Fort Lauderdale to host ‘Taste the Islands’ June 2

Caribbean cuisine and culture will be showcased during the 2018 “Taste the Islands Experience” June 2 in South Florida.

The event, to be staged from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, is aimed at food and spirits enthusiasts with a taste for island indulgences. It will feature celebrity cooking demonstrations, an artisan shopping village and live music on the Riverfront on the lawn of the New River Inn, 231 S.W. Second Ave.

Verna Cynthia Chef Thia“The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is thrilled to present this tasteful celebration of all things Caribbean to residents and visitors in Downtown Fort Lauderdale,” Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, noted in a recent press release to promote the event.

“Our diverse community continues to be shaped by the many cultures, flavors and influences to our south and we are proud to showcase them together at the festive ‘Taste the Islands Experience’.”


Celebrity chefs, including “Taste the Islands” television show hosts Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna of Haiti, Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair of Jamaica and Chef Amit Raval, head chef of Amtar Fine Foods in Trinidad, are scheduled to make appearances. They will sample Caribbean creations in the “Taste the Islands” Pavilion and present demonstrations on the event’s main stage.

Restaurant Row will host 15 local cafes and caterers representing multiple islands, each offering different menu selections. An open bar will serve island specialties.

Other features will include a tropical drink and ice-cream bar and a Caribbean Culinary Museum and Culinary Theater, where guests can enjoy Caribbean history.

Musical entertainment will be provided by deejays Nickymix and Richie D. Steve “Sir Rockwell” Warner will emcee the event. A steel drum band and costumed carnival players will also perform.

For more information about “Taste the Islands Experience”, visit