Taste of the Caribbean, a culinary showcase and demonstration with various countries represented, returned this year. With it, Taste of the Islands also returned, a culinary display of tapas-style small bites from all of the competing teams. I missed last year’s event on account of going to a wedding, but I credit their 2014 event for making me realize that I don’t hate all Caribbean food. I was excited to come back and sample some more eats, and possibly discover new things to add to my cravings rotation. Sadly, I had to skipped the “signature cocktail” for each team, as I have given up alcohol. I bet they were delicious, though!
In total, 13 islands participated in Taste of the Islands 2016, each bringing the unique style and flavors of their culture to the forefront. The pictures don’t do it justice, especially with a camerawoman that is trying to balance a tray of food while taking pictures. But, you get the idea.
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
Virgin Islands (USVI)
My favorites were the sancocho (root vegetable stew) from Team Puerto Rico and the shrimp corn dogs from Team Bahamas. This was a great event with lots of great food, great music, and good times. I will be back next year!