Phenomenal Women Expo
When guests walked into the Phenomenal Women Expo, held May 6 at the Radisson Hotel, Port-of-Spain, they were greeted with gift bags of fresh homemade bread. Booths showcased a variety of products and services; hundreds of products were on sale from dresses, handbags, sandals, teas, coffees, wines, cosmetics and jewellery to cleaning products, appliances, desserts—at a fraction of the usual cost.
There were massages, tests for diabetes and high blood pressure, vision testing and weight maintenance programmes. Health coaches offered their professional advice with questionnaires. Every hour featured entertainment—from belly dancers to motivational seminars. The feature speaker was Catherine Kumar, CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. She urged women to push their potential to the top.
Planit Cr8tive Concepts staged the expo, which is planned as an annual event. Look out for it in 2018!
New Fire Festival
Guests at the second edition of the New Fire Festival in Trinidad and Tobago, April 8- 9, soaked in the atmosphere of green, sustainability and nature at the open-air venue in the verdant valley of Santa Cruz. Outdoor concerts were on the schedule during the two days of workshops and outdoor markets at the Caribbean’s premier “transformational festival”. Yoga, up-cycling, composting, permaculture, mural painting, guitar playing, dance and capoeira were just some of the workshops on offer; artesans and vendors sold food (vegetarian was recommended but optional) and craft. The zero-waste event required patrons to walk with their own reusable food and beverage containers. Patrons spread their blankets on the grass and listened to local artistes who performed acoustic sets and electronica. The annual festival was sponsored this year by First Citizens Bank.
Grenada Chocolate Fest
Organic cocoa and chocolate were the main menu items at the fourth annual Grenada Chocolate Fest, May 12- 20. Produced by True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, the festival included tours of cocoa plantations, workshops on making jewellery out of cocoa beans, and of course, lots of “chocolate-inspired cuisine”. The festival included a “bean to bar” experience at the Belmont Cocoa Estate, chocolate yoga meditation and plenty of sampling of the island’s award-winning chocolate products from the Grenada Chocolate Co.
Photo courtesy: True Blue Bay Boutique Resort/ Grenada Chocolate Fest.