Grace Bay Hosts Annual Turks and Caicos’ Caribbean Food & Wine Festival

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Grace Bay Resorts, in partnership with the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board and The Wine Cellar, has released the roster of world-renowned chefs, winemakers, and restaurateurs for the Sixth Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival. 

Taking place on the island of Providenciales November 3-6, the four-day-long festival has quickly become the premier culinary event in the Caribbean. 
 
This year’s headliners include: 

  • Shawn McClain – Culinary expert, James Beard Award-winning chef, and executive chef/partner of Sage in Las Vegas and Green Zebra in Chicago.

  • Elizabeth Blau – Renowned restaurateur, James Beard Award nominee, founder and CEO of Blau + Associates, and judge on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup”.

  • Kim Canteenwalla – Co-owner and culinary visionary behind the award-winning Honey Salt in Las Vegas.

  • Robin Daniel Lail – Founder and winemaker at Lail Vineyards, legendary vintner and co-founder of Dominus Winery, Maryville vineyards, and Auction Napa Valley.

  • Ken Fredrickson – Master sommelier, founder of TENZING wine and spirits, importer and partner at Brewer Clifton Winery.

  • Eric Wente – Fourth generation winegrower and chairman of the board at Wente Vineyards.

  • Joy Spence – Master Blender at Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum and known for being the world’s first female master blender.

The non-for-profit festival will raise funds for The Department of Youth Affairs, Lit’l Chefs mentor program, which supports and encourages young local chefs to develop skills that will assist them in pursuing careers in hospitality.   
                                                            
Schedule of Events:

Thursday, November 3
Welcome Dinner – Amanyara

  • The kick-off dinner for the weekend of events with creations prepared by Chef Shawn McClain. 

Friday, November 4
Women of Wine Luncheon – Fire & Ice at Blue Haven Resort

  • This event caters to the adage “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” by offering an extended lunch break in a relaxed environment for women who love wine with headliner Elizabeth Blau.  

Gourmet Safari - Progressive gourmet dining experience

  • This interactive “dine-around” gives festival guests an opportunity to discover the island’s restaurants. The Gourmet Safari was the original event that served as a catalyst for the festival and continues to be a guest favorite today. Participating restaurants include:  

    • Gansevoort – Innovative cocktails

    • Coyaba – First course 

    • Seven Stars – Fish course

    • The Regent Palms – Meat course

    • Grace Bay Club - Dessert

Saturday, November 5

Food & Wine Pairing – The Palms

  • Intimate food and wine pairing seminars highlighting meat, seafood, cheese, and dessert with tasting rooms showcasing guest chefs and winemakers with support from the aspiring local talent of the Lit’l Chefs mentor program.

Island Street Food Fair – Salt at Blue Haven

  • A fun, family-friendly event featuring local entertainment that showcases island restaurants’ expert grilling & barbeque techniques for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike.

Dinner under with the Stars – Grace Bay Club

  • Headlining Chef Kim Canteenwalla pairs his signature recipes with the winemakers’ rare vintages for a lavish dinner experience, allowing guests to dine under the beautiful Grace Bay stars alongside the festival’s featured stars.

Sunday, November 6
Sunday Brunch – The Shore Club

  • A casual brunch event catering to guests craving a taste for more of the weekend’s festivities.