Savor San Pedro Food Festival a culinary delight!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 5            January 31, 2008

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...and Jovan enjoy some of the best desserts available at the booths!

Reef Radio's Jorge Aldana takes a taste of the bruschetta created at the Luna food booth.

Kakaw - chocolate gurus joined forces with Wine de Vine for a spectacular chocolate and wine pairing. Chris Beaumont kept visitors informed on the process of Cacao fruit to chocolate morsels. Yum!

Choosing a favorite morsel was hard with all the choices available.

The Blue Water Grill staff were also on hand to entertain the kiddies who were in attendance. Mardoqueo the clown was kept busy with balloons and tricks...

...Alex wears much of Mardoqueo's creations while indulging in some ceviche!

While chefs and cooks expressed their talent through their dishes, artists such as Terryl Godoy expressed their talent on canvas. With a wide array of goodies to taste and enjoy, everyone at the Food Festival had something to rave about.

Amazing, great, wonderful, must happen again – these were some of the many comments on the first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival Block Party. Held last Saturday January 26th, 2008 at Central Park, many were absolutely delighted to enjoy the variety of great dishes offered by restaurants around town. Hosted by the San Pedro Business Association, this one-of-a-kind festival had the night filled with music and mouths watering from blocks away. It was definitely an evening of great fun, tasty eats and thirst-quenching drinks that pleased the enthusiastic crowd.

    At the end of the night prizes were handed to the various participating booths and the categories ranged from Best Food, Best Drink and Best Overall Booth. Participating booths included KSV Playland, Big Daddy’s, Blue Water Grill, Palapa Bar and Grill, Pedro’s Pizza, Tabu, Blue Lotus, Journey’s End, Santiago Castillo, El Fogon, Jambel Jerk Pit, Fido’s, Wine De Vine and Kakaw Chocolate, and Annie’s Pastries.

    Food abounded and everyone got to enjoy delicious shrimp sticks from Blue Water Grill, sausage dip and pulled pork sandwiches from Palapa Bar, peel and eat shrimp as well as lobster pizza from Pedro’s, pastries galore from Tabu (including their brownie cheesecake), butter chicken from Blue Lotus, beef boca and shrimp and cheese bruschetta from Luna, conch fritters, tostadas, empanadas and more from El Fogon, jerk chicken and pork from Jambel’s, lobster, chicken and shrimp kebabs from Fido’s, and delicious chocolates from Wine de Vine and Kakaw Chocolate.

    The hungry participants feasted until about 9:00 p.m. when most of the booths were depleted of their good food. During the evening, while nibbling on the exquisite dishes, revelers took the time to enjoy other booths and activities at the festival such as The Gallery (great paintings), The Calendar Girls (taking pictures and signing calendars), Carole Goudreau Esthetics (face and body painting, Henry Zacharias (entertained everyone with his drumming), Teryl “Man at Work” (painted seascapes), Paul Hampson and Lara Goldman the Fire Dancers, Sensemilla Band, DJ Habo (David Marin) and Dejon Tucker who MC’ed for the night.

    At the end of the night, after careful consideration, the judges had a difficult and arduous task of choosing the Best Food, Best Drink and Best Overall Booth. The winners and their prizes are as follows: Best Food - First Place: Blue Water Grill - Prize(s): Sunset Charter on SEAduced Catamaran for 10, Dinner for 2 at Mata Chica; Second Place: Blue Lotus – Prize(s): $200 Cash Given by PUP Standard Bearer Mel Spain, two gift certificates from Sol Spa; Third Place: El Fogon – Prize(s) $100 Cash from Ramons Village, Two gift certificates from Tropical Touch Spa. Best Drink: First Place: Blue Lotus – Prize(s): $200 cash from Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Dinner for 2 at Portofino; Second Place: Blue Water Grill – Prize(s): $100 cash from Blue Tang, Gift certificate from Footprints; Third Place: Wine De Vine/ Kakaw Chocolate - Prize(s): $100 gift certificate from Captain Shark’s. Best All Around Booth: First Place: Tabu - Prize: $500 cash from Area Representative Manuel Heredia; Second Place: Palapa Bar – Prize: Dinner for two at Victoria House.

    The first ever Savor San Pedro Food Festival did just what it was intended to do as the good food and festive atmosphere enticed visitors as well as the community to come out and enjoy a fun evening at the park. With round happy bellies and our fill of music, art, and entertainment, everyone is eagerly awaiting next year’s festival.
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