Wonderful Turks and Caicos Fun at the Food and Wine Festival
Do you crave a quiet and beautiful island getaway that’s full of culinary delights? Quest solved! The 38-square-mile Caribbean Providenciales – a relaxing oasis of serenity and unspoiled nature – in the Turks and Caicos Islands serves up delicious treasures year-round at its many resorts and restaurants. For an extra gourmet taste on the very soon on the horizon, visit during its remarkable 12th Food & Wine Festival, held October 14-16. An annual event, this in-person festival – paused for the previous two years due to the global pandemic – happily returns with new smiles. Star chefs, winemakers, distillers, dedicated foodies and wine lovers will be on hand, from far-flung places, to toast and savor delicious treats at hotspots near the pristine 12-mile stretch of Grace Bay. Beach. Multiple dining and cocktail experiences will be hosted by Grace Bay Resorts, an independent developer of luxury Providencial properties including Grace Bay Club, Rock House, Point Grace and West Bay Club.
Highlights: who, what and where
Delight to eat. Miami-based chef Niven Patel (who’s passionate about farm-to-table food — so much so that he runs his own farm) is behind the much-heralded new Orno restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida. He’s ready to work his culinary magic over a four-course Caribbean-Indian dinner at the Infiniti Bar & Restaurant at Grace Bay Club, the first all-suite luxury resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Chef Patel’s bold and inventive dishes will be accompanied by six wine pairings from the LVE Collection, owned by Academy Award- and Grammy-winning musician John Legend, whose label is a collaboration with Raymond Vineyards of Napa, California.
Applause for whiskey and gin. Located on the north coast of Providenciales on a 14-acre beachfront site, Rock House is a new cliffside resort with 46 accommodations (from poolside studios to two-bedroom beachfront villas), a 350-foot secluded beach and a 100-foot infinity pool fashioned out of a 25-foot limestone rise. There, for the festival, Scottish master distiller Brendan McCarron will entertain and educate attendees through a heady lesson in whiskey mixology, as well as unveil a tasting of Arbikie, the world’s first carbon-neutral gin.
Discussion on food trends. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Meherwan Irani (of the Chai Pani Restaurant Group) will appear virtually at the symposium in person, illuminating cutting-edge culinary news, cultural exchange and diversity in the world. hospitality industry, which will be at Point Grace, a rejuvenating multi-villa retreat influenced by West Indian architecture. Lisa Brown, Senior Brand Manager for LVE Wines, will also add verve to the panel presentation.
Food and wine pairings. Grace’s Cottage Bar & Restaurant in Point Grace will orchestrate wine pairings with a twist of small plate combo.
Champagne brunch and cocktails. On a nearby private island, an intimate feast will unfold at COMO Parrot Cay, a resort with a wide selection of rooms decorated in a contemporary beach house ambience on 1,000 acres and more than four miles of beachfront. event is hosted in partnership with award-winning chef James Beard and cookbook author Michael Schwartz (of Genuine Hospitality Group).
Women’s lunch in wine. Set on 850 feet of Long Bay Beach, The Shore Club, with its generously sized suites and villas, indulgent spa and focus on wellness, is the main stage to greet a Women In Wine gathering that features interesting tastings and beverage industry speakers.
Proceeds from the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival help support the Little Chefs program, which provides culinary training, education and development to aspiring young chefs in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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