Enjoy the authentic sights, sounds and flavors of the Caribbean during the 2018 “Taste the Islands Experience.” Food and spirits enthusiasts with a taste for island indulgences will enjoy an all-inclusive evening featuring celebrity cooking demos, an artisan shopping village, live music and more at the second annual celebration to take place on the Riverfront on the lawn of the New River Inn. Attendees can explore the fine art of Caribbean cooking with celebrity chefs including “Taste the Islands” TV show hosts Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna of Haiti, Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair of Jamaica and Chef Amit Raval, head chef of Amtar Fine Foods in Trinidad. This cadre of culinarians will sample their gourmet Caribbean creations in the “Taste the Islands” pavilion and present demonstrations on the event’s main stage. For an even wider selection of Caribbean fare, Restaurant Row will host 15 local cafes and caterers representing multiple islands, each offering different menu selections while an open bar will serve island specialties. A 5-day, 4-night all-inclusive trip for two to Barbados (valued at $2,000 including hotel and air travel) will also be raffled off with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.
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