July is shaping up to be a tasty month in T&T with events like a dinner club promising Creole favourites paired with great conversation and a culinary trip to Italy via Chef Vittorio’s four-course Italian feast in St. Anns.
As always, you can get gourmet groceries and prepared foods at the monthly UpMarket in Woodbrook and this month at two places in South — UpMarket South at Oasis and the Gourmet Market by XE at the Preysal Community Center. Be sure to make time for the fantastic Mango Festival and the Pot Spoon Throwdowns in Lopinot and Mayaro.
Tuesday, July 3, FULL MOON ITALIAN SAMPLING DINNER, by Chef Vittorio from Garibaldi’s (St. Anns, Trinidad). Take a “culinary voyage around Italy, from the rolling Hills of Tuscany, through urban Milan down to the spicy flavours of Sicily. Cost is $985 for a four-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine with each course (inclusive of taxes). Live Music. Sunset Cocktails & Antipasti starts at 5:45pm.” Tickets must be pre-purchased, message on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (868) 621-1993. Link to Flyer on Facebook. $
Saturday, July 7, 9:30am – 3pm, UPMARKET! Woodbrook Youth Facility (Woodbrook, Trinidad). Walk with your grocery bags and cash for Trinidad’s premier gourmet market featuring local food artisans, caterers, chefs, farmers alongside artists and other artisans selling jewelry, soaps and lotions, art and more. FREE ENTRY.
Sunday, July 8, 9am – 6pm, MANGO FESTIVAL, UWI Field Station (Mt. Hope, Trinidad). There’ll be mangoes everywhere at this celebration of the diversity and utility of the beloved mango. Get ready for tasty treats like mango ice cream, sweet mango chutney and mango wine, and don’t miss the mango sucking competition (held ‘after lunch’), mango chow contest, horseback riding, and other entertainment. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children five years and over. Link to 2012 event page and event flyer. $
Sunday, July 8, 11am – 6pm, LOPINOT POT SPOON THROW DOWN (Lopinot, Trinidad). It’s the TDC’s Pot Spoon competition, this time in the village of Lopinot where visitors can enjoy local Spanish dishes made by passionate village chefs, a cooking competition, live entertainment, a children’s play park and mini farmers/crafts market. Link to competition press release. FREE ADMISSION.
Sunday, July 8, 3pm – 5:30pm, SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEA at Ortinola Great House (Maracas Valley, Trinidad). Take your Sunday tea service alongside savoury and sweet treats in Trinidad’s most scenic location. Cost is $125/person and includes a choice of three savoury and two sweet items, as well as a choice of beverages (teas, coffee & juice). Reservations are required – email email@example.com or call at (868) 696-1507 . $
July 11th, 12th and 13th, LEARN TO COOK with Wendy Rahamut (San Fernando, Trinidad). “Interactive cooking, 3-day interactive cooking lessons, over 20 recipes covered, you do the cooking!” Cost is $400; call (868) 653-1478 to book. $
Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm, BROWN SUGAR DINNER CLUB at Chaud Creole (St. Anns, Trinidad). Join the Brown Sugar Dinner Club for a evening of fabulous food and company at Chaud Creole. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get listed and receive an invitation. Link to July 2012 event page. $
Saturday, July 14, 6pm – 10pm, TAKE ME TO PARIS sponsored by Brydens Trinidad Wine Club & The Naughty Grape, held in The Naughty Grape Car Park (Port of Spain, Trinidad). Don’t miss this all-inclusive event featuring French wines, cocktails, liqueurs, appetizers and more. Tickets are $250 (this is the price for Facebook Fans). Contact (868) 625-0222 or email@example.com for more information. Link to event page. $
Sunday, July 15, 11am – 6pm, MAYARO POT SPOON THROW DOWN (Mayaro, Trinidad). July’s other TDC-sponsored village cook-off lands in the fishing village of Mayaro “where seafood and coconut based dishes will be on the menu” for visitors to enjoy, along with a coking competition, children’s play park, live entertainment, and a small farmers and crafts market. Link to competition press release. FREE ADMISSION.
July 17th – August 2nd, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5pm-8pm, BREADS & MUFFINS COURSE at TTHTI (Chaguaramas, Trinidad). Cost is $1,550. $
Wednesday, July 18, 2pm-5pm, CHEF-TO-CHEF CHOCOLATE TRAINING SESSION at the Trinidad Hilton (Port of Spain, Trinidad). Delft Cocoa Plantations presents Chef Bart Van Cauwenberghe from Belgium in a demonstration, tasting and discourse on the use of chocolate in trendy recipes. Local chocolate products will be sampled. Cost is $1,500/person. Contact Lesley @ Delft Cocoa Plantations – firstname.lastname@example.org, (868) 657-3803 or (868) 778-5558. Link to event flyer. $
Saturday, July 21, 10am – 4pm, UPMARKET SOUTH at Oasis (Mon Repos, San Fernando, Trinidad). UpMarket – Trinidad’s favourite foodie and artisan market – is on the road and is going South! Check the UpMarket Facebook page for directions and link to event page. FREE ENTRY.
Saturday, July 21, 6pm-9pm, WHISKY TASTING EVENING @ Smaks Tea Garden & Wine Bar (Valpark Shopping Plaza, Valsayn, Trinidad). Smaks is hosting this all-inclusive event in association with Blue Waters and the Pernod Ricard Liquor Company. Five whiskeys will be tasted and various hors d’oeuvres will be available. Cost is $300/person (inclusive of service charge). RSVP via email or phone (868) 777-1368. Link to event page. $
Sunday, July 22, 3pm – 5pm, SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEA at Ortinola Great House (Maracas Valley, Trinidad). Sunday tea service and treats both savoury and sweet. Cost is $125/person and includes a choice of three savoury and two sweet items, as well as a choice of beverages (teas, coffee & juice). Reservations are required – email email@example.com or call at (868) 696-1507 . $
Wednesday, July 25, 6pm – 9pm, COOKING CLASS at Fanatic Kitchen Studio (Port of Spain, Trinidad). “This three-part session will start with Creative Local Cocktail Appetizers for your home parties, then it’s Chinese Cooking on Thursday, August 2nd and Italian Cooking on Wednesday, August 8th.” Call (868) 681-1423 for bookings. $
July 25th, 26th and 27th, LEARN TO COOK with Wendy Rahamut (San Fernando, Trinidad). “Interactive cooking, 3-day interactive cooking lessons, over 20 recipes covered, you do the cooking!” Cost is $400; call (868) 653-1478 to book. $
Saturday, July 28, 9:30am, GOURMET MARKET BY XE, Preysal Community Center (Preysal, Couva). “Gourmet and a family themed fair. Face painting and bouncy castle for the kids. Grill/BBQ for lunch plus much more!” Link to event page. FREE ENTRY.
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