There’s something for everyone in November’s delicious foodie event roundup in Trinidad & Tobago — the Cocoa Research Centre’s Fète de la Cocoa, the T&T Drinks Festival, Pan Parang & Pork, screenings of Food Inc. (courtesy of Sustain T&T’s Green Screen film festival), along with gourmet markets, cooking and gardening classes, afternoon tea services, and more.
Friday and Saturday, November 2nd & 3rd, 9am-6pm, Fète de la Cocoa at the JFK Auditorium at UWI (St. Augustine, Trinidad). Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cocoa Research Unit (now the Cocoa Research Centre) with a chocolate-inspired food festival and exhibition featuring the best of chocolate-based dishes, desserts and confectioneries; a chocolate culinary competition; tours of the cocoa genebank; children’s games and other fun activities. Link to Flyer; Link to Event on Facebook. Free Admission.
Saturdays, November 3rd to December 1st, 8am-2pm, COOKING WITH CONFIDENCE (short course) at Marabella Campus of TTHTI (Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute), Marabella, Trinidad. This short course is $2,050. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (868) 634-4250 for more information.
Saturday, November 3, 9am-4pm, BITS & PIECES at Movie Towne’s Banquet & Conference Centre (Port of Spain, Trinidad). Come out and find unique items for your home, or special gifts for those on your Christmas list. Choose from locally-made art, craft, jewelry and gourmet delights including French Macarons, Crate Foods, Gina’s Chocolate Truffles, Cocobel Chocolates, Ambrosia by Christine, J’aime Pastry, and Sumptuously Orgasmic Chutney. Link to Flyer and Link to Event on Facebook. Free Admission.
Saturday, November 3, 4pm-12am, T&T DRINKS FESTIVAL at Queen’s Park Oval. T&T Drinks Festival presents SOUK – A Celebration of Beer, Spirits & Wine, plus so much more. Advance tickets are $350, click here for ticket details. Visit www.ttdrinksfestival.com or http://www.facebook.com/TTDrinksFestival for more information. $
Saturday, November 3, 9am-12pm, DELICIOUS VEGETARIAN: Cooking Lessons with Wendy Rahamut at Rahamut’s School of Cooking (San Fernando, Trinidad). Cooking classes are demonstration classes, conducted by Wendy. Students can sample the food prepared and recipe handouts are provided. Cost is $400; call (868) 653-1478 or 357-0927 to book; email@example.com. $
Sunday, November 4, 5:30pm-12am, PAN, PARANG & PORK at the Queen’s Park Oval Car Park (Trinidad). This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Invaders Steel Orchestra’s Pan, Parang & Pork event. Tickets are $300 (food-inclusive). Link to more information on Pan, Parang & Pork.
Monday-Friday, November 5th to November 9th, 9am-3pm, MAGGI KIDILICIOUS COOKBOOKS Sale at McCann Erickson (Ellerslie Plaza, St. Clair, Trinidad). Maggi’s new kids’ cookbook — Food Kids Love — can be purchased at McCann Erickson during this week (link to information on additional purchase locations). Cost is $50. Link to Facebook page on Maggi’s cookbook, Food Kids Love.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 6th – December 4th, 5pm-6:30pm, Cooking Class Series with Just In Time Catering (Maraval, Trinidad). This course covers baking, soups, salads, appetizers, and Japanese cuisine. Cost is $1,200, contact (868) 221-8391 to book. $
Thursday, November 8, 6:30pm, BROWN SUGAR DINNER CLUB at Emiliana Osteria Italiana (Port of Spain, Trinidad). Join the Brown Sugar Dinner Club for a evening of fabulous food and company at Emiliana Osteria Italiana. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get listed and receive an invitation. $
Saturday, November 10, 9:30am-3pm, UPMARKET!!! at the Woodbrook Youth Facility (Woodbrook, Trinidad). Gourmet goodies, soaps, crafts, jewelry, etc. at the monthly UpMarket in the West. Free Admission.
Saturday, November 10, THTI STUDENT DINNER (French Cuisine) at the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute. Cost is $150 per person. Reservations start at 7pm, call (868) 660-2196 or email email@example.com to book.
Sunday, November 11, 8:30am, GARDENING COURSE: Intro. to Tropical Organic Gardening, Companion Planting & Rootcrops at Permaculture Trinidad – Wa Samaki Ecosystems (Freeport, Trinidad). This one-day workshop will introduce participants to the planning and organizing of an organic garden. The morning session will focus on companion planting and crop rotations to reduce pests in the crops environments. The afternoon session focuses on easy to grow organic root crops such as tania, dasheen, eddoes, sweet potato, cassava, yams and cush cush. Cost is $400 and lunch is included. Link to event listing on Facebook. $
Wednesday, November 14, 4pm-6:30pm, AFTERNOON TEA at The Verandah Restaurant (St. Clair, Trinidad). Get “four Savory and four Sweet Tea Treats and a pot of tea,” all in a “very intimate and leisurely” setting. Call (868) 622-6287 to reserve. Cost is $128/person + taxes. $
Thursday, November 15, 6pm-9pm, LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EST ARRIVE! Celebrate the arrival of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau at the Alliance Francaise’s Wine, Cheese & Music Evening (Residence De France, #7 Mary Street, St. Clair, Trinidad). Link to event page. $
Thursday, November 15, 7pm, BALANCING ART & FOOD Dinner at Veni Mange (Woodbrook, Trinidad). “Chef Stashu Golas from Costa Rica is offering an amazing array of dishes, influenced by his Asian and Caribbean culinary experiences. Lonely Planet has identified “Stashu’s Con Fusion” as one of the five best eats in Costa Rica. Dinner includes a mouth watering appetizer, a choice of a chicken, fish or pork entreé infused with the chef’s specially prepared spices, a delightfully decadent dessert and a “con Fusion” cocktail.” Cost $300, call (868) 668-0757 or (868) 479-1865 for more details or call Veni Mange at (868) 624-4597 to reserve. Link to flyer. $
Saturday, November 17, 9am-12pm, CHRISTMAS COOKING: Cooking Lessons with Wendy Rahamut at Rahamut’s School of Cooking (San Fernando, Trinidad). Cooking classes are demonstration classes, conducted by Wendy. Students can sample the food prepared and recipe handouts are provided. Cost is $400; call (868) 653-1478 or 357-0927 to book; firstname.lastname@example.org. $
Saturday, November 17, 6:30pm, Screening of FOOD INC. (Sustain T&T’s Green Screen) at Blanchisseuse Community Centre (Blanchisseuse, Trinidad). “An unflattering look inside America’s corporate-controlled food industry.” Link to more information on the film.
Thursday and Friday, November 22nd & 23rd, 9am-1pm, LEARN TO BAKE WORKSHOP with Wendy Rahamut at Rahamut’s School of Cooking (San Fernando, Trinidad). Interactive two-day workshop, conducted by Wendy. Cost is $1,500; call (868) 653-1478 or 357-0927 to book; email@example.com. $
Thursday, November 22, 5:30pm, Screening of FOOD INC. (Sustain T&T’s Green Screen) at UWI’s Institute of Critical Thinking (St. Augustine, Trinidad). “An unflattering look inside America’s corporate-controlled food industry.” Link to more information on the film.
Thursday, November 22, 6pm-10:30pm, Traditional THANKSGIVING DINNER at Olympia Restaurant, Capital Plaza Hotel (formerly the Crowne Plaza). Dinner includes the Thanksgiving “turkey and all the trimmings.” For reservations call (868) 625-3361/8. Cost is $169 plus taxes. $
Saturday, November 24, 9am-3pm, DINING ETIQUETTE COURSE at Chaguaramas Campus of TTHTI (Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute), Chaguaramas, Trinidad). This short course is $750. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (868) 634-4250 for more information.
Saturday, November 24, SAN ANTONIO GREEN MARKET opens in Santa Cruz (Trinidad)! The market is located on Saddle Road, near Cutucupano Road in Upper Santa Cruz and will have fresh “produce (including unusual indigenous fruits, vegetables, herbs and seasonings), specialty foods (pastelle, payme, cocoa powder, goat’s milk) and artisanal items (wooden bowls and platters, handmade soaps etc).” San Antonio Green Market Website and Facebook Page.
Sunday, November 25, 10am-4pm, UPMARKET SOUTH at Oasis (101 Circular Road in Mon Repos, San Fernando). Gourmet goodies, soaps, crafts, jewelry, etc. at the monthly UpMarket in South Trinidad. Free Admission.
Sunday, November 25, 11am-2pm, Buffet Brunch Sunday at TTHTI’s Hilltop Restaurant (Chaguaramas, Trinidad). Enjoy a five-course meal and a complimentary glass of fruit punch. Cost is $175 per person. Link to Flyer. $
Sunday, November 25, 3pm-5pm, SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEA at Ortinola Great House (Maracas Valley, Trinidad). Sunday tea service and treats both savoury and sweet. Cost is $130/person (inclusive of taxes) and includes a choice of savoury and sweet items, as well as a selection of beverages (teas, coffee & juice). Reservations are required – email email@example.com or call at (868) 696-1507 . $
SUGAR ARTISTRY CLASSES with FaRa’s Cake Shoppe (Oropune, Piarco, Trinidad) – Cost is $750, contact (868) 294-1900 or (868) 465-0515 (do not leave message) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Link to more information on classes. $
- Four-Day Christmas Workshop starts Saturday, November 3rd, 9am-1pm; or Sunday, November 4th, 2pm-5pm; or Wednesday November 7th, 5pm-8pm.
- Three-Day Rose Workshop starts Saturday, November 3rd, 2pm-5pm.
FREE COOKING & FOOD-RELATED CLASSES IN TRINIDAD:
Ministry of Food Production (Agriculture Now) Farmers Training Centre’s FREE TRAINING COURSES: November courses include Winemaking; Pepper Sauce Making; Marketing of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables on Local & Foreign Markets; Principles of Agri-Business Management; Patchoi & Lettuce Production; Cocoa Production w/field trip, Pineapple Production, Dasheen & Dasheen Leaf Production, and more! Link to November class schedule, classes are offered in five venues — Centeno, Penal, Point Fortin, Rio Claro, and Princes Town. FREE!
Nestle’s High Five for Life FREE COOKING CLASSES: High Five for Life is offering five cooking classes (October – December): Low Fat Cooking; Diabetic Recipes; Vegetarian Wonders; Christmas Baking; and Healthy Christmas Meals. Unfortunately, the classes are full, however you can add your name to the waiting list by emailing Samantha.Bullock@cbr.nestle.com. See the schedule on High Five for Life’s Facebook page. FREE!