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September 10, 2013

In recent years, the Turks and Caicos Islands have emerged as a leading culinary destination in the Caribbean.  Tony Providenciales resorts have led the way in introducing fine dining venues that feature innovative cuisine, and independent restaurateurs have quickly followed suit by offering international cuisine artfully presented with a Caribbean twist.


The third annual Turks and Caicos Caribbean Food and Wine Festival (CFCW) showcases the best of some of these Turks and Caicos restaurants and promises a culinary extravaganza for food and wine lovers.


While the CFCW may start on Halloween, the culinary treats that will be served will be anything but spooky.


Chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya, Nelson Mandela’s personal chef of 20 years,  will join other US based celebrity chefs such as Tiffany Derry, to present an incredible culinary celebration alongside the local culinary experts.  The festival’s schedule includes a welcome dinner on October 31, a gourmet safari on November 1 and a food and wine pairing plus a street fair on November 2.  The festival will conclude with a fabulous dinner under the stars on the last night of the culinary extravaganza. One special highlight this year is the ‘Women of Wine’ luncheon on November 1st served up at the Beach House Turks and Caicos with a special menu prepared by the two celebrity chefs.


During the three-day event, expect to sample dishes that include Turks and Caicos conch, fresh caught South Caicos lobster, and local fish such as flavorful grouper, mahi mahi and snapper.  Festival dishes will be expertly paired with wines produced by House of Mandela, St. Francis Wines and Tuck Beckstoffer Wines among others.


This popular event sells out quickly and tickets are limited.  The Alexandra Resort is offering a special package for festival attendees, which includes tickets to some of the events.  The four-night vacation package includes a 20% discount on all room categories, two complimentary passes to the food tasting event at Beach House Resort ($120 value), and two complimentary passes to the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival’s street fair ($50 value).  Some conditions apply – click here for details.


Bon appétit!

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