Thursday, October 14, 2010

Taste of Belize This Weekend

    The Belize Tourism Board takes pleasure in inviting you to the 9th Annual Taste of Belize! on October 16th, 2010, at ITVET Campus on Freetown Rd. in Belize City.
    Chefs from all over the country will bring cuisines unique to their culinary culture to compete in several categories.
    “We have our main stay competition, the professional chef completion, the cake decorating completion, and the bar tending completion,” commented Laura Esquivel Frampton Director of Quality Assurance at the Belize Tourism Board to Love FM News in the city.
    “In addition to that, this year we sort of changed up how we traditionally done the buffet. Instead of people paying $35 to come and have a buffet, there will be a $10 entry fee and after which point they will be able to purchase sample plates from the various destinations that will now be competing against each another for the best of Belize competition.”
    The Best of Belize Competition is a new category where the samples purchased by those who attend will count for 25 percent of the points for the overall competition. Placencia is slated to have shrimp ceviche, conch soup and Dangriga will have cohune cabbage and hudut and darasa. Orange walk is taking puc chuck and tacos sariano, while Hopkins wil have boholobo and coconut rice and seafood casserole. Punta Gorda is set to have barracuda stuff cho cho and grated coco yams fritter, Cayo is having pibil dumplings and bollitos and escaveche and Belize district is having rice and beans and stew beans and white rice but they will also have the gibnut, the armadillo, and warrie peccary.
    Lara Frampton says that they continue to boast the fact that the taste of Belize is the only one of its kind of Belize because it provides a unique opportunity for more Belizeans to see the culinary arts as a viable means of employment.
    “Throughout the years, we have seen some foreign chef’s who live here competing but more and more now we have Belizeans chefs competing against each other,” continued Lara. “I would say that 90% of the competitors this year are all Belizeans born and bred and grew up in the industry kind of.”
    Those interested in attending this year’s Taste of Belize Culinary Competition are advised that there are limited spaces. Tickets are available at the BTB office for $10. For more information visit

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