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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Nevis Mango and Food Festival July 2019

Nevis Mango and Food Festival
July 4th - 7th, 2019

Enjoy a fun packed weekend dedicated to the mango with 13 events, 
over 40 mango varieties, and all the innovative recipes which 
according to festival rules must include Nevis mangos. 

The (4) day festival features cooking competitions, good music, master cooking classes, mango tasting, and the local restaurants on Nevis will participate in the tasting with samples of mango incorporated dishes. 

Stop by the festival store to purchase festival souvenirs, cookbooks, and specialty food items. Tip: Pick up the mango pepper sauce!


Mango season is a joyful time not only throughout the Caribbean, this sweet juicy fruit is popular throughout the world. And best of all this sweet fruit treat contains vitamin A and C which are good for health and eyes. 

LOCAL FESTIVAL CHEFS & CELEBRITY CHEFS

  • Local Nevis Chef Llewellyn Clarke has been featured on many international television networks and publications, and there are 9 other local chefs who will be featured.
  • Celebrity Chef Judy Joo who is one of four UK Iron Chefs, an international restaurateur, and hosts "Korean Food Made Simple" on Food Network UK. Her London restaurant Jinjuu offers both traditional and contemporary fare inspired by her Korean-American heritage, and she also operates a Jinjuu restaurant in Hong Kong. Chef Judy also founded “Harvest Time in Harlem,” Slow Food USA’s first inner city school project.
  •  Other Celebrity Chefs include New York based award winning Celebrity Chef Seamus Mullen, and top Caribbean Chef Michael Harrison from the island of Barbados.

More info will be released by the festival committee as the event time approaches - Here's a brief rundown for the last day of the festival, Sunday July 7th

Nevisian Chefs Mango Feast
Mango, Food and Fun on the beach in the Festival Grounds at Oualie Beach. 
The Local Nevisian chefs take the spotlight - Each of the selected Nevisian chefs will provide samples of their favorite mango dish, in fact this tasting runs for the entire event.

Master Classes 
Iron Chef Judy Joo – This is a mango cook-along class with a true mistress of the culinary world. Here's the opportunity to take a master class with an Iron Chef, and it's bound to sell out quickly.  

Chef Llewellyn - Local Nevisian chef and seasoned veteran of the Nevis Mango & Food Festival. In 2013 he and his mango pepper sauce were the stars of a hit international FedEx commercial. The experience of this mango master class will be special and is worthy of your swift action to book now.

Mango Tasting Sessions
Nevis has more varieties of mangos than most people knew existed. They all taste different, have individual properties, and stories. In these sessions participants are guided as they taste each selected mango variety. Come out of this experience with more knowledge and a better appreciation for the mango. It is not a wine tasting, it is better

Cooking Competition
This year (3) restaurants will compete in the finals and the competition will be intense. The atmosphere and crowd engagement is reminiscent of a sporting event. This is definitely a crowd pleaser. All three visiting celebrity chefs will judge the competition.

Season passes are available along with tickets and reservations to individual events and special dinners. Live music and tastings are all part of the weekend.

Get more details at the festival site, and sign up for updates.
https://nevismangofest.com/

Mango Fun Facts - Learn more 
https://www.mango.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Mango_Fun_Facts_Eng.pdf


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, March 28, 2019

6th Annual Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Tournament

Barbados Jazz & Golf Excursion at the Hilton Barbados Resort
October 10-14, 2019

Enjoy a weekend of island excursions, concerts, charity golfing and fun in beautiful Barbados. Once again Barbadian born recording artist Elan Trotman (Jazz Sax-Man) will be the host for some of the best contemporary jazz and R&B artists. 

The Annual Jazz Excursion Charity Golf Outing benefits two local community based organizations.  The Never Lose Your Drive Foundation Inc, a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, provides funds to operate and sustain the Headstart Music Program in Barbados. Headstart Music is a weekly program that provides FREE instrumental group lessons to students ages 7-11 on saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet and percussion.

Lineup & Schedule:
Featuring Elan Trotman, Jeffrey Osborne, Avery Sunshine, Mike Phillips, Chris Spencer, Gail Johnson, Marcus Johnson and Jazmin Ghent.
Images courtesy of Barbados Jazz Excursion

Thursday, Oct 10
8:00PM – “A TASTE OF BARBADOS
Featuring the Island’s best Artists, Bands, Food and Culture
10:00PM – VIP MEET & GREET (Grey Wristbands ONLY)
11:00PM – LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT (Music of Motown)

Friday, Oct 11
9:00AM – GOLF PRACTICE ROUND (Sandy Lane Country Club)
8:00PM – “LADIES NIGHT
Featuring Avery Sunshine with special guests Gail Johnson & Jazmin Ghent
10:30PM – VIP MEET & GREET (Grey Wristbands ONLY)
11:00PM – LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT (Music of the Caribbean)

Saturday, Oct 12
8:00AM – GOLF TOURNAMENT (Apes Hill Golf Club)
5:00PM – “SAX ON THE BEACH
Featuring Mike Phillips & Elan Trotman
7:30PM – VIP MEET & GREET (Grey Wristbands ONLY)
11:00PM – LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT (Jazz Night)

Sunday, Oct 13
11:00AM – SUNDAY BRUNCH & COMEDY SHOW
Featuring Comedian Chris Spencer
8:00PM – “MEN OF SOUL
Featuring Jeffrey Osborne & Marcus Johnson
10:30PM – VIP MEET & GREET (Grey Wristbands ONLY)
11:00PM – LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – (R&B/Top40 Music)

Approximately 30% of VIP seating are already SOLD OUT!
In addition to the PREMIUM PACKAGES - which include everything you will need for the event, for a limited time guests are being offered an "A LA CARTE" experience where you can build your own package.

The Jazz Excursion 2019 Booking Portal is with Blu Isles Destination Management Company, and guests also have the option of using one of their agents to book.

http://barbadosjazzexcursion.com/packages/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bahamas All Inclusive Winter Sale and Wellness Week

Is It Better in the Bahamas? Absolutely!


Breezes Bahamas is located on Nassau's best beach - the powder white sands of Cable Beach. 

You will find dining is a "breeze" with (5) all inclusive restaurants serving cuisine from morning til late at night. Enjoy snacks and cocktails at (4) bars, along with a swim-up bar.

Breezes is also located next to the largest casino in the Caribbean, and for guests convenience the resort features a private pedestrian walkway & shuttle service to the casino.

Book both Winter Sale & Wellness Week by February 28 - Travel now through December 23, 2019

Winter Sale - Save 45%
Choose accommodations from Classic Room; Patio Room - Garden & Pool Views or Ocean View

2nd Annual Wellness Week at Breezes Bahamas



Breezes is teaming up with Crunch Fitness to host the second annual on-site Wellness Week April 4-11, 2019

This seven-day retreat offers a full program of daily group exercise classes, culinary demonstrations, beauty workshops, as well as healthy behavior challenges and games.

What's included at Breezes Bahamas Resort?
Your all-inclusive package includes all meals in a variety of restaurants, unlimited drinks including cocktails & wine, land & water activities, live nightly entertainment, complimentary WiFi and much more. Plus, tipping is never allowed.

Get all the info here
http://breezes.com/phone/special-offers.html


Terms & conditions: 
Guests must be 14 or older. NEW bookings only. Minimum stay required. Other restrictions may apply. All rates shown are per person, per night based on double occupancy (two guests in the room) and include all taxes and fees (including government imposed VAT). Prices DO NOT include airfare. 


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, February 15, 2019

62% Savings On Your Turks and Caicos Getaway

East Bay Resort
Designed for travelers seeking a secluded tropical vacation with all the 
comfort of home, and now you can getaway to the Turks and Caicos 
this year for less, and get the best of both worlds. 


East Bay Resort is located on South Caicos just minutes away by flight from Providenciales. It is the largest luxury resort in the outer islands of Turks and Caicos, and only resort on beautiful East Bay Beach.

Guests will experience fine cuisine, pampering spa treatments, free organized activities, an exceptional water sports program, and one of the best white sand beaches in the Caribbean. 

Save up to 66% Now thru March 2nd, 2019 
Save up to 59% off your stay March 3nd - April 21st, 2019 

Book by February 28th, 2019 and save an additional 10% off the rates above, and at these prices room availability will not last long! 

These great rates are valid for 3 night stays and include

  • Daily full American breakfast 
  • Roundtrip airport transfers on South Caicos 
  • Use of non-motorized watersports, tennis courts and bicycles 
  • WiFi property wide 

Guest Rooms and Suites:
Choose from a variety of guest rooms and suites, from standard rooms that are ideally suited to vacationers seeking value priced lodging to luxurious two bedroom suites with panoramic private balconies and spacious floor plans. 

Most of the guest accommodations offer ocean views 

Suites feature open concept living areas that include 42-inch flat screen TV’s, comfortable queen size pullout couch, and fully equipped kitchens. 

On Site Dining:
From breakfast to evening cocktails EastBay features an internationally inspired menu incorporating island flavors.

  • BLU - The resorts signature restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Splash - Enjoy a casual lunch, light snacks and tropical cocktails at the resorts swim up pool 
  • Admiral Cockburn Lounge - Enjoy drinks on the main level of the resort with impressive views

Please note this promotion does not include flights. Valid for new reservations only. Subject to availability and advance reservations required. Blackout periods apply.

http://www.eastbayresort.com/specials-packages/book-direct-fly-free/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Jamaica All-Inclusive Wild Winter Sale


Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Adults Only - All Inclusive

All photos courtesy of Hyatt Hotels


For a limited time save up to 55% at this all inclusive Montego Bay oceanfront exclusively for adults!


Zilara Rose Hall offers a number of accommodations from intimate one-bedroom suites to indulgent butler serviced retreats. Choose from courtyard or ocean views with room size ranging from 493 square feet or book a luxury suite with over 600 to 1,000 square feet.  



Here's what included:

  • Private Balconies
  • Swim-Up Suites
  • Peaceful Infinity Pool and Lagoon-style Pools
  • Oceanside Fire Pits
  • Oceanfront Vistas
  • Full Access to Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
  • Unlimited Dining
  • Endless Drinks
  • 7 Restaurants
  • 6 Bars & Lounges
  • Premium Top Shelf Wines and Liquors
  • Oceanfront Dining
  • World-class Fitness Center
  • Minibar Stocked Daily
  • Personalized Butler Service
  • 24-Hour In-Suite Dining
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Non-motorized Watersports
  • Daily Activities
  • Water Games & Aqua Aerobics
  • Live Entertainment


Get this special deal via Hyatt's travel partner Travel Pulse - your go-to source for travel news featuring airlines, and cruise ships to destinations and travel tips, and everything in between. Click here for this special deal

Happy Travels,
Linda



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Junkanoo - A Celebration of the Bahamian Heritage, Culture and People

It's a street party complete with the non-stop Junkanoo rhythms 
and competitions, culture, food & fun! 


Enjoy this brief new video from The Bahamas and learn about how the spectacular colorful Bahamian Junkanoo costumes are made.




Happy Travels
Linda


Visit the tourism site
https://www.bahamas.com/




Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 Cayman Music and Art Lovers Adult Escape

KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers 

Photo Courtesy of Kaaboo Cayman

This is an adult escape . . . uniquely curated to appeal to all five senses, with world-class music, inspiring contemporary art, comedy, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences.



Here's what else to expect at KAABOO 2019

PALATE
The most upscale culinary environment at KAABOO, where you can sample local and regional delicacies and small-batch specialties from a variety of carefully selected culinary artisans. Pair these gourmet delectables with a variety of limited production wines, tasty libations or craft beers. 

PERSONAL INDULGENCES
Recharge yourself! Get pampered with a massage, hair enhancement, or body treatment, among other traditional spa services for men and women. 

Discover a new level of spa indulgences with fun treatments like IV nutrient therapy (a.k.a the ultimate hangover cure) and more island relaxation and rejuvenation specialties.

RETREAT / CABANAS / NIGHTLIFE
BASK is a “Vegas-style” Beach Club that offers DJ sets, flowing cocktails and fun games, with premium cabanas and BASK day and/or night passes. Remember "What happens in Cayman...stays in Cayman."

BASK NIGHT CLUB
BASK Night Club is KAABOO’s late-night dance club open from 9pm – 2am on Friday night. For one night only, this Beach Day Club turned Night Club will pulse with beats from leading DJs and feature exotic cocktails. 


MURAL PROJECT
Photo Credit Cayman Compass

KAABOO's journey of art, beauty and inspiraton continues with three large scale murals program in highly visible areas throughout Grand Cayman in Camana Bay and along West Bay Road (shown above). 

PUBLIC ART
KAABOO features a variety of contemporary public art installations, some in place when you arrive and others created live on-site during the event. the goals of KAABOO’s public art is to transform the venue with inspiring visual artistry, and partiipants will have the opportunity to watch art in the making. 

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR
Not all the art is just for display. You can attend this concert event and come home with a new painting for your home! Local and international artists will have their latest fine art works for sale. 

Visit the site for more info
https://www.kaaboocayman.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda




Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas from Travel 2 the Caribbean Blog!

My hope is that your holiday is filled with the special people in 
your lives, along with enjoying your favorite things. 


Sending Greetings to Friends and Travelers in the 
English, Spanish, Dutch and French Speaking Caribbean


Merry Christmas 
Antigua/Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Maarten/St Martin, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks & Caicos, and U.S. Virgin Islands

Feliz Navidad
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

Bon Pasco - Bon Anja
Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire

Joyeux Noel
Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique


Happy Holidays & Safe Travels,
Linda





Thursday, December 13, 2018

Save the Date Jazz Lovers - PapJazz Festival Haiti 2019

A world-wide experience awaits lovers of jazz 

Jazz Musicians from around the globe will perform next month at the annual PopJazz Fest. 

Some of the represented countries include Spain, France, Switzerland, USA, Israel, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Chile, Congo, 18 artists from Haiti, along with numermous artists from the Caribbean region.  



PapJazz 2019 Schedule:

- (8) days of Music at 12 Venues 
- 49 Concerts - 38 are FREE!
- (8) After Hours Venues
- 15 Free Workshops & Conferences   



Barbra Lica, listed among top 5 best jazz singers in Canada (pictured left)
Photo Credit: Canadian Beats


The non-profit Haiti Jazz Foundation was founded in 2007 to preserve Haiti’s musical heritage, provide access to continued professional music education in Haiti, promotion of kreyòl jazz in Haiti and abroad, along with booking the world's best jazz performers each year. 


The foundation has also been instramental in rebranding Haiti's image as a tourism destination by partnering with travel agencies and island hotel chains offering discounted travel packages and tours. 

Phyllisia Ross (pictured right)
Photo credit: IslandBoi Photography

American Grammy Award Winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Canadian Juno-Award Singer Molly Johnson, and Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba are artists who have performed in past festival events.  

Here's just a few of the global artist scheduled to perform in 2019:

  • Antonio Serrano (Spain) Harmonist - Spanish Jazz and Flamenco 
  • Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective (USA) 5 Time Grammy Award winner
  • Barbra Lica Quintet (Canada) Jazz Singer & Author
  • Yogev Shetrit Trio (Israel) Professional Drummer/Composer 
  • Alex Mercado (Mexico) Pianist
  • Emile Parisien Quartet (France) Saxophonist/Jazz Composer
  • Óscar Pizarro Quartet (Chile) Pianist/Keyboardist/ Composer 
  • Frank Salis meets Michael Watson (Switzerland) Organist/Composer - Michael Watson, Trombonist/American singer who is part of the new wave of musicians of New Orleans.
  • Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr (Germany) Trumpet & Piano
  • Ray Lema & Laurent de Wilde (Congo/France) Jazz Pianists


Cecile McLorin Salvant (pictured right)
Grammy Award 2016 - Best Jazz Vocal Album 
Photo Credit: papjazzjaiti.org

Artists from Haiti and the Caribbean Region:

  • Sonny Troupe Quartet "Add 2" (Guadeloupe) Fusion Gwo Ka and Jazz, Kreyol Jazz
  • Denis Lapassion (Guyana) featuring Etienne M'Bappé French Pianist/Composer/Arranger 
  • Paul Beaubrun (Haiti/USA) Haitian Singer/Arranger/Multi-instrumentalist
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant (Haiti/France/USA) Jazz Vocalist 
  • Phyllisia Ross (Haiti/USA) Singer/Songwriter/Composer/Piano and Keyboards 
  • BIC (Haiti) Songwriter, Rapper-Slammer - wordplay with Haitian Creole language
  • SMS Kreyol (Haiti) Jazz of all generations - fusion of jazz/folklore
  • Akoustik (Haiti) Jazz, Rock, Blues, Konpa, Reggae, Rasin


http://papjazzhaiti.org/
Email : info@papjazzhaiti.org - Phone : (509) 3101-0003

You can also check with Haitian Nomad on available travel packages for the jazz festival


Happy Travels,
Linda


More about the foundation
The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, a non-profit event, features an unprecedented cultural assembly to a local and international audience.

This is one of the best example of successful partnership between the international community via embassies of Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America, the public sector through Haitian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and local private institutions and sponsors such as Prestige (Heineken), Rhum Barbancourt, Sogebank, Mercedes-Benz, Air France and Delta.

The Haiti Jazz Foundation manages the steering organization committee (Embassies, ministries, private sector representatives) in order to administrate the logistics for the bands, scheduling and booking of concerts and venues, as well a marketing and communications for the event.

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