Fun, Food Talk Lined up For South Florida Book Fest

Authors and panel discussions will showcase the vibrant and diverse literary culture of the Caribbean during the two-day South Florida Book Festival this month.

Mason TaymarThe event will be held July 20 and 21 at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Among the scheduled Caribbean authors and presenters are chef Taymer Mason, author of the cookbook “The Caribbean Vegan”, and Calibe Thompson, executive producer of “Taste the Islands”.  Georgia Bryce, Esther Tyson, Ash Cash and Ann Marie Sorrell will also be featured.

Mason will be one of the featured guests for the “Eat, Drink, Read: A Literary Culinary Experience” from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  on the first day. Other guests include Kevin Belton, the New Orleans-based PBS television celebrity chef; Melba Wilson, Harlem, New York restaurateur; and Jerrelle Guy, food photographer and baker.


Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the chefs and sample creations from their cookbooks. The culinary experience will be paired with cocktails courtesy of Victor George and Barefoot Wine. 

The following is a list of events on the second day:

10:30-11:30 a.m.

* “Inspirational Stories of Faith, Love and Spirituality”. Panel of Philbert Lakes, Ezekial Williams and Georgia Bryce moderated by Dr. Rosalind Osgood.

* “State of Public School Education” - Susan A. Colton and Esther Tyson will discuss the state of public school education in Florida and elsewhere. 

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Living Your Best Financial Life: 8 Steps to Financial Freedom” with Ash Cash.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“Chronicles of a Serial Dater …” moderated by Michelle Talbert.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chef Belton, Thompson and Martin Amado of “So Flo Home Project” will lead the discussion on how to become a television star.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Caribbean Vegan” with Mason, moderated by Desiree Rodriguez.

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