The 9th annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival brought together tons of amazing chefs on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. The event, which ran from October 31 to November 3, was jam-packed with food, fun and plenty of island flair. The 4-day-long premier culinary experience brought together local and international tastemakers for an unforgettable weekend.
“This year’s festival [brought] together two Michelin-starred chefs, a James Beard Award Winner, esteemed winemakers and a group of extremely talented local chefs in honor of our beloved islands,” Nikheel Advani, Caribbean Food and Wine Festival Co-Chair and COO and Principal of Grace Bay Resorts, explained. “The exposure we have to some of the world’s most highly-regarded chefs during this festival has bolstered our local talent and led to the Turks and Caicos becoming one of the best food and beverage destinations in the Caribbean. Supporting our local community through these efforts has allowed us to continue to be a leader in this category and we hope to inspire other islands to flourish in this way as well.”
So, who were the heavy hitters from the culinary world? Ryan McCaskey, chef and proprietor of Chicago’s Acadia restaurant, U.K.-based chef Atul Kochhar, chef and restauranteur of The Genuine Hospitality Group Michael Schwartz. Wine experts Alberto Chiarlo, the marketing manager for family-owned Michele Chiarlo Winery, and creative director for brands such as Blackbird Vineyards, Recuerdo Wines, and Aerena Wines, Michael Polenske, also attended the swanky celebration.
The weekend was stacked with happenings, and there was a little something for everyone. Whether it was a lunch for women who love wine or dinner under the stars, each menu was curated specially for the attendees.
In addition to good food and company, the entire event benefitted an important cause. The non-for-profit festival worked to raise funds for The Department of Youth Affairs, Lit’l Chefs mentor program. “The program supports and encourages young local chefs to develop skills that will assist them in pursuing careers in hospitality, a vital industry of Turks and Caicos.”
It was definitely a weekend for the books. Keep scrolling to see photos!
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