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Apr 19, 2016

Taste of Belize 2016 Will Be Bigger and Better

This year, the Belize Tourism Board will be bringing back the Taste of Belize, a competitive culinary show. Chefs, bakers and bartenders from across the country will face off in a one-day competition to determine the best in their trade.  According to Capacity Building and Sustainable Tourism Officer, Shona Babb, the Taste of Belize allows those who attend to literally eat their way through the different foods.


Shola Babb, Capacity Building & Sustainable Tourism Officer, B.T.B.

“We want to go back to the grassroots; have the people from all over the country participate this time. So we are asking for everybody across the country if they want to be a vendor or if they want to compete in the competitions to apply to get the ball rolling.”


Duane Moody

“This year, you are moving it to the Muffles College. Talk to us about that and the different competitions that people can compete in.”


Shola Babb

Shola Babb

“It’s going to be a day and night event at the Muffles College Auditorium; it starts at nine o’clock and it goes till about eleven o’clock in the evening. In the morning, we are going to have the cupcake and the cake and amateur chef competition and in the afternoon, it is going to be the bartending and the master chef competitions. Those are our biggest ones where we really see showmanship because we have the bartending competition which gets very interesting this year. We have three rounds; the first with them bringing their original drinks and then we have a mystery basket and we have a speed round. So that should be awesome in itself. The master chef is opened to chefs who have been cooking for two years or more. It is going to be an extraordinary competition; it looks somewhat lie Chopped that you see on television. You have the appetizer; two chefs might go and then you have the entrée, two chefs might go as well and at the end, we’ll have a well rounded winner. We at the moment are calling all the hotels and restaurants across Belize asking them if they would like to participate in our vendor marketplace. What we are expecting or what we are hoping for is to have restaurants and hotels from Corozal to Punta Gorda showing their best dishes and sharing it with the country for the people who will be visiting the marketplace.”


Taste of Belize will be held on the fourteenth of May at Muffles College Auditorium and the deadline for all applications—vendors and competitors is April twenty-ninth. General admission for the day events are ten dollars for adults and five dollars for children. The evening event start at six p.m. and admission is fifteen and ten dollars respectively for adults and children. VIP admission is fifty dollars each. 

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