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The three-day festival features Christina Tosi, Tiffany Derry, and Xoliswa Ndoyiya

The third annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival starts on October 31st.

The third annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival will take place from October 31st to November 2nd, it's been announced. The festival, supported by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, will take place around the island and at several resorts, including Grace Bay Resorts. “The festival allows us to spotlight the remarkable culinary talent we have here in Turks and Caicos, and elevate the dining experience for visitors and guests by partnering with some of the world’s best chefs and winemakers for a truly unique experience year after year,” festival co-chair Anthony Garland said in a release. The notable chefs that the festival is partnering with this year include Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry, and Nelson Mandela’s personal chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya.

Festival-goers will have a chance to try chef Tosi’s famed “crack” pie as well as her upside down pineapple cake truffles at the Welcome and Closing dinners. Chef Ndoyiya, who has cooked for Mandela for over twenty years, is cooking for the festival’s first “Women of Wine” food and wine pairing luncheon on November 1st. Top Chef’s Tiffany Derry, a season 7 contestant, will be cooking the Welcome dinner.

The food adventure continues with the seventh annual Gourmet Safari on November 1st, which gives diners a taste of dishes from restaurants around the island, and the second annual Island Street Food Fair on November 2nd, where twelve local chefs will serve grilled and barbecue selections. At 8 p.m. that night, chefs Tosi, Ndoyiya, and Derry will headline the “Dinner with the Stars” event at Grace Bay Club.

Ticket prices are listed on the festival’s website, and reservations can be made at (649) 946-5050.

Third Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Starts on October 31st - Recipes

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6 Bucket list Festivals for Caribbean Foodies

There’s no question the Caribbean enjoys some of the most delicious food on earth. So it’s no surprise that so many food festivals called the region home. And there is something for every palate, from fine dining dishes made by celebrity chefs from around the world, to hyper-local festival food fairs perfect for the whole family. If you love a great festival, Caribbean food diehards, we’ve rounded up the best Caribbean food festivals for your next culinary adventure.

For Fine Dining Fans: St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, St. Croix

One glorious week in April foodies from around the work heard to this luxe festival, which features some of the finest chefs from across the region and around the world. But unlikely other fancy wine and food fests, this event is deeply tied to the community. Local restaurateurs Kelly Odom and Katherine Pugliese first founded the St. Croix festival to celebrate local talent, which is still the heart of the event. And among all this fining dining, the festival also serves as a non-profit, which raised over $1.5 million for community programs since launching the event. The festival makes a triumphant return in 2019, after the island suffered from two hurricanes.

For Conch Heads: Conch Festival, Turks and Caicos

Yes we could have picked the fabulous Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, which attracts celebrity chefs around the world, but we love how the Conch Festival celebrates this truly unique ingredient. Founded in 2004, the festival sought to bring more attention to the idyllic Blue Hills area, and chose the island’s symbol as the star of the show. Expect conch in every shape and form. This includes conch salad, fritters and stew of course, but also more inventive applications like conch empanadas and conch wontons.

For Cocktail Hour: Saborea! Puerto Rico

Saborea! Puerto Rico serves their annual festival with a dash of fun, filled with cuisine form around the world and plenty tasty libations to match. Among the four-day festivities, the Bubbles & Bites event remains a house favorite, where dishes celebrating local flavors are paired with sparking drinks. Or start your day right with their popular Brunch event, where chefs from restaurants around the world show off their skills. But perhaps nothing can beat their new Saborea Grand Tasting Sunset event, where patrons can enjoy delicious bites under the setting sun.

For The Freshest Catch: San Pedro Lobsterfest, Belize

For lucky patrons in San Pedro, Belize, luxurious lobster is just another local ingredient to add to the pot. Now all of us can enjoy their crustacean gifts at their annual festival, a massive, 10-day block party celebrating the reopening of the lobster season. Patrons can follow the great lobster crawl through the festival’s variety of events, sampling the shellfish in every different form imaginable. Whatever you do, be sure not to miss the lobster catching competition!

For Roots Foodies: Blue Food Festival, Tobago

This may be the only festival in the Caribbean celebrating the region’s iconic ingredient dasheen – the sometimes blue-tinged ground provision use in many classic dishes. Nicknamed “blue food” in Tobago, the Blue Food Festival shows off its multiple applications, as chefs are challenged to transform the ingredient into many appetizers, entrees and even desserts. The whole event enjoys a friendly fair atmosphere, with entertainment, live demonstrations, and a kid’s zone. Plus, one can’t miss the unique curry duck competition.

For Rum Acolytes: St. Lucia Food and Rum Festival

Rum reigns supreme as the liquor of choice in the Caribbean, and the St. Lucian Food and Rum Festival puts the brew front and center. The event hosts the region’s first Caribbean Rum Awards, plus unique mixologist specials, a rum-centric menu, and a show-stopping dinner by a celebrity chef, like this year’s Marcus Samuelsson. Restaurants across the island participate in the celebrations, so the festival makes the perfect excuse for an epic rum crawl, with delicious dishes to boot.

Big Weekend: Caribbean Food and Wine Fest

Turks and Caicos is an island nation—well, more a chain of islands—with around 45,000 full-time residents. The biggest draw is the pristine beaches, with white sand and postcard blue surf lining a small number of luxury resorts mostly located on the island of Providenciales. It’s a quiet and remote place, built up in just the right places. You can go a week speaking with only six people, and maybe a couple of cats or geckos. Chill is an understatement. Plus, it’s only a 3.5 hour direct flight from NYC and Philadelphia. Miami and Charlotte fly direct too.

Over the weekend some of the world’s top food and wine professionals, and some lucky journalists (hand in the air), enjoyed a little bread and circus on Turks during the 1 st Annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival.

The two-day festival was organized by two of the country’s most passionate culinary guys: Anthony Garland of Provo’s main rum depot The Wine Cellar and Nikheel Advani, C.O.O. of Grace Bay Resorts—and an all-around rum geek. In speaking with the two over several glasses of wine (more on that below), it’s clear their passion lies in uniting local culinary flavors with international expertise. Think local red snapper and lobster sauced with exotica like yuzu kochu and green tea jelly. Here are some highlights:

Welcome dinner hosted by Beau MacMillan
You may recognize Beau MacMillian from TV—he’s appeared on Iron Chef America and hosted Worst Cooks in America with Anne Burrell on The Food Network. I, admittedly, had no idea who the guy was when I sat down to his kickoff tasting menu at Anacaona at the Grace Bay Club. His cooking spoke volumes: miso-glazed sea bass cooked to perfection with a fresh shitake snap pea salad and coconut foam.

The crowd cooed at foie gras crème brulee, topped with a creative black truffle meringue. As chef at Elements outside Scottsdale, MacMillian has established himself as one of the Southwest’s most inventive kitchen talents and clear winner of the guy-you-would-want-to- hang-out-with award. (And we did hang for a fun interview to be published later this week.) The courses were paired with wine from Oregon’s Duck Pond Cellar, with an assist in the kitchen from the Grace Bay Club’s chef Wolfgang Van Wieser.

Before dinner, author and all around rad-person Divya Gugnani signed copies of her new book Sexy Women Eat—which is a sentiment we certainly get behind here at Food Republic.

Food & Wine Tasting Experience
After shaking off the wine head—credit to Scott Jenkins of Duck Pond for keeping the glasses filled with his wineries’ Pinot Gris all night—I headed to the Veranda Resort for an afternoon of wine-food pairings and education. Master sommelier Geoff Kruth, who is also the Director of Operations of the country’s top wine guide, lead a wine and cheese pairing workshop.

“Wine and cheese very often go terribly together,” he admitted as he challenged us to match up high-alcohol and bitter Viogniers with a range of cheeses like smoked brie and salty goat. I hit the holy grail with a Far Niente Chardonnay and cheddar. Beau MacMillian returned to pair lamb loin smoked in hay and sous vide pork belly with a stellar Cabernet introduced by Napa Valley living legend Tuck Beckstoffer.

Gourmet Safari
For the past five years Turks and Caicos has hosted a Culinary Safari, which is exactly what it sounds like: getting a bunch of food-obsessed beachgoers on a bus to hit many of the island’s restaurants. As a storm brewed in the distance, the guests hit the infinity pool area at the Grace Bay Club for passed appetizers (lobster wrapped in mango, tataki beef with soy pickled carrot) and Beckstoffer’s Seven Five Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc. Beckstoffer would be pairing all the wines along the way.

The next stop was Coyaba, a garden restaurant opened by well-regarded Caribbean chef Paul Newman in 1999. He’s considered by many the father of a style of new world fusion cooking in the region. His plate of ahi tuna was served with a bit of a parlor trick: a smoked infusion that was injected into the plate and covered with a martini glass. I liked the pistachio-crusted baby back ribs better.

After a short ride on the bus, we hit Seven Restaurant at the Seven Stars for halibut with a chorizo emulsion. Indeed, the porky blast did nice things with the fish, freshly caught in the Atlantic. But our biggest highlight of the stop was a caipirinha served with a red wine float—the bitterness of the rum and wine worked well with the tart lime and simple syrup. We were allowed to take that on the bus for the ultimate roadie.

The highlight of the safari was easily the stop at the super-luxe Regent Palms, where French-born chef Eric Vernice works magic at his bustling Parallel 23. An open kitchen gave us a peek into the chef’s fusion style of cooking, blending Caribbean products with touches of India, Mexico and Morocco. He served a perfectly butchered and prepared New Zealand lamb rack with oven-roasted baby carrots and one hell of a surprise: a single hand-rolled ravioli stuffed with fragrant lamb shoulder. I was so blown away that I almost missed Mickey Rourke walk in. I think it was him at least. There was a lot of wine being consumed. And speaking of that, Beckstoffer served a super-rare 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon—100% Cab and restricted to only 24 cases.

The final stop was The Gansevoort. Which, like its other locations around the world, was more party than anything. A flourless chocolate cake was served, but I had more fun watching a wedding party conga line in the adjacent bar. And, of course, “I Got A Feeling” came on and everybody on the Safari started to dance as well–dangerously close to the infinity pool. Nobody fell in. I guess there wasn’t that much wine on the trip, thankfully.

Third Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Starts on October 31st - Recipes

The 2018 edition of Providenciales’ celebrated Caribbean Food and Wine Festival will feature a Michelin-starred restaurateur and a MasterChef champion, festival co-chair Nikheel Advani announced, and limited tickets are still available.

Five visiting guests will headline another strong roster of chefs, winemakers, tastemakers and culinary innovators at the upcoming festival:

  • Chef and restaurateur Andrew Pern, owner of The Star Inn at Harome, a Michelin-starred restaurant and the UK’s Number 1 Gastropub in 2017
  • MasterChef Season Seven Champion Shaun O’Neale, author of “My Modern American Table”
  • David Ramey, co-founder of Ramey Wine Cellars and Sidebar Cellars
  • Michael Stewart, founder at Stewart Cellars in Yountville, California
  • Geoffrey Bouilly, Caribbean market manager for Moet Hennessy, representing Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Advani, CEO of Grace Bay Resorts, said the annual celebration of Caribbean cuisines “has created an international stage for chefs and winemakers from around the world to come together for an entirely unique gastronomic experience that supports our local community.” At a press conference last week, Advani emanated with enthusiasm for the upcoming events, where attendees have the opportunity to interact with the chefs and winemakers. “You get to have those conversations about the passions you share about food and wine and pairings, so it is quite remarkable.”

The popular non-profit festival returns to the Turks and Caicos this week, Nov. 1-4, with proceeds benefiting the The Department of Youth Affairs’ Lit’l Chefs menor program. Tickets and information are available online at

Schedule of Events (click flyer above to see more details)
Thursday, Nov. 1
Welcome Dinner
The kick-off dinner for the weekend-long events features exceptional creations by Chef Shawn McClain, and will be hosted at the Amanyara Resort.

Friday, Nov. 2
Women of Wine Luncheon
This event, at Solana Restaurant, 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, a 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. This year’s schedule:

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

Saturday, Nov. 3
Food & Wine Pairing
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. The event is being hosted at The Palms resort in Grace Bay.

Dinner under the Stars
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 at the Grace Bay Club, alongside the festival’s featured stars.

Sunday, Nov. 4
Sunday Brunch
A casual brunch event at The Shore Club resort on Long Bay,caters to guests craving a taste for more of the weekend’s festivities.

Caribbean Food and Wine Festival

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.

Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Returns on November 3rd, 2016

If you’re planning to visit the Turks and Caicos this November you’re in for a wonderful treat.

From November 3rd to 6th, the island of Providenciales is host to the annual Turks and Caicos Culinary Festival.

This annual 3-day festival for foodies in Providenciales features celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, Iron Chef stars and more!

The 2016 Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Schedule

It kicks off with a welcome Dinner and 5-course meal on November 3rd.

After that, festival-goers travel all over Providenciales on a “Gourmet Safari” culinary adventure.

The festival winds up on the third day with an Island Food Fair and Food & Wine tasting event for both kids and adults.

Tickets cost between $475 to $625 per person (tickets can be purchased for single events see below for details).

Special Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Package

To celebrate the return of the Caribbean’s most sophisticated culinary event, the Tuscany on Grace Bay is offering visitors who book a seven-night stay, receive two tickets to selected events at the 2016 Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, a $150 value. Contact us for more details.

Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Schedule

The kick-off dinner at a Providenciales luxury resort features exception creations by Chef Shawn McClain

Women of Wine Luncheon ($60)

Cocktails at a Providenciales luxury resort, followed by dinner at Coyaba

2019 Fall Festivals in New Orleans

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As summer winds down, fall festival season kicks off, featuring lots of delicious food, local live music, and most importantly, cool weather. Get to know New Orleans’ festival scene this fall you can experience everything from food and music fests to history and art fests. Use this guide to figure out which festivals you𠆝 like to visit for. Or better yet, come for them all.

NOLA on Tap

Sponsored by The Bulldog and the Louisiana SPCA, NOLA on Tap is a feel-good festival, as it combines awesome local beers with philanthropy. Every fall, City Park is taken over by hundreds of breweries, microbreweries, and pubs who offer the best of their beers for a good cause. Bring your pup to this outdoor fall fest, and enjoy live music, food, and drink in the gorgeous September weather. Free to enter. Tickets required for beer tasting.

National Fried Chicken Festival

The National Fried Chicken Festival, presented by Raising Cane’s, has quickly grown to be one of the most popular fall festivals in New Orleans. The fest takes place in Woldenberg Park, where you’ll find local and national vendors selling their best fried chicken dishes, along with live music, drinks, kids’ activities, and contests like the Annual Fried Chicken Eating Contest. The 2019 festival has expanded to be 3 days of fried chicken! Free to enter. VIP experiences areਊvailable. 


Celebrate all things German with beer, brats, Oompah music and more at the 91st annual Duetches Haus Oktoberfest celebration. This year’s event, which takes place along the banks of Mid-City’s Bayou St. John, will also feature a Dachshund race, dance competitions, and more than 20 different German beers, a variety of German wines, and over 20 types of schnapps. Admission is $8, but children under 12 get in for free.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Stages and grills take over Lafayette Square every October during Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. The fest honors the beloved music genre and the local musicians who make it so great, and of course, delicious BBQ. Besides food and music, you can expect crafts, great drinks, and even an oral history area, where musicians and chefs can tell stories to fest attendees themselves. Free to enter. VIP packages available for sale.

Beignet Fest

Being one of the most popular treats in New Orleans, beignets are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. While the classic pastry is plain fried dough with powdered sugar on top, beignets are served in a variety of flavors across the city. At Beignet Fest, sample different variations from sweet to savory for just $1 each. Free to enter. 

Art for Art&aposs Sake

The Magazine Street Merchant&aposs Association hosts Art for Art&aposs Sake every Fall along Magazine and Julia Street. Gallery hop while sipping on a cold beverage and enjoy entertainment throughout the streets.ਏrom contemporary to classic art, including photography, sculpture and more, the galleries and local businesses stay open late and offer great deals. Free to attend.

Carnaval Latino

Carnaval Latino is a vibrant celebration of Latin American history, music, and culture as well as the Hispanic culture here in New Orleans today. Attendees can experience amazing Latin American music, food, and drink, as well as attend an annual parade. Local bands and bands from around the world play music at Carnaval Latino every October. Parade packages are available for those interested in riding.

NOLA Mac n&apos Cheese Fest

The third annual Mac n&apos Cheese Fest returns to Armstrong Park this October. Enjoy tastings, cocktails, live musicਊnd an art market. See who wins "Best Dish in Show" and the Mac n Cheese eating competition. This is one of the cheesiest festivals in the city! Admission is free, but food and drink tickets will beਊvailable to purchase.

New Orleans Film Festival

Each year New Orleans is home to some of the best in the film business. Actors, actresses, directors, producers, writers and of course fans of film flock to the Crescent City to showcase works and participate in exclusive viewings. Anything from full-length features, documentaries, shorts, animations and even music videos can be expected at this weeklong fest. With so many genres and so much to choose from, you can customize your New Orleans Film Fest Experience starting at just $9! Or indulged in the entire weekend of festivities with all-inclusive packages ranging from $250-$320.

Krewe of Boo

Krewe of Boo is the annual, spooky Halloween parade in New Orleans, because no major holiday is complete without a parade here. The parade rolls through the French Quarter and passes landmarks like Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. The floats are scary works of art, and everyone who attends dresses in costume in celebration of Halloween weekend. Free to attend.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Every Halloween weekend in New Orleans marks Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, a music and arts festival in New Orleans that takes over City Park. The 2019 lineup includes headliners like Guns N&apos Roses, Post Malone, Beck, Bassnectar, Brandi Carlileਊnd more. From alternative rock to electronic music, music fans will love the artistic and immersive experience at this one-of-a-kind music festival. Ticket prices vary.

Tremé Fall Festival

Explore the historic Faubourg Tremé, the oldest African-American neighborhood in the U.S., during its annual neighborhood festival, Tremé Fall Fest. Located near St. Augustine Church, the fest features local musicians, food vendors, drinks, kids’ activities, and more. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about an incredibly significant neighborhood not just to New Orleans but for the whole country while having an amazing time. The event is family-friendly and any donation proceeds help to fund the restoration of St. Augustine Church! Free to enter. Donations appreciated.

Bayou Bacchanal

Celebrate the culture and heritage of the islands at the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, Bayou Bacchanal. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal is an annual celebration of Caribbean food, music, dance and tradition. Their annual Bayou Bacchanal parade will sweep the streets of Downtown New Orleans and end at Crescent Park for a daylong festival featuring a number of Trinidadian and Jamaican food and merchandise vendors, Socca artists and dancers. Come dressed in traditional Carnival attire for your chance to win a grand prize! Tickets for Bayou Bacchanal are $15 in advance and $20 at Crescent Park.

Boudin, Bourbon and Beer

Created by famous chef, Emeril Lagasse, Boudin, Bourbon and Beer is a foodies dream. Several top local chefs join Emeril in creating unique boudin dishes in Champions Square. Music, accompanied by bourbon and beer of course, adds to the ambiance to create a memorable night. Tickets start at $99 but includes all food and drink.

Fête des Fromages

Fête des Fromages is the ideal fall festival for cheese and wine connoisseurs in the Southeast region. Indulge in featured local, national and international cheese samples paired alongside fine red, wine and rose wines imported from Europe. In addition to unlimited cheese samples, wines, ciders and beers, Fete des Fromages will include live cooking demonstrations, competitions, musical entertainment and cheese seminars. Ticket prices vary.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

Leaving New Orleans without trying at least one po-boy is a major foodie faux pas, so luckily visitors who happen to be in town for this fest in November can make sure to cross all their t’s and dot their i’s. This immensely popular festival takes over an entire seven-block stretch of Oak Street between River Road and Carrollton Avenue. Here, you’ll find classics such as fried shrimp, roast beef and hot sausage, as well as more creative, modernized takes like duck, pork belly, oysters rockefeller and the famous fried lobster po-boy. Get there early, and bring your appetite! Free to enter.

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, located in Louis Armstrong Park, is filled with local culture. It’s the only festival in New Orleans to exclusively present local brass bands as the live music entertainment, and of course, the best festival in the city to try plenty of gumbo recipes. There are craft booths, food and drink, and plenty of family-friendly fun to be had at this fall fest. Free to enter.

Bayou Classic

In many cities, Thanksgiving is simply Thanksgiving - one day of thankfulness, family, and lots of food. But here in New Orleans, there’s always an extra party to accompany a holiday. The Bayou Classic, which occurs every Thanksgiving Weekend in New Orleans, is a legendary football game between Grambling and Southern at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The weekend is filled with other special events like a school vs. school Battle of the Bands and a Greek Show. Ticket prices vary. 

*please note that admission prices on all festivals were correct at press time, but are subject to change. Please double check with the individual events as they get closer to make sure they haven’t increased.

25 Birmingham food festivals to put on your 2020 calendar

All throughout the Birmingham metro area in 2020, you’ll find food events celebrating everything from tacos and chicken wings to catfish and barbecue, as well as festivals honoring the cultures and cuisines of Greece, Lebanon, Mexico and the Caribbean, among many others.

To help you make your plans, we’ve compiled our annual list of Birmingham Food Festivals to Put on Your Calendar, with dates, locations and websites to go to for tickets and more information.

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What: Feed the body and nourish the soul at this noontime lunch and preaching series that has become Birmingham's most popular Lenten celebration.

When: Weekdays from 12:05 to 1 p.m., beginning on Ash Wednesday on Feb. 26 and continuing through Maundy Thursday on April 9.

Where: Cathedral Church of the Advent, 2017 Sixth Ave. North, Birmingham.

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MortgageBanc Chili Cook-Off

What: Guests get to sample homemade chili from all the teams competing in this 16th annual event, which benefits the Exceptional Foundation.

When: March 7 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Macy's parking lot, Brookwood Village.

Photo courtesy of Homewood Chamber of Commerce

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Taste of Homewood has been postponed until further notice, according to organizers.

What: Sample dishes from about 30 Homewood restaurants, caterers, coffee houses and beverage vendors.

Where: Rosewood Hall in SoHo Square, Homewood.

Image courtesy of Southern Foodways Alliance

Southern Foodways Alliance Spring Symposium

The Southern Foodways Alliance has canceled the 2020 Spring Symposium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What: Meet and eat with some of the South's finest food writers, chefs and storytellers at this annual symposium presented by the Southern Foodways Alliance. At this year's event, Food & Wine magazine restaurant editor Khushbu Shah and editor-in-chief Hunter Lewis will discuss the future of restaurant criticism the SFA will screen a new film that profiles pitmasters Rodney Scott and Roscoe Hall and 21st century barbecue legacies and chef John Hall will talk about Birmingham as a bold American food city.

Four Days of Island Flavor at the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival

Grace Bay Club, celebrating 25 years on Turks and Caicos, is the only all villa property on the islands.

Guests flocked to wine dinners and tastings at the eighth annual event held on Providenciales.

story and photos by Kelly Magyarics, DWS

Grace Bay Club, established 25 years ago as the first all-suite luxury resort in Turks and Caicos, hosted some of this year’s events at the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival. Held from November 1 – 4 in partnership with the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board and The Wine Cellar, the festival was co-founded by CEO of Grace Bay Resorts, Nikheel Advani, and The Wine Cellar Operations Manager, Anthony Garland.

With a population of just 35,000 but annual overnight visitors reaching 400,000 (and cruise day-trippers topping out at one million), Turks and Caicos touts a focus on elevated food and beverage, understated elegance, and impeccable service – especially on the island of Providenciales (Provo, as the locals call it). “Everything we do has to be handmade,” explained Advani, when asked about guest expectations at Grace Bay Club.

White fish, mango and coconut ceviche served in a coconut shell was a standout dish at the kickoff dinner at Amanyara Resort.

The festival kicked off with a welcome dinner on the terrace of the Amanyara Resort, an ultra-luxe resort on the island’s western shore only accessible by a half-hour drive on an unpaved road. Executive Chef Erik Gremmer prepared a six-course dinner to be paired with wines from Napa’s Stewart Cellars, and winery founder Michael Stewart was on hand to walk through the experience. Seafood was the star of the night: white fish, mango, and coconut ceviche served in a halved coconut alongside Stewart’s 2017 Sonoma County Chardonnay halibut, riced cauliflower, and parsnip puree was paired with a 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

The following afternoon, ladies (and some gentlemen) sat adjacent to competing blues of the sea and sky at the Women of Wine Luncheon at Solana on the beach at Ocean Club West Resort. The resort Chef and Provo native Walky Gedeon’s skills shinned in the four-course meal that included Sicilian lobster and fruit salad, green gazpacho, and linguine with seafood bolognese. Möet Hennessy brand ambassador, Geoffrey Bouilly, tasted attendees through Veuve Clicquot Champagnes including their latest expressions, Rich and Rich Rosé, meant to be served over ice or combined with mixers and juices.

The Gourmet Safari, a progressive dinner that’s arguably the most popular event of the festival, started off poolside just after sunset at the Grace Bay Club with appetizers from Grace Bay Resorts Group Director of Food and Beverage, Christopher Meredith. Passed trays of eel tempura rolls, Wagyu nigiri, salmon maki, and grilled octopus tided guests over until the start of junkanoo: a street parade that originated in the Bahamas with music, dancing, and costumes of Akan origin (modern day Ghana).

The Gourmet Safari progressive dinner started by the pool at Grace Bay Club.

The parade led everyone to restaurant Coyaba where Executive Chef Paul Newman created modern and global takes using local ingredients. Judging from the chatter among the 85 guests, his succulent sesame Wagyu beef ribs were a top dish of the entire night.

At the next stop, Steven Stars Resort, Chef Edwin Gallardo served up a jerk-rubbed veal loin with seasonal root vegetables while the expansive lawn of penultimate location, The Palms Resort, was the site for an al fresco fiesta from Chef Lauren Callighen. Each course was matched with bottles from Ramey Cellars in Sonoma most impressive was the 2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, teeming with tart cherry and raspberry, silky tannins, and a perfect balance of fruit, acid, and earth. The night wrapped up at the sleek and swanky Gansevoort Hotel with endless trays of desserts, a nitro ice cream station, and glasses of Dow’s 10 Year Tawny Port.

The festival culminated at the Dinner With the Stars, a five-course pairing dinner at Grace Bay Club where Meredith melded his British upbringing with Caribbean flair in dishes like soft scrambled egg in the shell with salmon roe, pancetta and brioche, garden mint and peas, and fillet of beef with lobster and horseradish croquettes. In attendance was the Premier Hon Sharlene Linette Cartwright-Robinson and Governor John Freeman, who thanked everyone for supporting the event and the island’s local restaurants and bars.

With luxury brands like the Ritz-Carlton and Andaz set to open properties in the next few years, Provo will surely continue to grow as a hotspot for food and wine festivals to come.

Watch the video: The Best Caribbean Food in Miami (June 2022).