LAS CROABAS--El Conquistador Resort & Country Club will again
host the Taste of the Caribbean food and beverage competition,
sponsored by the Caribbean Culinary Foundation, a subsidiary of the
Caribbean Hotel Association, from Oct. 3 to 8.
The third annual stand-alone conference is expected to attract
more than 150 chefs representing various hotels and restaurants
from 20 Caribbean destinations.
For the first time, the event, which once was reserved for
industry representatives only, is open to the public and is
commissionable at 10%.
The five-day Taste of the Caribbean event features seminars,
tastings, workshops, luncheons and dinners prepared in the
competition kitchens, a mini-trade show and product exhibits,
receptions, folkloric events and a dinner-dance.
The highlight of the event is the competition for the annual
Caribbean Food & Beverage Awards of Excellence. The awards are
presented to the winners of the Caribbean National Team, Chef and
Bartender. Celebrity chef Paul Bocuse will award a trip to France
to the highest-scoring individual medalist.
A new feature this year is the Caribbean Invitational Challenge,
an international cook-off at which chefs from outside the region
create and present their interpretations of contemporary Caribbean
cuisine from "mystery" baskets of indigenous ingredients.
Bill Moore, chairman of the event's steering committee, said
that the conference package "represents exceptional value. The rate
includes many of the events as well as accommodations for five
nights, an afternoon tour and a tasting party at the Bacardi Rum
Package rates start at $1,495 per room, double, plus air. Group
discounts on air fares are available through American Airlines.
Caribbean Hotel Association, Phone: (787)725-9139
Taste package, Phone: (212) 355-7034, E-mail: