Depending on which village or town you visit in Trinidad and Tobago, you are sure to get a different flavor and experience a different spin on signature local dishes. This is the story behind Pot Spoon Throw Down.
To date, the festival has highlighted delightful fish dishes out of Toco, pork dishes out of Sangre Grande, and placed the spotlight on the Indian influences from the village of Penal in the south of Trinidad. This year on Sunday, July 8, it’s off to the village of Lopinot in east Trinidad where Spanish Cuisine will be on plates everywhere and then to the fishing village of Mayaro where seafood and coconut-based dishes will be on the menu on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
The Pot Spoon Throw Down concept started in 2010 as a product of the original Taste T&T brand specifically designed to highlight Trinidad and Tobago’s rich cultural and culinary heritage. This heritage brings with it a plethora of culinary flavors, which is second to none in the Caribbean, flavored as it is by Amerindian, African, Spanish, Dutch, and French influences, just to name a few.
Whereas Taste T&T targets the fine dining segment, the aim of Pot Spoon Throw Down is to develop the community culinary tourism niche and promote community development. All teams in the culinary competition, and the food concessionaires, are drawn from the community and benefit from culinary and health and safety training provided by the Tourism Development Company Limited.
Local farmers, artisans, and performers are also invited to get involved in the staging of the event in an effort to create a truly authentic community experience. Visit both venues between the hours of 11:00 am and 6:00 pm, and you will be sure to get some of the best tasting dishes in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as enjoy exciting displays of the area’s culture, produce, crafts, and culinary skills.
For more information, visit www.gotrinidadandtobago.com .