To get a true taste of the Caribbean, you’d have to spend thousands of dollars island hopping and months of time off from your 9-to-5. But what if you could enjoy the cuisine of some of the region’s most talented chefs without having to deal with customs? For four consecutive years, that’s exactly what Taste of Caribbean has aimed to do, and it’ll return to Miami this Friday through June 14 for your eating pleasure.
Taking place at the Hyatt Regency (400 SE Second Ave., Miami) and presented by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, the annual bacchanalia of Caribbean cooking brings together top toques and barkeeps for a bevy of culinary competitions. Friday from noon to 2 p.m. is the Caribbean National Teams culinary competition lunch, which will include a three-course meal paired with wines and prepared by teams from the Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, and the Virgin Islands. There will also be a dinner that evening from 7:30 to 9:30 with Anguilla, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Suriname, and the defending champion, Puerto Rico. Tickets to each costs $50, or you can get a combination package for $85.
If you want to skip the battle and go for some good old fun, the Taste of the Islands festival this Saturday will proffer a plethora of authentic Caribbean appetizers, desserts, cocktails, and music. The event goes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and tickets cost $40. If you want to go big and get all three, you can do so for $115. Visit caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.