The senses of patrons were tantalized with the best culinary products that Barbados has to offer at the Roberts NIFCA Culinary Arts Arena and Marketplace at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.
The event, which began last Friday and ran until yesterday, was about “everything culinary taking centre stage”, remarked chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Cranston Browne.
Noting that this was second time the expo was being held, Browne said the culinary arts discipline has grown in popularity from year to year.
“As we continue to track this evolutionary path, more and more, its potential to develop into a viable economic stimulant for other industries becomes evident,” he said.
Browne added that the culinary arts competition was in keeping with the spirit of NIFCA, highlighting and improving the talent that Barbados has to offer on a national stage.
He said the competition introduced participants to a realm of possibilities, and encouraged potential culinary entrepreneurs to “take their craft to the next level, to the commercial enterprise and to the wider world”.
The “NIFCA marketplace” consisted of 46 exhibitions, a mixture of food sampling, farmers’ market, and some of the award-winning treats from the 2015 NIFCA culinary arts entries.
During the opening ceremony for the expo, renowned Barbadian chef Peter Edey was presented with the NIFCA Recognition Award for his contributions to Barbadian culinary talent and culture.
Browne described Edey as a “proponent of the use of local produce and the preservation of all
The major highlight of the evening was the Celebrity Showcase which saw 15 local chefs offering up some of their most mouth-watering delights to a long line of patrons who not only tasted but also judged their dishes. (KK)