Tobago's Blue Food Festival is back
The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, in collaboration with the village councils of Bloody Bay, L’Anse Fourmi and Parlatuvier, will host the Tobago Blue Food Festival at the Bloody Bay Recreational Grounds on Sunday, October 15 from 10 am to 7 pm.
The Blue Food Festival provides a unique twist on traditional culinary festivals. It focuses on the ground provision dasheen and the many innovative culinary delights that can be derived from the versatile root.
In a release, the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation said the annual festival consistently presents an opportunity to promote Destination Tobago, stimulate economic activity within the tourism business unit and showcase to the world the island’s mouthwatering signature delicacies. It also facilitates continuity in Tobago’s culinary heritage by ensuring that the knowledge embedded within the communities is imparted to future generations.
"The Tobago Blue Food Festival also presents an opportunity for Destination Tobago to capitalize on the growing global trend of experiential travel- a form of tourism in which travelers seek out engaging experiences in a destination to connect to its history, people and culture," the Division said.
Now in its 19th year, the Festival has developed a loyal following of locals and visitors alike and has become one of the most anticipated culinary events on Tobago’s calendar of events. Attendance at the festival has experienced noteworthy growth from little over 100 patrons at the first event in 1998 to over 9,000 in 2016.
In addition to the culinary treats, live entertainment, and a “Kidz Zone”, this year the festival will feature several additional activities to further showcase the by-products of dasheen and add to the overall visitor experience. These include a “Blue Food Shop”; Dasheen Information Booth; Demonstration Platform; and Dasheen Farm Tour.
The festival will also incorporate a Farmer’s Market, affording the communities’ farmers the opportunity to showcase and sell their produce, while giving patrons the chance to buy ingredients to create their own blue food dishes.