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Reviving The Fine Flavor Cocoa Industry in Trinidad & Tobago

By CTA Admin | Feb 15, 2019

Which single-origin fine flavor dark chocolate would you prefer? One that is mellow and smooth on the palate or one that is green aromatic? How about one that tastes like dried red fruit or bright fruit and herbal with sweet vanilla aroma? These are snippets of the tasting notes to describe four single-origin dark chocolate…

Thinking of Food Tourism Beyond a Good Meal and Drinks: New Skift Research

By CTA Admin | Feb 14, 2019

Even though it has been discussed as a travel trend for years now, the conversation around food tourism has changed very little since it first began. Given its potentially mass appeal and ability to provide local economies with a welcome boost, Skift Research thought it was time to examine food tourism as it exists today…

TripAdvisor Saw Experiences and Restaurants as Major Growth Contributors in 2018

By CTA Admin | Feb 14, 2019

Several years ago, TripAdvisor’s experiences and restaurants operations were growing strongly, but they were still a relatively small portion of the company’s overall business, which focused on hotels. But in 2018, as the company disclosed Tuesday, those two businesses, along with alternative accommodations, which the company hardly mentions these days, accounted for 27 percent, or…

Positive response to local Tongan frozen produce trial

By CTA Admin | Feb 14, 2019

Tonga’s Nishi Trading Company successfully trialled its frozen taro, fries, pumpkin and hummus in the local market in Nuku’alofa late last year. The response has been overwhelmingly good. “Using your own local market for product development is important to see how people respond to the product” says Nishi’s Marketing Expert Joanna Bourke, Executive Creative Director…

Global Agritourism Market Will Grow at a CAGR of 18% During 2019-2023| Technavio

By CTA Admin | Feb 14, 2019

Technavio has announced the release of their research report on the global agritourism market for the forecast period 2019-2023. This agritourism market analysis report segments the market by type (domestic and international) and geography (APAC, Europe, MEA, South America, and North America). This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190205005447/en/ Global agritourism market…

Culture, colour and cuisine celebrated at Wellington’s annual Pasifika Festival

By CTA Admin | Feb 12, 2019

Thousands turned out to celebrate the colour, culture and cuisine of the great Pacific at Wellington’s annual Pasifika Festival. Event organiser Suzanne Tamaki said the festival was “amazing”, with lots of people turning out- despite the blustery weather conditions. “The weather wasn’t so fantastic but it didn’t put anyone off coming down. It was still…

Samoa: Food Revolution starts at home

By CTA Admin | Feb 12, 2019

One of Samoa’s leading chefs, Dora Laura Elisiana Rossi, is the co-host of the Pacific Island Food Revolution: a reality television style cooking competition with a Pacific flavour. The restaurateur behind Paddles Restaurant and Milani Caffè joined forces with celebrity chef Robert Oliver last year to make the Samoan set of a 12-part show, which…

Freshest, Finest and Hottest Culinary Destination: Why Trinidad and Tobago Keeps Winning

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | Feb 3, 2019

With the freshest organic produce, the finest cacao beans, and the hottest chili peppers, Trinidad and Tobago seems to have it all to satisfy even the most critical of palates. How does this twin-island state become a 7-time champion in the illustrious Taste of the Caribbean, and how does a country set a standard in…

Moroccan Female Chefs Are Stirring Up Change From Their Kitchens

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | Feb 3, 2019

There has been an unprecedented increase of proudly Moroccan female chefs domestically and abroad, fearlessly and innovatively creating modern interpretations of Moroccan cuisine, and supporting small producers by using only fresh local produce and ingredients in their female-led kitchens. Considered one of the finest in the world and referred to as “a cuisine of the…

Tanzania: Minister Urges Zanzibar Hoteliers to Buy Local Produce

By CTA Admin | Jan 30, 2019

The Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Rashid Ali Juma, is encouraging Hotel owners here to source their food preparing stuffs and related ingredients from local producers including poultry farmers, instead of importing them. The Minister wondered why most of the Isle’s poultry industry is highly dependent on imported poultry products from…

Chef Kofi Agyekum For Ghana At 2018 West Africa Food Festival

By CTA Admin | Jan 22, 2019

Pastry Chef, Kofi Agyekum is set to make Ghana proud again at a culinary contest put together by the Ghana Chefs Association. Produced under the theme “Indigenous Cuisine and Culinary Innovation”, The West African Food Festival is an innovative culinary event organised to showcase different cooking skills, techniques, flavours, cultures and food presentation. The representative…

7 Caribbean Chocolate Brands – From Cacao Bean To Bar

By CTA Admin | Jan 16, 2019

Demand for fine or flavor cacao with its exquisite color, taste, and quality is increasing. And instead of exporting these cacao beans (cocoa beans) mostly cultivated in the Caribbean, they are being used by old and new chocolate making companies popping up in the region. Some of these chocolate companies are associated with cacao plantations…

Caribbean Tourism Organization declares 2019 ‘The Year of Festivals’ in the Caribbean

By CTA Admin | Dec 18, 2018

On the heels of the past year’s successful Year of Rejuvenation, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean. Throughout 2019, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination. “The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an…