Tobago Festivals galore: the Culinary Festival, dragon boating, horse racing & more!

June, July and August are perfect times to visit Tobago, because you’ll be stumped for choice when it comes to activities!

The highlight of June will be the anticipated Tobago Culinary Festival on 24 June from 10am at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park. Admission is free, with delicious Tobago cuisine being sold in the local and international food courts from 11am as part of this gastronomic expo!

Both Trinidad and Tobago are among the Caribbean’s most versatile culinary destinations. Nurtured by the THA, the event has morphed from several local cooks at Mt. Irvine beach some 15 years ago, to a headliner item on Trinidad and Tobago’s event calendar.

Thousands of patrons are expected to descend on Pigeon Point, and will enjoy not only an explosion of Tobago’s culinary flavours, but entertainment from hosts Errol Fabien and Nikki Crosby, two of T&T’s favourite comedians. Popular entertainers like Super Blue, Baron, Stalin and Explainer will also keep the vibes festive right through the day.

Meanwhile, local chefs will do battle in the kitchen stadium for the Mystery Basket and Iron Chef competitions, while bartenders attempt to wow the crowd with their colorful concoctions and mixing skills in the much-anticipated mixology contest. Secondary schools also return to the arena to test their skills and display their talents in the culinary arts. For hardcore foodies, a real treat will be the national culinary team and some of the island’s most talented chefs demonstrating the techniques and trade secrets that produce their trademark mouthwatering dishes.

This year, an added bonus will be the inclusion of a wine zone featuring both local and international wines.  Connoisseurs can sample some of their favorites while curious novices can indulge in tastings offered by popular wine distributors, including AMCO.


More events this month

Tobago Dragon Boat Festival

On 17 June (Fathers’ day), The Tobago Dragon Boat Festival takes off from the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Tobago at 10am.  Fourteen teams from Trinidad and 12 teams from Tobago will vie for the right to call themselves this year’s Dragon Boating champions. For those cheering on from the beach, there will also be lots of entertainment, including Chinese martial artists, dragon dancers and the Chinese steel orchestra.

Tobago Day at the Races

On Labour Day, 19 June (a public holiday), it’s Tobago Day at the Races at Santa Rosa Park, Trinidad. The horse races, all named after iconic places in Tobago, will be run in honour of Tobagonians who have contributed to the national horse racing industry. Additionally, in a pleasant twist, two feature goat races will be added to the lineup as a nod to the unique and very competitive goat racing fraternity in Tobago. Cultural presentations such as the Moriah Ole Time wedding will engage participants off the track while Tobagonian caterers and some of the island’s top restaurant chefs will display their culinary talents.

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