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#451822 - 11/24/12 09:21 AM Taste of Belize 2012  
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Belize Tourism Board Prepares for Taste of Belize

The tourism showcase known as Taste of Belize is back after a one year break. The Belize Tourism Board this week announced that the signature culinary event will take place in San Ignacio on the weekend of December first and second. Andrea Polanco is the Media and Public Relations manager for the BTB.

“It won’t be as traditional as it used to be in the past so we’re holding a pro-chef competition, this will be among four different chefs from across the country. What they will be doing they will be participating in a cook off competition it’s going to be a timed event they are going to have a basket of mystery ingredients, so it’s really and truly Belize’s version of Food Network Show, Chopped and in the end of course there is going to be a winne, the winner will take all. The winner will get $2500 a big trophy and of course another surprise gif. Also as a part of that we will also that night have the bartending competition where of course the bartenders will put their creativity and skills to test and of course there is going to be winner, the winner takes all because that person will get $1500 and of course a big trophy. We will also be having the cake decorating competition where the cake decorators get to put their creativity on display and the winner at the end of the evening will take home $1500 and of course a grand trophy. What we will be doing Patrick is that we will be having four judges for the pro-chef competition. They will be deciding who the best in Belize is. We’ve dubbed it as Belize’s master chefs because of course what we are doing is that we are trying to harness the talents of those in the culinary arts field in Belize and we also want to recognize their hard work and of course celebrate they are doing for the industry.”

Aside from the professional Chef competition, this year’s Taste of Belize will also feature a segment for Bar-B-Q aficionados, as explained by Polanco.

“On day two there will be the Grill Master competition; what we are doing is that we are calling all people you know whether you are a pro at making barbeque, whether you just want to do your own barbeque in your backyard but if you feel as if your barbeque is good enough come on out apply through the BTB; of course that will be held on the grounds of the Welcome Center in San Ignacio, Cayo on Sunday, December 2nd from 10:00am-3:00pm. We have three different categories: we have sea food, we have poultry and of course meats which can be beef or pork. At the end of that also we have great prizes for the overall winner and of course trophy and so what we are also doing is that we are partnering with the town council of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, they will also be having a food fest, so you can get any Belizean dish that you can think about. We want to make it very Belizean, celebrate our food, so you can get wangla, tableta, or maybe some casham and that kind of thing and we are also having local entertainment like dances, music so we want to invite the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the entire country Belize to come out to San Ignacio, Cayo for that weekend, December 1st and 2nd. If you are unable to make it we want to encourage you to tune in to Love TV on the night of December 1st so that you can get a good feel of what the pro-chef competition will be like that will be live on Love.”

Polanco says the Taste of Belize event is an important feature on the Tourism calendar for Belize.

The significance is that really and truly it is one our signature event in terms of us paying tribute to some of the best in the field and we realizing, the BTB recognizes that our chefs, our bartenders, our cake decorators, while a lot of people may think that they are just the small man at the bottom really and truly these are the people who help to sell Belize. When people come to Belize of course our cuisine is one of the best in the world, I say it is parallel to none, and it is something that a lot of tourists look forward to and so we feel that it is very important that the Belize Tourism Board recognizes these people and of course it is going to be a gala night. I want o make one final call Patrick to the Belizean public to come on out we have tickets for a $100 but trust me it’s going to be a dinner and show because we will have models and body paint, we will have exotic animals, we’ll also have a photo booth, we have a complimentary gift bags and so we’re really going to transform the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and we’d love for the Belizean Public to join us.”

Taste of Belize kicks off on Saturday night, December first at the San Ignacio hotel and continues the following day at the Cayo Welcome Centre grounds. The professional chef competition, which will air live on Love Television, will be hosted by media personalities Indira Craig and William Neal.


#452774 - 12/05/12 08:55 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2012 [Re: Marty]  
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Taste of Belize video

This past weekend the Belize Tourism Board held an event in San Ignacio, Cayo called “Taste of Belize”.

#452781 - 12/05/12 09:14 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2012 [Re: Marty]  
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Taste Of Belize at the SIRH | Cayo Scoop!  Best of Cayo's E-Mag. |

Taste Of Belize at the SIRH

The San Ignacio Resort Hotel hosted the BTB's Taste of Belize on Saturday. Danny Chung got some beautiful pictures of the event.

The winners are as follows:

Marcia Nunez: Master Chef of the Year (Hamanasi)
Sheridan Polanco: Cake Decorator of the Year (Hamanasi)
Fermin Coc: Bartender of the Year (The Placencia)
Nazim Juan: Grill Master of the Year (Maya Walk)

"Congratulations to Belize Tourism Board on a fantastic Taste of Belize 2012. Here is a little Taste of images from San Ignacio Resort Hotel.

#452787 - 12/05/12 09:55 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2012 [Re: Marty]  
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Eat Too Much: Drink Too Much: Want Too Much (How To Roll in Belize)

Sunday's food fest in San Ignacio, the town the locals call 'Cayo" since it's a town in Belize's Cayo District in Western Belize.

Sunday’s food fest in San Ignacio, the town the locals call ‘Cayo” since it’s located in Belize’s Cayo District in Western Belize.

Snaps from the “Taste of Belize” in San Ignacio, Belize, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2012.

If the music or the spirit moves you, just get down and get funky and nobody will even give you a second look in Belize. Except maybe obsessive people watchers like yours truly perhaps.

If the music or the spirit moves you, just get down and get funky and nobody will even give you a second look in Belize. Except maybe obsessive people watchers like yours truly perhaps.

It's a hard thing for a Texan who grew up on all that great Texas BBQ, but Western Belize is famous, among other things,  for  some of the best BBQ anywhere in the world.

It’s a hard thing for a Texan who grew up on all that great Texas BBQ, but Western Belize is famous, among other things, for some of the best BBQ anywhere in the world.

Cute kids abound.

Cute kids abound.



Dude hit some pretty impressive licks on that guitar.

Dude hit some pretty impressive licks on that guitar.

Beliken: The Beer that Made Belize Famous; Or So they Say

Beliken: The Beer that Made Belize Famous; Or So they Say


Are you lost or what?

Belizean “wing ding” takes on new meaning.He was lost in this crowd.




#452876 - 12/06/12 08:22 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2012 [Re: Marty]  
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Southern Belize shines at Taste of Belize

The 10th annual Taste of Belize, Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) signature culinary event, took place in the beautiful town of San Ignacio, Cayo. The two-day event took place on December 1st and 2nd, with the first day showcasing the beverage and final round of the food competitions. The event ran simultaneously with the gala event while day two saw grilling connoisseurs compete for the title of Grill Master of Belize on the grounds of the San Ignacio Visitor Welcome Center.

On the night of the Gala Event on December 1st, the San Ignacio Resort sparkled and came to life with a Maya theme. Models were covered in body paint, some holding exotic Belizean animals as they stood posed in strategic spots throughout the entertainment area. Minister of Tourism and Culture Hon Manuel Heredia declared the event open following his brief remarks. In his address Heredia said that the Taste of Belize is geared to highlights the culinary aspect of Belize. “The event was created to fulfill two major goals; one to build interest for local Belizeans to enter into the culinary field and two to create an event that can build our local tourism. It was also envisioned that the event would have a sell-over effect in assisting to boost tourism arrivals…We are also proud to boast that that the skills of our Belizean chefs, bartenders and cake decorators have been greatly enhanced…in particular, the Master Chef Competition has become more difficult over the few years, moving from cooking one meal with one mystery meat ingredient in one hour to cooking three meals with four mystery basket ingredients in one hour. The event has also grown from being a one day event to a two-day event,” said Heredia.

The event kicked off with the beverage competition featuring three bartenders competing for the title of Belize’s Top Bartender. The local “mixologists” consisted of Joseph Bodden of Coco Beach Resort of Ambergris Caye, Mark Jacobs of Hamanasi Resort and Fermin Coc of The Placencia Hotel and Residencies. At the end of the event, a panel of four judges selected the 2009 second place competitor Fermin Coc as the Belize’s Top Bartender 2012 taking away the bragging rights, trophy and $1500 in cash. Speaking exclusively to The San Pedro Sun, Coc said, “After taking a break, I came back with some new concoctions and I impressed the judges. I feel great,” said Coc. The beverages that Coc managed to impress the judges with included “Old San Ignacio-Ade” made of Vodka, coconut, honey, vanilla, lime juice, pineapple juice, topped with coconut flakes, a small piece of pineapple and a dash of cranberry syrup. Another of Coc’s drink was “Amigos del Mar” which consisted of white rum, chunks of lime and blue curacao, sugar and sprite. The third drink was “The Fish House Punch,” made of rumpope, bitters, white rum, gin, fresh banana, cantaloupe and nutmeg. “It means a lot to me…I have been working so hard and I wanted to prove that I could make the best concoctions,” said Coc.

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