Crazy for local chocolate products, curry crab and dumplings, doubles or international food? Check out our list of Trinidad and Tobago’s top annual culinary events. The festivals and events listed below are held annually (current/past dates are included when possible and $ = Admission Fee).
Two ongoing events are worth noting – Trinidad’s monthly UPMARKET event at the Woodbrook Youth Facility or Trinidad Country Club, which brings together local food artisans and other vendors, and SANTA CRUZ GREEN MARKET, a weekly market featuring fresh local produce (organic options too), fresh flowers and plants, prepared foods, seasonal events, food lectures and much more.
Culinary Fete (TRINIDAD) at TTHTI – Billed as TTHTI’s annual Carnival fete, this event brings local food delights and live music from leading performers under one roof. Guests can sample Creole and Indian dishes, local sweets, cutters, condiments, and popular food & beverages. (Sponsor/Organizer – Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI)) $
INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL (TRINIDAD) at the Hilton Trinidad – Buffet dinner and live entertainment. Reserve at (868) 624-3211. $
T&T MANGO FESTIVAL (TRINIDAD) The festival features a mango market, a wide range of mango products, grafting demonstrations, children’s activities, games, competitions and other entertainment. Link to details on 2016 MANGO FESTIVAL (Sponsor/Organizer – Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad & Tobago) $
NATIONAL FRUIT FESTIVAL (TRINIDAD) at Nu Image Simplex (North Road, New Grant) – The festival will feature an array of local fruits, a Best Chow competition, an aerobic competition, and more. Free Admission.
DINING WITH THE SAINTS (TRINIDAD) – Hosted by the St. Mary’s College Past Students’ Union and held at the College’s “Big Yard,” this fundraiser (featuring gourmet food and a complimentary bar) is a well-known intercollegiate culinary competition attracting the participation of local politicians and business leaders. Past student organisations of top secondary schools in North Trinidad participate in the competition. (Sponsor/Organizer – St. Mary’s College Past Students’ Union) $
TOBAGO CULINARY FESTIVAL (TOBAGO) – Held at Pigeon Point Heritage Park, this is Tobago’s premier culinary event (and it’s at the beach!). “Festival patrons will be treated to cooking competitions, demonstration kitchens, bar and mixology competition, and of course the outstanding cuisine of restaurants and caterers from Tobago.” Contact (868) 639-2125 for more details. (Sponsor/Organizer – THA Division of Tourism & Transportation) Free Admission
QRC “Chefs Royal” (TRINIDAD) – QRC’s Chefs Royal is a popular fundraising event organized by Queen’s Royal College alumni. A variety of local food is available and the QRC Old Boys’ Association invites all ‘chefs’ to demonstrate their culinary skills by presenting a dish at the event. Live entertainment and prize giveaways are also featured. (Sponsor/Organizer – Queen’s Royal College Old Boys’ Association) $
Indian Food Festival (TRINIDAD) at the Hilton Trinidad
The Indian Food Festival treats guests to a celebration of authentic Indian cuisine, entertainment and culture at the Hilton Trinidad. (Sponsors/Organizers – Hilton Trinidad in collaboration with The High Commission for the Republic of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations) $
Angostura Rum Festival (TRINIDAD)
This three-day annual rum festival offers Angostura factory tours, cocktail competitions, live cooking demonstrations, and of course giveaways and prizes. (Sponsor/Organizer – House of Angostura) $
2017 TRINIDAD RESTAURANT WEEK – DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Restaurants participate Restaurant Week offering discounted lunch and dinner prix fixe menus. List of 2016 participating restaurants and menus (link).
International Chocolate Day at the Santa Cruz Green Market (TRINIDAD)
Green Market Santa Cruz and Destination Chocolate Trinidad and Tobago are celebrating with a COCOA VILLAGE & ACTIVITIES. Free Admission
WORLD COCOA-CHOCOLATE DAY (TRINIDAD)
UWI’s Cocoa Research Centre hosts its annual celebration for World Cocoa & Chocolate Day “featuring the best of the chocolate-based cuisines and confectioneries; and a competition fostering innovations in incorporating cocoa/chocolate into food: Innovations in Chocolate Cuisine: A Food and Beverage Challenge. The 2016 festival is September 30th and October 1st at UWI’s JFK Auditorium. Link to more details (2016 Facebook event page) and our past event pictures.
Mexican Food Festival (TRINIDAD) @ Hilton Trinidad
The Mexican Food Festival treats guests to a celebration of authentic Mexican cuisine (buffet), entertainment and culture at the Hilton Trinidad. $430 inclusive of VAT & service charge. Link to Flyer. $
Argentine Food Festival & Tango (TRINIDAD) @ Hyatt Trinidad
Enjoy the passions of Argentine at the Argentine Food Festival & Tango. Dinner ($375) and Brunch ($300)! Reservations (868) 821-6550. $
FATIMA FOOD FEST
Fatima’s Old Boy Association hosts an annual food festival with an interactive judging by patrons to determine best Fatima Alumni Cook and Best Invitational School Team; Flair Bartending – enjoy your favorite Cocktail made with exciting showmanship; and a Celebrity Chef Challenge. The 2015 Food Festival will be from 7pm to 11pm (dinner served from 7:30pm to 9pm) and tickets are priced at $350 drinks inclusive. Link to more details (2015 Facebook event page).
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL (TRINIDAD)
Hosted by the Consular Corps of Trinidad and Tobago and under the Distinguished Patronage of the Honourable Prime Minister, this delectable event will feature dishes, drinks and culture from the 35 countries and members of the Consular Corps. The Consular Corps of Trinidad & Tobago hosts this annual event to raise funds to assist local charities. For more information or to purchase tickets please call 627-0209. Link to more details (2015 Facebook event page).
BLUE FOOD FESTIVAL (TOBAGO)
Celebrate Tobago’s unique blue food cuisine at the Blue Food Festival in Bloody Bay! Guests are treated to cooking demonstrations and competitions, samples of local chefs’ creations, and entertainment by popular local performers! (Sponsor/Organizer – THA Division of Tourism & Transportation) Free Admission
World Food Day (TOBAGO) – Tobago’s annual World Food Day exhibition is a sight to behold with villages island-wide displaying prized produce alongside dishes made from local staple foods like dasheen and cassava. Live stock, poultry and fish products are also on display. Prepared food, fruits, vegetables and plants are available for purchase and live entertainers perform on both evenings of the two-day exhibition.
Oktoberfest at the Hilton Trinidad (TRINIDAD). Enjoy an authentic Bavarian buffet, live entertainment nightly and more.
CARIB BREWERY’S OKTOBERFEST (TRINIDAD) at Adam Smith Square on Ariapita Avenue. ”Oktoberfest Village • Draft Beer • German Foods • Live Music!” FREE ADMISSION.
Brasso Seco Cook-Out Fest (TRINIDAD)
This annual event represents hyperlocal culinary tourism at its best because it exposes unique local indigenous culinary traditions. Festival guests can enjoy Brasso Seco’s food, sights and sounds via the village cook-out, a hike on the Paria Trail and live parang music performed by local residents. Don’t miss the smoked meats! (Sponsor: Brasso Seco Paria Tourism Action Committee). Link to the committee’s website. FREE ADMISSION
NOTE: All events and their dates and/or locations are subject to be changed and/or be cancelled.
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