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World-Renowned Caribbean Resorts Expand the Festival to Weekend-Long Celebration 
Headlined by Celebrity and Local Chefs

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (July 23, 2012) – The Turks & Caicos Tourism Board in partnership with The Wine Cellar and Grace Bay Resorts, is excited to unveil the official schedule for the 2nd Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival. Taking place November 1-3, 2012, the festival has expanded into a three-day celebration of Caribbean cuisine and culture.  The popular Gourmet Safari, now in its sixth year, will continue to be the marquee event, with an exclusive dine-around to the island’s most coveted restaurants.

The 2nd Annual event has also attracted the attention of culinary heavy-hitters, such as Chef John DeLucie, who hails from The Lion and Crown in New York City.  John DeLucie is the first New York-based Chef to participate in the festival, and he will be participating in a cooking demonstration and a book signing, in addition to working alongside Chef Beau MacMillan, who is returning for his second year.  Heidi Barrett, one of the most respected winemakers based in Napa Valley, has also signed on for the 2nd annual festival, and brings a lifetime of working in the wine industry to the Turks & Caicos culinary program.

Dubbed as ‘The first lady of wine’, Heidi has graced the covers of both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator and served as President of Napa Valley Wine Tech.  In 1994, she started making her own wine, La Sirena, and in 2002, she partnered with longtime friend John Schwartz to create Amuse Bouche, a Pomerol-inspired Merlot from Napa Valley.

“Based on the overwhelming response to the First Annual event, we are absolutely thrilled to incorporate additional events and offers in 2012 that will ‘wow’ and delight our guests,” says Nikheel Advani, Co-Chair, Caribbean Food & Wine Festival.  “Bringing together Chefs like John DeLucie and our very own Chef Wolfgang von Wieser and seeing them work hand-in-hand with some of the world’s best winemakers is a true honor, and we look forward to the festival’s continued success.”

“The Caribbean Food & Wine Festival offers us a rare opportunity to highlight the phenomenal talent we have in Turks & Caicos which reinforces the sense of community and hospitality when people come together to dine,” says Anthony Garland, Co-Chair, Caribbean Food & Wine Festival.  “While we of course will strive to offer a unique experience each year, we feel that we are already on the path of making Turks & Caicos a culinary destination in the Caribbean.”

The festivities will kick off with a Welcome Dinner and five-course meal prepared by Chefs John DeLucie, Chef and Owner of The Lion and Crown in New York City, and Executive Chef Fritz Zwahlen of Aman Resort Thursday, November 1. 

The sixth annual Gourmet Safari will take place on Friday, November 2 and will lead guests on a culinary adventure around Providenciales.  The evening will commence with welcome drinks hosted by Grace Bay Club.  Guests then proceed to the appetizer course hosted by Coyaba.  From there, guests will enjoy two main courses hosted by Seven Stars and the Regent Palms.  The Gourmet Safari ends with dessert at The Gansevoort.

On Saturday, November 3 guests are invited to attend a Food & Wine Tasting at The Veranda Resort & Residences, boasting carefully curated gourmet chocolates, cheeses, seafoods, meats and local favorites.  Following the Food & Wine Tasting, the first ever Island Street Food Fest will take place, which will showcase expert grilling and barbeque techniques from over 15 chefs from the island. The Island Street Food Fest will also include a competition between a local and guest chef.

Returning wine makers include Tuck Beckstoffer of Napa Valley, as well as the owners of Duck Pond and Desert Winds wines – operated by the Fries and Jenkins families.  This year, the festival also welcomes new wineries such as Terlato Wines International, which represents over 60 of the world’s finest wines.

“Exceptional food and wine, great company and conversation all under the stars in beautiful Turks & Caicos – what an awesome experience for visitors, residents and fans of the culinary arts!” says Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism for Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board. “The Turks & Caicos Tourism Board is pleased to support the 2nd Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, and though still in its infancy, the event has already become a highlight on the social calendars for food and wine lovers around the world. We welcome everyone to our beautiful shores to take part in this unforgettable event.”

The First Annual Caribbean Food &Wine Festival was hosted on November 4-5, 2011, with the sold out event bringing together the best and brightest in the hospitality and culinary industries.  Already acclaimed as the island’s leading culinary event and formerly known as the ‘Gourmet Safari,’ the milestone event will be hosted annually to celebrate Caribbean cuisine and culture.

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About Turks and Caicos 
The 40 islands of the Turks and Caicos, of which eight are inhabited, are renowned for their award-winning beaches, diving and array of world-class resorts. Additional activities include tennis, golf and horseback riding. The Islands feature a variety of spa and body treatment services and is home to the world’s only conch farm. There are three daily 90-minute direct flights from Miami, a US Airways direct flight from Charlotte, twice weekly flights from New York and weekly flights from Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Toronto. For more information on travel, visit the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board’s website or call (800) 241-0824.


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