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Guests of all ages learn about the spices, foods, information and artifacts in the ‘Taste the Islands’ Caribbean Culinary Museum pop-up at the 2018 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival | Photo by David Muir

Caribbean Culinary History on Display at the 2018 Jamaican Jerk Festival

Thousands of visitors to the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on Sunday, November 11 interacted with pieces of history at the “Taste the Islands” Caribbean Culinary Museum and Theater. Guests were able to read about the origins of foods typical to the region, on a number of graphically illustrated poster boards. They were also able to touch and smell some of the noted food elements like curry, cane sugar, coffee and tamarind, and observe artifacts including a coal stove, three legged dutch pot, an ice shaver and vintage ceramics.

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Guests of all ages learn about the spices, foods, information and artifacts in the ‘Taste the Islands’ Caribbean Culinary Museum pop-up at the 2018 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival | Photo by David Muir

Following their successful execution of the Caribbean Culinary Museum and Theater at The 2018 Taste the Islands Experience (TTIX), the event’s producers installed the exhibit temporarily at the Jerk Festival in Sunrise, Florida. It was conceived and created collaboratively by Calibe Thompson, one of the producers of TTIX, and Marsha McDonald, producer of the “Diversity in Arts” design discussion series, as part of a series of artistic and cultural presentations promoted within Broward County.

Funding for this project was provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, as well as the following Funds from the Community Foundation of Broward: Fonda and H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. Family Trust Fund, Gary J. Scotto Fund and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

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An attendee exploring information and artifacts in the Caribbean Culinary Museum at the 2018 Taste the Islands Experience | Photo by RJ Deed

The next scheduled installations of the “Caribbean Culinary Museum and Theater” will run from February 18 through March 16, 2019 at the Lauderhill Museum, supported in part by Commissioner Howard Berger, and then at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society from April 26 – 28 as part of The 2019 Taste the Islands Experience. The expanded culinary festival will include gastronomy-centric activities in multiple locations across downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Find out more at www.ttiexperience.com.

Island Syndicate is a media, arts and entertainment agency that creates exceptional content and unforgettable experiences inspired by the Caribbean, and offers creative services in video, photography, graphic design and branding. Their properties include Island Origins Magazine and the Taste the Islands Experience.

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