the Caribbean. To share and celebrate the spirit and culture of the Caribbean community and provide an opportunity for people of all ages, different backgrounds
and walks of life to explore the diversity of the Caribbean