Ins and outs of trindad and tobago 2018

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Educated in France at the Université d’Angers, Ecole des Beaux Arts Fontainebleau, artist-poet Sarah Beckett has exhibited extensively in the Caribbean, the UK, Holland, Italy, the Far East and the USA. A former Board Member of the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago, her work has been displayed on the Oval Walls & The Hyatt Waterfront as part of The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago’s initiative, "Taking Art onto the Street." She also represented Trinidad in the Carifesta exhibition in 2007 & the Cocoa Cola exhibition in Atlanta, USA. For many years, Beckett helped raise funds for The Cotton Tree Foundation through the sale of her paintings, and designed a Creative Outreach Programme for the Cotton Tree Foundation NGO which won the Soca BPTT 2006 Award. Her works of art can be seen in corporate offices and homes in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2017, Beckett was commissioned by Hyatt to create a custom painting for the refurbished Presidential Suite.


MARTIN SUPERVILLE Painter, curator and art dealer Martin Superville knew he had a passion for fine art and began painting at just eight years-old. A few years after graduating from St George's College, Barataria, he began painting professionally and today he has become well-known for iconic portraits in oils as well as other media. His works often feature engaging, dynamic local scenes - a game of cricket, dancing sailors in Carnival costumes and Belé dancers in elegant madras skirts. Many of these signature works are part of local and international private as well as public collections. Having exhibited in Trinidad, Washington D.C. and the Bahamas, Superville moved to Tobago where he manages The Art Gallery and also hosts seminars and workshops for young artists.

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22 At a Glance TRINIDAD 6-128

6 Feature 10 T&T Calendar 20 Festivals 22 The Cure of Carnival 30 Multi-cultural Festivals

36 Retail Therapy 54 Revive and Restore 58 Get Out and About 60 Sights 70 Escapades 72 Beach More, Worry Less 74 Waterfalls Galore

76 Stay A While 84 Be Entertained 96 Special Events

98 Sports 106 Good Food, Good Mood 184 Hotels & Guesthouses






At a Glance 130-185

130 Festivals 132 Heritage Festival 135 Tobago Festivals

136 Get Out and About 138 Sightseeing 140 Beach More, Worry Less

144 Retail Therapy 148 Investing in the Good Life 150 Limin’ Tobago Style 152 Tobago Jazz Experience 155 Tobago Fashion Week

158 Sports 161 Fun in the Water 162 Stay A While 174 Good Food, Good Mood 182 Hotels & Guesthouses 185 Fast Facts



alking with Giants

By Anna Walcott-Hardy

In the land of Kairi (Trinidad) and Urupaina (Tobago), as our Republic islands were originally called by the indigenous people, before being claimed by Columbus for the Spanish in 1498, “yuh can’t play mas’ and ‘fraid powder”. This simply means that to truly understand the place you have to jump in with both feet, and you won’t regret it. You need to taste the fusion of cultures in our local delicacies, marvel at the mix of faiths in our festivals, explore rain forest and swamps in Trinidad and discover coral reefs and crystal clear, nylon pools in Tobago. Living on an island can be both liberating and solitary; add a mix of people from across the world with an indomitable spirit to survive and overcome a challenging past, to create a new identity, and you have the makings of a new world Babel, a special place rich in culture and diversity.



Throughout the capital you will find forts, churches and homes built in varied architectural styles that mirror the history of the islands. A good place to start is the Magnificent Seven around the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Rosary R.C. Church Photo: Maria Nunes

History Lessons In south Trinidad, you will find the oldest preColumbian archaeological site in the West Indies at Banwari Trace. This burial site was unearthed by Peter Harris and members of the Historical Society in Bunji Garlin and Machel Montano the 1960s. You can visit the Zoological Museum at The Photo: Edison Boodoosingh University of the West Indies, St Augustine, to view the 5,000 year old remains of the Banwari skeleton and other artefacts which have been housed at the Department of Life Sciences since 1978. In 2017, the First Peoples were celebrated nationwide and a commitment to revisit and document their historical importance to the region and the world, was made by the government. Although the population was devastated by the torturous treatment from the Spanish settlers, their descendants continue to enrich many communities. Throughout the capital you will find forts, churches and homes built in varied architectural styles that mirror the history of the islands. A good place to start is the Magnificent Seven around the Queen’s Park Savannah. There are also many history books, novels and poems by award-winning, critically acclaimed Trinidadian artists that address local and universal tropes, authors including CLR James, Bridget Brereton, Sharon Millar, Barbara Jenkins and Earl Lovelace - are brilliant buys.



Sugar and Spice

The Inherent Creativity

Our unique Trinitario cocoa beans are renowned for their rich flavor and like fine wines, the taste varies from estate to estate dependent on soil, climate and flora to name a few influencers. And we all know of the health benefits of dark chocolate, so make sure to tour some of the estates from the organic 15acre Brasso Seco plantation to the 250- acre San Antonio Cocoa Estate, to name just a few, or enjoy a tasting tour in Tobago, and get an opportunity to walk through the groves where the pods are grown and harvested, understand the process and see the beans dried, roasted and shelled, and even taste the nibs or divine chocolate bars. Some chocolatiers have selections where the chocolate bars are combined with scorpion peppers or guava, even rum. These selections are available at cafés and supermarkets across the country. At UWI you can also learn more at the Cocoa Research Centre with its invaluable gene bank, enroll in a chocolate-making course and taste some of the best chocolate in the world.

Trinidad has created the steelpan and Calypso and Soca music that have impacted profoundly on world music. Billboard charts are exploding with the music of Trinidadian artists from Nicki Minaj and Major Lazer’s Jillionaire to Bunji Garlin, Calypso Rose and Machel Montano who are making waves at home and abroad; and on the contemporary jazz scene Etienne Charles is a master composer and musician. Few places can compare with our small population of just 1.4 million people. In the field of sports it’s equally inspiring with world renowned cricketers like Brian Lara and the Bravo brothers, footballer Dwight Yorke, Olympic gold medallists Hasely Crawford and Keshorn Walcott, and more recently a winning team at the World Championship, as well as Paralympic giant, Akeem Stewart.

The Bounty


Touring the nascent beauty of the forests has to be on your bucket list, and if you’re lucky, you may see up close, environmentally sensitive species like the spotted ocelot, a wild cat native to the Americas, or Red Howler monkeys swinging between the silk cotton trees of Nariva Swamp; there are also the Caiman, and a wide variety of snakes and butterflies in the rain forests. Trinidad is celebrated for having so many species in such a small concentrated area like Bush Bush Island in the Nariva Swamp, where there are 32 species of bats and 171 species of birds, including scarlet macaws. There are also owls, five species of parrots and anteaters and the occasional deer if you’re lucky. However, many of these species are under threat of extinction as a result of disease outbreaks, illegal hunting and pesticides, but there have been attempts to correct these ills and protect the environment over the years. One highly successful programme has been the protection of the hundreds of leatherbacks that travel to the nesting grounds on beaches on the north and east coasts of Trinidad including Grande Rivière and Matelot. A spectacular sight if you’re lucky enough to see it.

There are many well-known reasons why Trinidad and Tobago is good for you, and many others that are waiting to be discovered. So now it’s your turn to get out there and make it happen, create that once in a lifetime experience – dance to steelpan until the sunrise, take a yoga class in the lush Savannah, sing with paranderos in Paramin, watch hatchling leather backs make their way to the ocean, light deyas at Divali, or just relax on the beach with a cold beer and a delicious shark and bake. Whatever your choice, you will treasure your discoveries in the Caribbean and maybe find something new about yourself as well.



Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool Photo: Jason Sookermany Inset: Stollmeyer’s Castle Photo: Video Aerial & Ground Solutions




2018 Inset: First

Massy All Stars Citizens Supernova Photos: Maria Nunes

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New Year’s Day (Public Holiday) 1 Soca in Moka 19 Fête All Inclusive, Trinity College’s Annual Carnival All-Inclusive Fête, Trinity Courts, Moka, Maraval, 4 pm to 11 pm, 755-1637 1 Tobago Love ‘The Xperience’, Tropikist Beach Hotel, Old Store Bay Road, Crown Point, Tobago, 3 pm to 10 pm, 744-5683, 1 ‘Start D Carnival’, TUCO Annual Cooler Fête Welfare Fundraiser, Grand Stand, Courtyard, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 4 pm 2-6 I love Soca Series Feb Pre carnival musical event 11 pm to 3 am Barcode Sports Bar and Grill, Scarborough, Tobago 635-2633 8-19 Invicta Exhibit Series featuring Hasely Crawford sponored by NGC, Nalis Library, Couva, 623-9673 / 624-1130, 6 ‘Tribe Ice’ 10 pm - 5 am


Soca under the Samaan Tree, Pre carnival event, Tambrin Square, Tobago 639-3437 13 ‘Chutney Soca Monarch’ Semi-Final, 8 pm, 653-2908, Red Ants & QPCC Stumped 13 Queen’s Park Oval Car Park 9 pm - 4 am 14 ‘Carnival – The Sound of a People’, Etienne Charles’ Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann's, POS, 624-1284, 14 National Single Pan Finals, Arima Basketball Court, Arima, 4 pm, 623-4486, 20 ‘Fête with the Saints’ All-Inclusive Fête, CIC Grounds, St James, 6 pm to 12 midnight, 624-8468, 20 ‘Battle of the Sexes’, Jean Pierre Complex, POS, Spectakula Promotions, 628-8700 20 ‘Ronnie & Friends AllInclusive Carnival Party’, 155 Southern Main Road, Couva, 8 pm to 2 am, 225-4828, 6

‘Nikkiland’ The Children’s All Inclusive, Hasely Crawford Stadium Training Grounds, 1 pm to 5 pm 21 ‘Yorke Inc. Annual Carnival’ All Inclusive, Trinity College East, 5 pm to midnight, 776-1032 21 Bethesda Church Harvest 9 am Plymouth, Tobago 22-24 The T&T Energy Conference 2018, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, POS 6-ENERGY, www. 26 15th Annual ‘Ladies Night Out’, Randy Glasgow Productions, Hasely Crawford Stadium, POS, 9 pm, 628-9158, www.randyglasgow 27 ‘Chutney Soca Monarch’ Final, Skinner Park, San Fernando, 9 pm, 653-2908, 27 ‘Central Bank All Inclusive’, Eric Williams Plaza, POS, 7 pm to 2 am, 678-6817, 27 Old Hilarians ‘Bishop Anstey All-Inclusive Fête’, Bishop Anstey High School Grounds, POS, 4 pm, 625-5844, 27 National Panorama SemiFinals – Small Bands, Chaguanas, 623-4486, 21

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QRC All-Inclusive, Queen’s Royal College, St Clair, 5 pm to 12 am, 622-1671, 28 National Panorama Semi Finals – Medium & Large Bands, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 1 pm, 623-4486, 28 Bishop’s Tobago All Inclusive - ‘BTAI 2018 Rendez-vous’ 5 pm- 12:00 midnight Bishop’s High School Grounds, 683-1184 29 National Calypso Queen’s Competition, National Women’s Action Committee, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann's, POS, 624-1284, 29 National Extempo Preliminary, TUCO, Queen’s Park Savannah, 7:30 pm, 627-7876, 31 ‘Take 2, The Concert: Afro Calypso & Latin Jazz Fusion - Journey to Brazil’, Jazz Alliance of T&T, Queen’s Hall, POS, 8 pm, 27

February THA Pan Champ Finals, Dwight Yorke Stadium Parade Ground, 7 pm Tobago 2 Army Fête, "Safest Fête in Carnival", Queen’s Park Savannah 3 ‘Calypso Fiesta’ TUCO National Calypso Monarch Semi-Final, Skinner Park, San Fernando, 12 noon, 627-7876, 3 ‘Red Cross Kiddies Carnival’, Queen’s Park Savannah, 2 pm 3 ‘1st Chutney Soca Queen Competition Finals’ and ‘Chutney Brass Festival’ Randy Glasgow Productions, Guaracara Park, San Fernando, 7:30 pm, 628-9158, www.randy glasgow 3 ‘Chutney Brass Festival’, Randy Glasgow Productions, Guaracara Park, San Fernando, 10 pm, 628-9158, www.randyglasgow 3 Fatima All Inclusive Fête, Fatima College, Mucurapo Road, St. James 5 pm to 12 am, 628-4735 3 Red Ants & Blue Range Assocation Blue Flame All Inclusive, Blue Range Park 9 pm to 3 am 4 National Junior Panorama Finals, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 9 am, 623-4486 4 Arima Panorama, Princess Royal Basket Ball Court, Arima, 7 pm, 623-4486, 4 Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Pan Champs Finals, Dwight Yorke Stadium, 7 pm, 623-4486, 4 ‘Oneness The Party’, St. Ann's RC Church Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann's, POS, 624-1284, 2

Moko Jumbie Photo: Maria Nunes Inset:

MacFarlane Carnival 2017 - Cazabon Photo: Gary Jordan


‘Pan Inclusive’, Government Campus Auditorium, Richmond Street, POS, 4 pm to 11 pm, 718-0175, 4 St. Georges Anglican Church Harvest, 9 am, Hope Village, 639-2485 5 ‘Machel Monday’, Hasely Crawford Stadium, POS, 6 pm, 5 National Junior Calypso Monarch Final, Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, 10 am, 627-7876, 6 ‘Tuesday on the Rocks’, Kes in Concert, O2 Park, Chaguaramas, 622-5616, 6 pm, 6 ‘Rapso Explosion’, TUCO 20th Edition, NALIS Amphitheatre, POS, 5:30 pm, 627-7876, 6 Friends Are Long Lasting ‘Fall Out Fête’, premium allinclusive event, La Soledad, Maracas, St Joseph, 6 pm to 12 am, 766-5078, 685-3255, 6-10 ‘3 Canal Show’, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann's, POS, 624-1284, 7 8th Annual Hyatt Regency Trinidad ‘LIME’ All-inclusive event, Hyatt Regency Trinidad 821-6443/6, 4 pm to 1 am, 7 ‘Festival of Bacchanal’, Queen of Bacchannal (QOB), Destra in Concert 7 Tobago Senior Kings / Queens /Individuals Preliminaries & Finals 8 pm, Scotia Bank Junction Scarborough 8 ‘Terrific ThursdayKaisorama’, TUCO Extempo & Categories Final, NAPA, POS, 7 pm, 627-7876, 8 National Panorama Finals Small Conventional Bands, Skinner Park, San Fernando, 7 pm, 623-4486, 8 ‘Tribe Ignight’ 10 pm - 5 am 9 Blue Range Cooler Fête Blue Range, 10 pm - 4 am 4

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Old Time Sailor Mas Photo: Maria Nunes

Tobago Calypso Monarch Carnival Competition 8 pm, Shaw Park Complex, Tobago 9 The International Soca Monarch ‘Fantastic Friday’, Hasley Crawford Stadium, Woodbrook, 9 pm, 298-2003, 286-0192, Re-enactment of ‘Camboulay 9 Riot’, Duke Street, POS, 4 am 10 National Panorama Finals Medium & Large Conventional Bands, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 7 pm, 623-4486, 10 Republic Bank ‘Junior Parade of the Bands’, Kiddies Carnival, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 7 am, 10 Tobago Junior Parade of Bands, 10 am, Scarborough, Tobago 10 National Panaroma Finals, Medium & Large Bands, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS 7 pm, 8

‘Brian Lara All Inclusive Fête’, Chancellor Hill, Queen’s Park West, POS 11 ‘Dimanche Gras’, TUCO National Calypso Monarch Final, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 7 pm, 11 ‘PUMPED’ Ultimate cooler experience, Price Plaza Car Park, 8 pm to 2 am, 681-7873, www. 12 ‘Groovy Soca/ J’ouvert Bomb Steelpan Competitions & Pan Mass’ 4 am, all regions, 623-4486, 12 ‘J’ouvert’, 4:00 am South Quay, POS, Chaguanas, Arima, San Fernando, Scarborough, 12 Carnival Monday, Parade of the Bands, Nationwide, 11 am,, 13 Carnival Tuesday, Parade of the Bands, Nationwide, 7 am,, 11

Pan On The Road, Mas & Las Lap, all regions, 623-4486, 14 Ash Wednesday 15-17 ‘Talk Tent 2018’, Keensdee Productions, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann's, POS, 624-1284, 17 ‘Champs of Steel Plus’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 7 pm, 623-4486, 17 ‘Call to Paradise Pool Party’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Lowlands, Tobago, 4 pm to 11 pm, 660-8500, 17 ‘JAM Nation’ J’ouvert Breakfast Party and “Blue Range” All Inclusive 17 ‘Calypso + Comedy Cooldown 2’, Food & Drinks Inclusive, NAPA, POS, 8 pm, www.randyglasgow 13

Dwight Yorke Island Vibes 2018 Cooler Fête Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Pigeon Point 4 pm - 12 midnight 18- ‘Music Festival 2018’, Mar T&T Music Association, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 18-19 ‘Alternative International Comedy Festival’, Randy Glasgow Productions, 628-9158, www.randyglasgow 24-25 ‘Wahoo Fishing Tournament’, Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC), Chaguaramas, 632-6608, 24-26 ‘Alternative International Comedy Festival’, Randy Glasgow Productions, SAPA, San Fernando, 628-9158, www.randyglasgow 17

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March Leatherback Turtle watching, season begins in Trinidad and Tobago. Ends August 31st 2 Phagwa Celebrations, Aranguez, Tunapuna, Carlsen Field and other venues Mt. St George Methodist 4 Church Harvest 7:30 am, Mt. St. George 11 ‘First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi-Finals 1’, Central Bank Auditorium, POS, 5 pm, 289-1595, FB/The2CentsMovement 17 ‘The 16th Annual Jazz Artists on the Greens’, Farm Road, St Joseph, 620-6920, 5 pm, 18 ‘First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi-Finals 2’, Central Bank Auditorium, POS, 5 pm, 289-1595, FB/The2CentsMovement 23 ‘Sports Awards 2018’, First Citizens Sports Foundation, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 1

‘Beauty & the Beast’, DC Shell Theatre, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 10-14 ‘Marlin Madness Game Fishing Tournament’, Pigeon Point, Tobago, 632-6608, 12-15 ‘Season 2018’, Metamorphosis Dance Theatre Productions, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 17-24 ‘Arabian Nights’, Carvalho Productions, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 23 ‘San Fernando Fashion Week’, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 372-8119 or 722-6059, www.sanfernandofashion Easter Sunday (Public Holiday) 25-29 ‘NGC Bocas Lit Fest’ T&T Easter Monday literary festival, NALIS (Public Holiday) Amphitheatre, Abercromby ‘Tobago Easter Crab and Street, POS, 10 am to Goat Races’, The Integrated midnight, 222-7099, Facility, Buccoo, Tobago, Marilyn Roberts, 709-9084

23-24 ‘We Flippin’, Tots & Tumblers Gymnastics Club, Woodbrook Youth Facility, 684-8954, 25 ‘Palm Sunday Concert’, St Francis of Assisi RC Church Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 29-1 ‘Rumpelstilskin & the April Golden Princess’, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 30 Good Friday (Public Holiday) 30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day (Public Holiday)


April 1 2 3

Inset: Spiritual

Phagwa Baptist Liberation Day Photos: Andrea de Silva


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Excellent Stores Interschool Regatta, 8 am, 333-6976, FB/TTDBF 26 ‘Tobago Fashion Coda’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Lowlands, Tobago, 660-8500, www.magdalena 27-28 ‘Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic Tournament’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Lowlands, Tobago, 660-8500, 27-29 ‘Theatrical Comedy’, First Instinct Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 29 ‘First Citizens National Poetry Slam Finals’, NAPA, POS, 6 pm, 289-1595, TBA ‘Tobago Jazz Experience’, Pigeon Point, 639-2284, www.tobagojazz experience. com ‘Radio 90.5 fm Annual Easter Kite Flying Competition’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 622-0451, 25

Dragon Boat Racing Photo: Christopher Anderson

May ‘The Decibel Entertainment Festival’, Republic Bank Limited Production, Queen’s Hall, St. Ann's, 622-5616, 5 ‘Point Fortin Pan On The Move’, throughout the streets of Point Fortin 11-12 ‘Gymnastics Showcase’, Rhythmika School of Rhythmic Gymnastics Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 12-13 Annual Mother’s Day Orchid Show - Trinidad and Tobago Orchid Society 350-7539, Oasis Garden Terrace, San Fernando, 10 am to 6 pm, 13 Mother’s Day 18-20 ‘2018 Dance Production’, Lilliput Children’s Theatre Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 19-20 ‘Tobago International Sea-to-Sea Marathon’, Lambeau Beach, Tobago, 5K starts: 6:30 am & half and full marathon starts: 5 am, 394-2884, www. 3-6

25-27 ‘Marionettes Concert’, The Marionettes Chorale Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 26 ‘Jazz on the Beach’, Mt Irvine Hotel Beach, Mt Irvine, Tobago, 2 pm to 6 pm, 639-8871, 29 ‘North Coast Jazz’, Blanchisseuse Fishing Village, Blanchisseuse, 628-5835 / 683-9066 30 ‘Sean Daniel in Concert’, Island Christians Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 30 ‘10th Anniversary Salsa Fiesta TnT Party’, Salsa Fiesta TnT Ltd Production, The Cascadia, St. Ann's, 471-5898, 8 pm, 30 Indian Arrival Day (Public Holiday) 31 Corpus Christi (Public Holiday) ‘Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Week 2TFW’, 706-2155,,

June ‘10th Anniversary Salsa Fiesta TnT 2018’, Salsa Fiesta TnT Ltd Production, Queen’s Hall, St. Ann's, 471-5898, 9 am to 3 pm, 1-3 ‘10th Anniversary Salsa Fiesta TnT Party’, Salsa Fiesta TnT Ltd Production, the Cascadia, St. Ann's, 471-5898, 8 pm, 3 ‘QEDTT Concert’, Quite Exquisitely Done Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 9 ‘Kingfish Tournament’, Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC), Chaguaramas, 632-6608, 9-10 ‘2018 Dance Production’, Cascade Festival Ballet Production, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 16-17 Tobago Dragon Boat Festival, Festival Commission, 639-4441 16 ‘2018 Concert’, Coconut Productions, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 1-2

17 Father’s Day 19 Labour Day (Public Holiday) 22-24 ‘Musical Production’, Must Come See Productions, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 29-1 ‘2018 Gospel Concert’, June Renaissance Productions, Queen’s Hall, 1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, POS, 624-1284, 30 Charlotteville Fisherman Festival, Street Parade / Street Party, 12 noon Charlotteville TBA ‘Dining with the Saints’, CIC College Compound, Frederick Street, POS, 624-8468, ‘We Beat Festival’, week long celebration and cultural events, St James, ‘Latin Food Festival’, Santa Cruz, 392-4966 / 388-2114 Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrations (Public Holiday) 652-6061,,

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Laventille Steelband Festival, Parade through the streets ending at Angostura, Eastern Main Road, Laventille, 5 pm 5-8 ‘Trade and Investment Convention (TIC)’, Centre of Excellence, Macoya, 10 am, 675-8862, 7 ‘Junior Angler Fishing Tournament’, Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC), Chaguaramas, 632-6608 7-8 Speyside Fisherman Festival, Street Gathering 12 noon, Speyside, Tobago TBA ‘Trinidad & Tobago Mango Festival’, 222-3721, ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment, hosted at various villages, 639-5016/4441, www.



Emancipation Day (Public Holiday) Emancipation Support Committee of T&T, 628-5008, 1-31 ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment hosted at various villages, 639-5016/4441, www. tobagoheritage festival. com 1-31 ‘Experience T&T 2018’, T&T Incoming Tour Operators Association, tours at various sites and attractions in T&T, 633-1403, www.tour operators 11 ‘Carib Great Race Parade and Boat Roadshow’, parade throughout the streets of POS and East Trinidad, 8 am to 6 pm, 18 ‘Carib Great Race’, race starts at 6 am at Hyatt Regency Trinidad, POS to Scarborough, Tobago, Prize presentation at Esplanade, Scarborough,

‘Pan on d’Avenue VII’, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, 689-6518, 26 Castara Fisherman Fête Street Party, Castara Tobago, 1 pm until 635-1207/ 732-4904 31 Independence Day (Public Holiday) Independence Day Military Parade, National Awards, Fireworks 31 ‘Independence Cup’, Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, 646-2450/1, 31 D Lime Religious Musical Concert, 6 pm, James Park, Tobago Pan Trinbago’s Steelband Month 25

September 18-25 ‘trinidad+tobago film festival 2018’, Movietowne, POS & San Fernando, UWI and Hyatt, 621-0709,

21-22 ‘Drummerville Festival 3’, Worldwide Stage Events, Queen’s Hall, POS, 781-3064, worldwidestageevents@gmail. com 23 ‘San Fernando Fashion Week’ 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 372-8119 / 722-6059, www.sanfernandofashionweek. 24 24

Republic Day (Public Holiday) ‘Republic Day Invaders J’ouvert Jump Up’, Steelband and J’ouvert celebrations around the oval, starts at Roxy roundabout at 4:30 am to 9:30 am, 345-3442 26-30 Tobago International Cycling Classic, Tobago, 680-1214 27 World Tourism Day TBA ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment at various villages throughout Tobago, 639-5016/4441, www. ‘Scotiabank Women Walk Against Breast Cancer 5K’, Lowlands, Tobago, Skinner’s Park, San Fernando & Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 625-3566

Carib Great Race 2017 Winner - Mr. Solo Photo: Marcus Gomez Inset: Tobago Heritage Festival Photo: Trinidad Media Concepts


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October ‘Southex International Expo’, Gulf City, San Fernando, 10am, 653-2908, 16 World Food Day 21-28 National Tourism Week 21 ‘Tobago Blue Food Festival’, 20th Anniversary, Bloody Bay Recreational Grounds, Tobago, 10 am to 7 pm, 639-2125, Oct - ‘NGC SANFEST 2018’, Nov Arts & Entertainment, San Fernando Arts Council, Creative Arts Centre, 97C Circular Road, San Fernando, 222-4612, 657-7665, TBA ‘Tobago Street Fair’, Crown Point, Tobago, 5 pm till, 879-3990, ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment at various villages throughout Tobago, 639-5016/4441, www. ‘Coco Dance Festival’, Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective (COCO), Arts & Entertainment. ‘Calypso History Month’, Opening of the ‘Parang Season’ by the National Parang Association of T&T (NPATT), weekend of Parang & Christmas festivities, various venues, 667-3348 / 746-4466, Silver Stars: ‘Parang and Steel’, Tragarete Road, Woodbrook, POS ‘Pan & Parang’, Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, Woodbrook, POS ‘Fatima Food Fest’, Fatima College, Mucurapo Road, St. James, 7 pm to 11 pm, 628-4735 ‘Santa Rosa First People Heritage Week’, Arima, 664–1897, www. 3-7


Parang Photos: Maria Nunes





Les Coteaux Anglican Church Harvest 3 pm, Les Coteaux 18 Moriah Moravian Church Harvest, 3 pm, Moriah 25 St. Andrews Anglican Church Harvest, 10 am, St. Andrews, 635-2485 25 Mt. Gomery Moravian Church Harvest, 3 pm, Mt. Gomery Oct - ‘NGC SANFEST 2018’, Nov Arts & Entertainment, San Fernando Arts Council, Creative Arts Centre, 97C Circular Road, San Fernando, 222-4612, 657-7665, TBA Annual ‘Pan, Parang & Pork’, Liz Namsoo, Invader’s Steel Orchestra (PRO) 345-3442, Oval, POS ‘Food Fest and Family Day 2018’, Brasso Seco Paria Village Council, 270-5116, 791-0200,

Divali (Diwali) (Public Holiday) National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) 671-6242, 389-8425,,


Assembly Day Assembly Celebrations, THA, Tobago THA Tree Lighting Ceremony Holiday Celebration, 639-2485, 6:30 pm Botanical Gardens, Tobago


Christmas Day (Public Holiday)

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Boxing Day (Public Holiday) Old Year’s/New Year’s Celebrations 31 ‘Barefoot on the Beach 2017’, Mt Irvine Beach Hotel, Mt Irvine, Tobago, 9 pm to 3 am, 639-8871, TBA ‘Annual Paramin Parang Festival’, Paramin Development Committee’s Annual Parang Festival, John Mader Recreational Grounds, Paramin, 7 pm to 2 am, Free shuttle service to Paramin R.C., 689-7524 ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Lowlands, Tobago, 660-8500, www.

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If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday immediately following. If two public holidays fall on the same day, the following day is also a public holiday. Most businesses are closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, even though these days are not public holidays.

Sports Calendar January 4-8

T&T vs Leeward Islands Regional 4 Day (Queen's Park Oval) 6-7 Brechin Castle Golf Open (Brechin Castle) 19-21 Monica Sealy Golf Tournament (Plantations, Tobago) 21 Trinidad International Marathon

February 17-19 Sailing Regatta (Pigeon Point) 16-17 Scarborough Cup Golf (Plantations, Tobago) 17-19 Tobago Annual Kitesurfing Carnival Regatta (Pigeon Point)

March 9-10 Wahoo Fishing Tournament (T&T Yacht Club, Bayshore) 16-19 Trinidad & Tobago Open (St. Andrews, Moka) 18 Dragon Boat Regatta (Chagville, Chaguaramas) 23-24 Southern Games (Guaracara Park) 30 -31 Easter Grand Prix Cycling (Arima Velodrome, Skinner Park & Couva) 30 FA Cup Final (Hasely Crawford Stadium) 31 Easter Guineas (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex)

April 7-8

T&T Open Golf (St Andrews, Trinidad)

7-10 Marlin Madness Fishing Tournament (Pigeon Point, Tobago) 20 NGC T20 Festival Final (Balmain, Couva) 21-22 Sagicor Golf Tournament (St. Andrews, Moka) TBA West Indies v Bangladesh Test Series TBA Visiting Test tour of West Indies (Queen's Park Oval)

22-24 National Athletic Championships (Hasely Crawford Stadium) 30 National Youth Sports Festival (Eddie Hart Grounds, Tacarigua) 30 Charlotteville Fisherman Festival (Tobago)

July 1-2

May 5

Point Fortin Borough Day Annual Dragon Boat Regatta 11-13 Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament 12 Prime Minister's Charity Golf Tournament (St Andrews, Trinidad) 19 Rainbow Cup International Triathlon (Grafton, Tobago) 19- 20 Hampton International Games (Hasely Crawford Stadium) 23 Cotton Tree Foundation Charity Golf Tournament (St. Andrews, Moka) 30 Midsummer Classic (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex)

June 3

Paddle for the Planet Dragon Boat Racing (Chagville, Chaguaramas) 19 -20 Sea to Sea Marathon (Bloody Bay & Scarborough, Tobago) 9-23 National Open Tennis Championships (Eddie Taylor Public Courts) 23 Tobago Dragon Boat Festival (Pigeon Point)

Coral Cup Classic Golf Tournament (Millennium Lakes, Trincity) 8 Point-a-Pierre Corporate Golf Tournament 12-16 Tobago Motor Rally (Grafton) TBA West Indies v Sri Lanka Test & ODI Series


Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket (Queen's Park Oval & BCLA Tarouba) (Various dates, several matches) 9-12 Tobago Open Golf (Magdalena) 12-14 Tarpon Fishing Tournament 25 The Great Race (Port of Spain to Scarborough) 31 Bankers Insurance Half Marathon (Pt. Lisas)

September 1

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier T&T v Honduras (Hasely Crawford Stadium) South Caribbean Open Golf (Plantations Tobago) Trinidad Derby (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex)

Caribbean Premier League Photos: Allan V Crane

16 Maracas Open Water Swim 22-23 UWI Golf Tournament (Millennium, Trincity) 23 UWI Half Marathon 24 Republic Day Cycling Classic (Mandela Park, Trinidad) 24 Republic Day Regatta (Roxborough, Tobago) 29 Scotiabank Women Against Breast Cancer 5K (Queen's Park Savannah) 29 -30 Tobago Tennis Open (Shaw Park)


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Super Ten National Basketball Tournament (through to December) Tour of Tobago UCI Tobago Cycling Classic Cycling on d’ Avenue (Woodbrook, Trinidad) Dragon Boat Festival (Chaguaramas) Store Bay Open Water Swimming Classic (Tobago) National Surfing Championships (Mt. Irvine, Tobago) UWI Half Marathon

November 3

TT ProLeague Cup Final (Hasely Crawford Stadium) 2-4 Bago Beach Football International 24-26 Tobago Open Golf (Plantations)

December TBA Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee Sports Awards

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Harts Carnival Band Photo: Lisa Fernandez/Lifepyx

Crossing the stage at Carnival Photo: John Bryden Inset: Blue Devil Photo: Richard Lyder


he Cure of Carnival

By Sheldon Waithe

Stress: the global epidemic that needs the perfect cure, to reset the mind and body to be able to cope with all that life throws at you. The remedy is not medicinal, it’s 100% natural, just follow the prescription. Take two weeks of T&T Carnival and call us on Ash Wednesday morning.



T&T is good for you in so many ways; it’s reflected in the songs every Carnival season that proclaim we’re the ‘happiest people alive’ or that in the face of adversity ‘we jamming still’. The source is the festival to end all festivals; an extravaganza that builds from the debut of Soca songs on New Year’s Day, to the all out explosion of colour, expression and freedom that is Carnival weekend. It’s a varied treatment, that leaves you wanting more. Begin by being immersed in Port of Spain with fellow ‘limers’ who now have a rhythmic, albeit tired bounce in their step, a bit tired because they’ve been partying since January 1st when the fêtes begin: and they’re so many - cooler fêtes, all inclusives, dressed-up galas, live performances with fireworks and lazers, water spraying fêtes, breakfast fêtes, boat fêtes. Try them all with the notion that on this wellness trajectory, variety is the spice of life ( It’s now time to add comedy and music to the remedial process which means a visit to the Calypso Tents that dot the cityscape ( Within are political, global and local observations, together with the inevitable ‘picong’ (light banter at someone’s expense), or just plain comical performances from calypsonians that ply their trade with rivalry and camaraderie.



The musical medication now moves into the soothing phase, with visits to the steel pan yards for the lead up to the all important Panorama competition ( The senses now relaxed, time for theatre and a history lesson. On Carnival Friday morning the reenactment of the Canboulay Riots of 1880 that take place in downtown Port of Spain is a must. Before that though, some shock treatment. Remaining in the hub of activity in the Capital, macabre characters suddenly appear as Ole Mas' takes hold. Blue Devils and Firebreathers join ten foot tall Moko Jumbies to walk the streets. It continues with the beings from T&T’s forest folklore in Viey La Cou, the La Diablesse and Papa Bois amongst them at the UWI Campus. You’ve had the ‘training’ of the fêtes and their varied hours, now it’s time for the first real stamina test, the International Soca Monarch ( Every major Soca artist vies for the crown; a true dusk ‘till dawn affair and one that forces you to change into high gear. As the Kings and Queens of the Carnival compete, enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours, sequins, feathers meshed onto towering frames at the Dimanche Gras on Sunday night. J’ouvert, the opening of the day, is a treasured Afro-Caribbean tradition of renewal and celebration with bands of revellers covered in mud, cocoa or clay, dancing through the streets until dawn. A few hours later that very morning, the dramatic contrasting glamour of the Parade of Bands begins. The road is yours: dance the stress away and bank more liberation for the year ahead; such is the abundance of revellery for the next 48 hours. In all this, there is a side effect, commonly known as ‘Tabanca’, which affects every masquerader on Ash Wednesday. Thus far there is only one known cure: next year’s Carnival! Tribe Carnival Band, Kiddies Carnival and J’ouvert Photos: RAPSO Imaging, Andrea de Silva and Damian Luk Pat

Midnight Robber This beloved traditional Carnival character, is known for a highly rhetorical "robber talk". The Robber is a cultural mix of gunslingers from spaghetti westerns and eloquent African Griots (storytellers) - so beware - when the whistle blows you must listen!

Photo: Maria Nunes

Hart conceptualised his version of Mas’, based on creativity, fun and an enduring respect for tradition.

Edmond Gerald Hart

meet a Trini


The Hart of Mas’ ​​​By Sheldon Waithe

Fifty-eight years strong, on the road - it takes a powerful foundation to sustain such a legacy in the ever-evolving world that is T&T Carnival. Edmond Hart was that cornerstone. Together with his wife Lil, one of the first female Carnival costume designers, Hart conceptualised his version of Mas’, based on creativity, fun and an enduring respect for tradition. That ethos continues to this day, as their children and grandchildren build upon that first band that Edmond Hart brought to Carnival in 1961. Born in 1923 in St Joseph, Hart grew up in San Fernando. His mother sewed Carnival costumes and a young Edmond happily played Mas’ from the age of nine; by the time the family moved to Port of Spain in the 1950s, he was fully immersed in the band culture, joining the committee of band leader Bobby Ammon. Opportunity came his way when Ammon resigned from his role a mere five weeks before the 1961 Carnival and the committee pushed Hart into leadership. He duly obliged, added his name to the banner and a movement was born. The Customs Broker now brought his strong organisational skills to the fore, including encouraging his wife to spearhead the creative process. From the beginning Lil’s perception and subsequent conceptualisation were based around fun; she was often quoted as listing the masquerader’s enjoyment as one of her priorities. With their marriage also creating the union of sound administration and imaginative themes, the sky was the limit. ‘Edmond Hart’ began to attract people from across the social strata. Reflecting societal change, it became the middle-income option and with numbers swelling, soon they were in the Big Band category.



By 1966 he had won his first Band of the Year title with “Playing Cards” and would go on to take the coveted prize a further four times over the next 22 years (evidence of the band’s staying power). Innovation was a key part of the repertoire. He was responsible for hiring DJs to play on the music trucks, introducing security measures to the band, and adding well- stocked drink carts within the band, the precursor to the massive trucks on the road today. The ‘bikini & beads’ costumes also found their genesis in ‘Edmond Hart’: when they realised that some band members would cut or alter costumes to facilitate comfort, the Harts decided to try a ‘bathsuit Mas’ section, but with uncertainty of the demand; it sold out. Away from the road, he was a keen administrator and visionary, joining with Neville Aming and George Bailey, he liaised with then Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams and formed the Carnival Bandleaders Association. Little wonder that as the nation celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Independence in 2012, Edmond Hart was named one of the 50 Most Influential People of T&T. It was just recognition to match his 1973 Hummingbird Gold Medal for his contribution to the development of Carnival. When he died in September 2017, the Mas’ community was shaken, but Hart and his family have built an enduring cornerstone. Today, Harts is a much-loved band with thousands of masqueraders, managed by his children Gerard, Luis and Aixa and grandchildren. Just like his favourite incarnation, “Flagwavers of Sienna” (1962), the design that made his 176 masqueraders seem like so many more, Edmond Hart has left an everlasting effect upon Carnival at home and throughout the Caribbean.

Harts Carnival Band Photo: Ryan Jagessar/Carnival Central

The Art of

Stick-fighting “I was born as a warrior, my father was a stick-fighter, so I is not no pushover, now I fighting back.” “Buss Head” Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin By Paul Hadden

Photo: Maria Nunes

Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is a dynamic, ever-evolving affair. Yet there are some aspects of the celebration which have remained true to the original rebellious spirit of festival. Stickfighting, an ancient martial art originally brought to these shores by Africans, is one such form of expression which links Carnival’s care-free modern incarnation to its roots in the tumultuous days of slavery. A symbol of ancient strength and resilience, the art of stick-fighting has overcome all historical attempts at suppression and is now an integral part of the yearly Carnival celebrations. Stick-fighting, also known as kalenda, is a highly ritualised fight that takes place in a gayelle, or ring, to the pulsating beat of drums and chants, often sung in French Patois. The singing is led by a chantuelle who alternates between encouraging and mocking the fighters. The warriors enter the ring with nothing but a long piece of wood, called a bois, and no padding but



their clothes. The goal of a stick-fight is simple: be the first to draw blood from your opponent. It is a ritual which evokes the struggle of the ancestors, for in the ring the bois-men still move and fight to the ancient rhythms of drums. Stick fighting has been described by many as a form of ritualised violence. But it is as much a dance as it is a fight; the gayelle where art and warfare combine. Stick-fighting reminds us that the origins of Carnival date back to a time of conflict, subjugation, and, most importantly, resistance. These days, the National Carnival Commission hosts an organised kalenda competition as part of the Carnival celebrations. These fights are open to the public and tickets are normally available at Lotto outlets throughout the country. Those interested in learning more about the art form can also check out the documentary ‘No Bois Man No Fraid’ available at Paper Based Bookshop at the Normandie Hotel, St Ann’s.


Festivities All Year By Paul Hadden

These islands are home to a diverse array of musical styles and instruments, but it is the mighty steelpan which still lies at the heart of the Trinidadian and Tobagonian musical landscape. Aside from the annual Panorama competition which takes place at the height of the Carnival season, there are several events that pan aficionados enjoy throughout the year. Pan Trinbago’s Steelband Month Every August, Pan Trinbago hosts a month long celebration of all things pan. Though the itinerary is constantly evolving, with new events being added every year, patrons can expect to be treated to a host of concerts, exhibitions, competitions, and seminars. Great news for all those who aren’t lucky enough to be in the country for the Carnival season!

Pan on D’Avenue Originally launched in 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Woodbrook community, Pan on D’Avenue is one of the most highly anticipated events for ‘Steelband Month’. For this event, Ariapita Avenue, a hotspot for ‘liming’ and dining throughout the year, is traffic-free and transformed into a parade route for local steelpan bands. There is no charge to attend the event, and spectators are free to roam the avenue, dancing next to which ever panside catches their attention. Spectators can also look forward to stilt-walking Moko Jumbies, whip cracking Jab-Jab devils, and a host of other traditional Carnival characters.

Pan in the Countryside Another popular event for Steelband month, Pan in the Countryside offers free performances from several prominent steelband groups that travel throughout villages across the twin islands. As with any entertaining event, these concerts normally have lots of food stalls.

Pan Yards Even if you might not be here for the actual Panorama competition, the months and weeks leading up to the event are still a wonderful time to get a taste of pan. As the various bands prepare for the competition, the pan yards, where they practise late into the night, are open to the public. So bring a chair, a cooler full of cold drinks, and prepare to witness the creation and perfection of a steelpan symphony. Check out for more information on steelpan events hosted throughout the year.

Photos: Maria Nunes




ulticultural Festivals

By Anna Walcott-Hardy



There are few places in the world where you can dance to tassa drums at midnight, watch moons kiss, paint your friends in purple and pink or light your way with flambeaux as you walk through the city. Life in the festival islands of Trinidad and Tobago is always unmatched; not many places in the world can boast of having so many people of different faiths, ethnicities and cultures come together to remember the past and celebrate a promising future.

Divali Celebrations Inset: Ganesh Utsav Photos: Edison Boodoosingh

HINDU FESTIVALS Phagwa This colourful spring festival, also associated with fertility, is rooted in a tragic religious history. Phagwa marks the death of a king, Hiranyakashipu, who although blessed by Brahma, used his powers for evil instead of good. He would ultimately be destroyed by an avatar of Lord Vishnu. On fields and playgrounds throughout Trinidad, celebrants drench each other in “abeer�, a brightly coloured blue, pink and purple liquid and sing chowtals in remembrance.

Ganga Dashahara Originally celebrated along the banks of the Ganga (Ganges) River in India, in Trinidad worshippers meet at the Marianne River in Blanchisseuse, Arima. After fasting for several weeks before the day in readiness for the puja, worshippers then dress in yellow, a symbolic colour of purity, and walk along the river to the headwaters, carrying offerings of buttercups, milk and fruit, stopping intermittently to perform pujas along the way.



Divali (Diwali) This Hindu festival of light held in the month of Kartik, welcomes the end of the harvest season and usually takes place in October or November. Across the country deyas (small clay lamps) are placed on walls and paths and along elegant bamboo arches in parks and fields. On the day, Hindus honour the goddess Lakshmi with a puja (ceremony) at 6pm when the first deya is lit. After fasting for up to a month before the celebration, homes are cleaned in preparation for the entrance and blessings of Lakshmi. On the day, a special feast is prepared and shared with neighbours.


Obatala Photo: Maria Nunes Inset: Hosay Photo: Andrea de Silva

For ten nights the epic story of the battle of good over evil is brought to life. The story of Ramleela, from the Hindu Holy book, the Ramayana, is enacted by elaborately costumed boys and girls in villages across the country. On the first Friday in the month of Ashwin, during the period known as Nowrataam, this dramatic performance is hosted by over 35 groups across the country.


One of the largest religious groups in Trinidad and Tobago are Christians, including Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians among many others.

Photo: Edison Boodoosingh



Make sure to travel to either St James in the north, Tunapuna in the east or Cedros in the south of the island to witness the Muslim festival of Hosay which takes place over three nights. In remembrance of the murdered grandsons of the prophet Muhammed – Hassan and Hosein, on the first night, Flag Night, towering, colourful flags (symbols of war) are waved by celebrants as they dance through the streets to the booming sounds of Tassa drums. The second night features the mosaics of the Small Tadjah, as devotees push the intricately decorated replicas of mausoleums through the town. Then on Big Tadjah night, the larger more grandiose designs are also on display; followed by the culmination of the event with the dancing of the green and blue crescent moons, each carried by performers that dance and briefly “kiss” before moving apart. The following afternoon the Tadjahs are taken to the seaside and set afloat, a final farewell.

In 2017 a oneoff holiday in honour of the First Peoples took place in October in Trinidad and Tobago. Representatives from the diaspora including Guyana, Suriname, Belize and Dominica came to celebrate and network with local groups.

Photo: Maria Nunes

Eid Ul Adha

First People Heritage celebrations

On this day Muslims across the country honour the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim, also known as Father Abraham to Christians, who was willing to sacrifice his first born son Isaac in submission to the will of his God. Ultimately, he was told to forego this and instead offer a ram for sacrifice. In commemoration, Muslims sacrifice animals such as sheep and goats and share the prepared meal with friends, family and the less fortunate.

Last year the celebration of the indigenous people who inhabited these islands, long before the arrival of Columbus in 1498, was celebrated nationally with a holiday. The Santa Rosa First Peoples Community in Arima (known as the place of water), where battles of rĂŠsistance against the cruelty and enslavement of the indigenous people by the colonists were fought, is also home to many descendants. The statue of the noble Hyarima stands at the entrance to the city and there, as well as in Port of Spain, many ceremonies took place in recognition of the profound contribution of the indegenous people to national development.

Ramadan & Eid Ul Fitr After a month of self-sacrifice and fasting from dusk to dawn, as well as prayer and charitable donations during the Holy month of Ramadan which usually begins in May, the close is celebrated when the moon is sighted. During this time of Eid Ul Fitr, Muslims enjoy a feast with friends and family, prepare and share sweets as well as give alms to the poor.

MULTI-CULTURAL La Divina Pastora/Sopari Mai In the Roman Catholic Church of La Divina Pastora in Siparia sits the holy shepherdess, also known as Sopari Mai, Supari Mai, the mother of Siparia or the Black Madonna. She is recognised by Christians as a representation of the Virgin Mary, by Hindus as a manifestation of Mother Durga or Lakshmi as well as celebrated by the Orisha and indigenous peoples, among others. On Holy Thursday and Friday large queues are formed by those waiting patiently to pray in the presence of the elaborately dressed, revered statue, seated on the altar. Some bring offerings of jewellery, money, flowers and olive oil. A few weeks later, pilgrims walk through the streets of Siparia to celebrate the feast of La Divina Pastora, reciting the rosary and singing Marian hymns.

Christian Holidays One of the largest religious groups in Trinidad and Tobago are Christians, including Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians among many others. Annually, there are several key celebrations including: Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday, as well as Corpus Christi. Many worship at the churches across the country and others process through the streets. On Christmas Eve, midnight mass is a popular tradition, where families attend church together and then return home to open presents that morning or later in the day. In December, in many villages including Petit Valley, Paramin and Santa Cruz, the tradition of Parang is popular. To celebrate the season, songs of celebration are sung in a Spanish patois and paranderos move from home to home to serenade their neighbours, with a small band of singers and musicians armed with Quatro (small guitar) and shack-shack. They are in turn invited to share the family’s Christmas fare - drinks of sorrel, rum and ginger beer as well as tasty dishes of garlic pork, pastelles and ham, all in the Christmas spirit of sharing.



Emancipation Celebrations By Paul Hadden

The Caribbean islands, though stunningly beautiful and rich with culture, are home to a brutal history of colonization, exploitation, and unimaginable suffering which was caused by the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This dark period officially came to an end in 1834, after nearly three centuries of forced labour. Just over a century and half after the abolition of slavery, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a public holiday to commemorate the emancipation of the slaves. This is an important day in the cultural calendar of the island which not only celebrates the end of slavery here in T&T, but across all of the former colonies with a sense of remembrance, as well as one of celebration of the spirit of rejuvenation, resilience and prosperity. The annual Emancipation celebrations include many different activities, exhibitions, concerts, and shows, all leading up to the dynamic Canboulay street procession which takes place on the holiday, August 1st. The week before the holiday, an Emancipation Village is set up in the heart of the Queen’s Park Savannah. The village is created to host both a stage used for cultural performances, as well as a shopping centre to celebrate traditional art, jewelry, fashion, and food. The activities vary from year to year, but often include cultural workshops teaching various art forms such as stilt-walking, storytelling and drumming. On the day of the holiday, thousands of participants gather on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain, many wearing traditional African clothing, ready to join the Canboulay street parade. Towering Moko Jumbie stilt-walkers, dance groups, drummers, and steelband parade through the streets of Port of Spain and join a flambeaux procession in honour of the many historic slave rebellions.

Photo: Andrea de Silva

Photo: Maria Nunes



Odun Egungun By Paul Hadden

The Orisha faith, a religion deeply rooted in ancient West African culture, is one which managed to survive the turbulent and corrosive laws of colonialism, and is still practised in the islands today. After resisting fierce attempts at suppression, Orisha saw a fresh revival with the influx of free blacks brought from West Africa to work as indentured labourers on the plantations after the abolition of slavery. The faith is one of many colourful strands in this multi-cultural tapestry out of which this country’s culture is woven, and, like the many other faiths practised on the islands, it has had a deep impact on the music, culture, and Carnival tradition. Its rites and rituals play an integral part in the religious heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. In the Orisha faith, there exists many rites which serve to honour the memory of the ancestors, and ensure that they continue to bless, guide, and protect the living. One of the most spectacular of Orisha festivities is the Odun Egungun, or Egungun masqueraders, where the ancestors are believed to be brought to life in the form of costumed masqueraders who, it is believed, temporarily possess the spirits of the ancestors. The Egungun ceremony begins with private religious rituals where food is offered to the ancestors, and praises, known as Oriki, are sung in both English and Yoruba to honour their memory. These rites are sacred and are not for public viewing, but the preceeding procession of the Egungun through the streets can be witnessed by all. The masked Egungun walk throughout the community, to the rhythm of drums, blessing all in sight and clearing the area of all negativity. Photos: Maria Nunes



Photo: Laura Ferreira Studios



8 1 0 2 g n i p p o Sh

By Roslyn Carrington

Vacationing in Trinidad… so much to see, so much to do. Sightseeing — check. Sampling great food — check. Shopping — check, check, and oh yes, check! Trinis love a good mall crawl; it’s almost as though the term “shop ‘till you drop” was coined just for us. Sometimes, when you get home, a dream vacation feels like just that; a dream. Prove to yourself — and to everyone else — that you were actually right here in paradise by taking something back with you that will make you smile.


The best thing about mall shopping is how effortlessly it merges so well into other great ways to fill your time. Take in a movie, meet for drinks, enjoy a concert by local artists, or just sit, sip a latté, and watch the rush and bustle pass you by. Movietowne C3 Centre Excellent Stores

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In our malls you can find the best international brands in clothing, shoes, handbags and hats. Indulge in an on-the-spot makeover by a make-up artist, find your signature scent, or have a trained stylist help you change your look. Not only will you find international brands, but you’ll also discover home-grown designers who bring a touch of Caribbean creativity to every piece. Jewellery makes for perfect vacation shopping; gorgeous, personal, timeless, yet light and easy to pack. Try to visit a local jeweller’s studio, or keep an eye open in larger stores for their displays. What about something that will grace your home for years to come? You can select ornaments in crystal or bone china or go for locally fired pottery, leathercraft, or even paintings, all of which are available in malls or art studios. If you think bigger is better, you can have larger items, including furniture, shipped back home. We are gadget-mad, so electronics stores abound. Get expert advice on the latest generations of tablets and cellular phones, or have repairs done quickly and efficiently. If you’re able to Sometimes the smallest do a little cooking memento is the most while you’re here, our treasured. Select a pendant, trinket, or Pandora bead that perfectly symbolises your visit. Dreamstones

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supermarkets offer a selection that won’t leave you wanting; the best cuts of meat, fresh produce, and all the fixin’s you desire. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine; there are folks on hand at specialty stores who can advise you on pairings. Of course, shopping in Trinidad doesn’t end with the glitter and glam of the malls. Our teeming city streets are alive with bargains. Nip into little nooks and rummage through shelves weighed down by wonders. If sewing is your thing, you can buy lengths of fabric. Why not visit a little bookstore and pick up a novel by a local author for poolside reading? Just be careful not to wander too far off the beaten path. Street vendors offer almost anything for sale, from clothes to homemade sweets to Chinese preserves. Artisans sell leather sandals and beaded bracelets, while produce vendors will insist you try their fresh fruit or vegetables. It’s a swirling carnival of the senses… and you’re at the centre of it all. So, if shopping’s at the heart of your travel itinerary, shop on!

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Home Décor The home lies at the heart of our selfexpression, and we love filling it with eclectic treasures that speak volumes about us. Pick up a beautiful piece for your home, so that a part of us will be with you always. Fens Furniture Homestore Maraval Fens Furniture Land South and Central Mi Casa Signature Selection Ashley Furniture Store

Fashion “Cutting style”: a Trini expression meaning to look and feel fabulous. Add it to your vocabulary as you add something memorable to your wardrobe. Shoes and More Birkenstock ecliff elie Ray Cool


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Food Pick up a cookbook on local cuisine, gather up a basket of ingredients, and then try your own “sweet hand”. Malabar Farms Gourmet Shop RIK

Vintage Wines Honeymoon, birthday, dream getaway or just because. So many reasons to propose a toast, and so many wines to choose from. Red, white, rosé, or champagne — how will you celebrate today? Uncorked Wines and Spirits Limited Fernandes Fine Wines Vintage Dufry

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Malls Unlimited North, South, East, West, Central… when it comes to shopping in Trinidad, cardinal points don’t matter, as you’ll find top-of-the-line malls and shopping centres at all of them. Conveniently for everyone, most malls also have large supermarkets, banks, gyms, medical and other services onsite. The western peninsula is home to some of the largest and most established shopping centres. The Falls at Westmall has over 100 stores, and MovieTowne is more than a multiplex cinema; you can enjoy shopping and fine dining, live entertainment at their Fiesta Plaza on weekends, and a children’s playpark. Still in the West, you can visit the Long Circular Mall, the Grande Dame of Trinidad shopping centres, with floor upon floor of everything you desire. If it’s a sunny day and you feel like doing your shopping en plein air, you can choose between Starlite Shopping Plaza in Diego Martin or Ellerslie Plaza in Maraval. Keep an eye out for Excellent Stores’ six locations; Excellent Stores is the largest department store in T&T, offering a wide selection of home décor, small appliances, fitness products, convenience items, toys, souvenirs, and more. Shop at any of their 6 locations throughout the country or online at Heading east, your first big stop is The City of Grand Bazaar: acres of open air shopping with an exotic, Middle Eastern theme. A stone’s throw away is the Valpark Shopping Plaza, and just a few kilometres further east, Trincity Mall, arguably the largest mall in the English-speaking Caribbean. South-bound, stop off in Central at MovieTowne located at Price Plaza, Chaguanas, or visit the two newest outdoor shopping malls, Heartland Plaza and Xtra Plaza situated nearby, as well as Centre Point Mall and the Mid Centre Mall. Round off your journey at Gulf City in La Romaine and Pennywise Complex, or the country’s newest arrivals, the C3 Centre and Southpark, off the Solomon Hochoy highway. The biggest problem with mall shopping in Trinidad isn’t “Are there any,” but “However are you going to hit them all?”


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C3 Centre C3 Centre, “C3” is Trinidad & Tobago’s newest world-class shopping and entertainment destination. With over 650,000 square feet, it is one of the largest malls in the region, owned and developed by Corinthia Development Limited. Designed to be a complete family experience, C3 has the widest offering of shopping, health, entertainment, dining and conference options that is unrivalled; all in one convenient location along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway in Corinth, San Fernando. C3 is built in a unique architectural style that is both ultra-modern and multi-faceted to incorporate all our offerings. The beautiful architecture is very noticeable with its high ceilings, multiple skylights and a mixture of both indoor shopping and Courtyard ambience. Locally designed and constructed, C3 stands proud on the undulating hills of the former Corinth Sugar Estate and is a bold statement in the community that was the birthplace of one of the country’s most famous painters, Michel-Jean Cazabon, who was born on the estate over two hundred years ago. With the largest supermarket in the Caribbean, JTA Supermarkets offer the widest variety at the best prices. Kids & the kid at heart can be entertained at Chuck E Cheese’s or visit New York at Movietowne; with 9 screens inclusive of their VIP theatre, an out of this world movie experience. Enjoy entertainment events in the Courtyard, from live bands, magic shows & many more! C3 is the home of Central Athletics Club. This state-of-the-art facility is open 24 hours and includes daycare services. Fitness exercises

range from Zumba, Cross Fit, Aerobics, and for all those adventurous and daring, they have the tallest rock climbing wall in the region. Shopping is definitely not an afterthought, C3 has over 120 stores ranging from national chains including Excellent Stores, The Home Store, Blaanix, Jebelle, Wonderful World, Sacha Cosmetics and Micles, to international franchises including Aldo, Skechers, Häagen Dazs, Dairy Queen, Little Caesars and Burger King. Relax and dine at any one of the many restaurants such as Rizzoni’s, Ruby Tuesdays, La Cantina and 519 Bar or visit the food court with the widest variety of cuisine. Convenient parking is a must and with two levels of underground parking giving direct access into the mall, it is very convenient and accessible. C3 has brought shopping and entertainment into a unique and refreshing light and is opened every day, including public holidays. C3 is a safe, fun and exciting destination where every member of the family will enjoy a rewarding and pleasurable experience. Come and experience the only place to be, C3!


Great Food and Drink, with Fabulous Bargains By Roslyn Carrington

Farmer and artisan markets have become quite the place to be on the weekends. Some markets open weekly, some monthly, some annually, but what they all have in common is the 'lime'. Because it’s not only about the shopping, it’s about the experience: the food, the music, the vibe. Friends gather at places like the Green Market or UpMarket to sit back and enjoy fresh-pressed juices, handground local coffee and chat. And trust us, the eating’s good! Vendors are generous with their samples, so you can make up your mind at leisure. Go stall to stall and mix 'n match a three-course gourmet meal with soup or salad, for starters; there are entrées ranging from Caribbean to Arabic to Latin American to Italian cuisine; and follow that up with a dessert of pastry, homechurned ice cream or artisan chocolate from local estates. Ever tried wine made from cashew fruit, pomerac or pommecythère? You won’t regret taking home a bottle or two. Look out for pastel-coloured macaroons or meticulously hand-decorated cookies that are almost too cute to eat. Browse among the tables for handmade treasures like jewellery, clothing, or leathercraft, paintings, batik, stained glass… wood carvings, silverware, beaten brass… children’s toys, toiletries, local CDs. Some markets, like the Green Market, host mini-lectures on a range of topics from home gardening to recycling. If you’re lucky you can catch demos on anything from potterymaking to cocoa-dancing. You may also find charities, such as foundations for children or cancer survivors, selling unique items to raise funds, so you have the chance to expand your mind and gladden your heart. Markets abound throughout the year, so chances are one will be open while you’re here. Check Facebook pages, websites or the press for more details.

UPMARKET — Once a month (more often closer to Christmas) at the Woodbrook Youth Centre or Trinidad Country Club. Tel: 703-2169 • Email:

THE SAN ANTONIO GREEN MARKET — Every Saturday and Sunday, Saddle Road, Santa Cruz. Tel: (868) 221-9116 • Email:

NAMDEVCO FARMERS’ MARKETS — Alternate weekends at the Queen’s Park Savannah, and weekly at Point Fortin, Debe, Chaguanas, Macoya and Diego Martin. Tel: 645-9073 • Email:

UPICK TT (THE FARMACY) — Chaguaramas. You can pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables, but remember to get the relevant approvals if you want to transport plants abroad. Thursday to Sunday. Tel: 271-2681 • Email:

THE MONTHLY ARTS MARKET — Jerningham Avenue, Belmont, Port of Spain

THE EASTERN MARKET – JFK Auditorium, UWI, St. Augustine, Tel: 726-2096 • Email:

THE SOUTH MARKET — Monthly at Naparima College, San Fernando. Tel: 733-3772 • Email:

BITS AND PIECES FOR CHRISTMAS — An annual event, first Saturday in November. Tel: 681-8418 • Email:

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO MANGO FESTIVAL — A celebration of all things mango! Annually every June/July. Tel: 683-4251 • Email:

The Green Market and Ajoupa Pottery Photos: Christopher Anderson and Sarah Carter


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Heavenly delights at the Mango Festival By Roslyn Carrington

There’s an old folk song that goes, “I want a penny to buy mango vert, mango teen/ Gimme a penny to buy mango vert, mango teen… Savez-vous all for me!” And why not? If there’s a tropical fruit more tempting, more decadent, more delectable than the mango, we haven’t come across it yet. And with over 400 varieties of mango, any discussion about which is the best can end in heated debate. The Network of Rural Women Producers of Trinidad and Tobago works closely with small and micro-enterprises owned or managed by women, to empower and advance professional development. Each year, these ladies host the Mango Festival, an event as inviting as it sounds. For mango lovers, it’s a treat for the senses, an intimate setting with a country-market feel where browsing is welcome, and sampling encouraged. If your tastes run to the savoury, you can enjoy peppery mango chows, chutneys and preserves. If sugar is your “jumbie”, you’re in luck! You may find mango smoothies, ice cream, liqueurs and jams. Look out for mango leather, a sweet, chewy treat made from mango purée that looks like jerky and tastes like heaven. The versatile mango, with its rich, creamy texture, is an ideal addition to beauty products. Here you can buy softly scented mango soaps, lip balms and body butters. There are mango seedlings on sale, but if you’d like to try growing one, ensure you find out the key requirements of the plant from the protection organisation in your country. Call the T&T Plant Quarantine Department at (868) 625-3266 or the 24-hour-service at Piarco International Airport on (868) 669-4860, or Crown Point at (868) 639-0634 or (868) 639-5582, for assistance with certification. Best of all, there are bushels of mangoes to take home and eat on the spot. And don’t be shy; peel them with your teeth and enjoy, like Trinis do!

The Mango Festival takes place in June/July in San Fernando

Leaning Towards The Light

The Trinidad & Tobago Art Society celebrates 75 years

By Anna Walcott-Hardy

To truly appreciate Trinidad and Tobago is to spend a few minutes or hours admiring the contemporary art of the twin islands, the world certainly has - one of the oldest Society’s in the Caribbean is a good place to start. The Trinidad and Tobago Art Society began with a select group of revolutionary painters and writers. It was an era when Caribbean people were looking towards independence, beyond the boundary of colonialism towards creating a genuine, probing aesthetic. Amy Leong Pang, Hugh Stollmeyer and Sybil Atteck among others, were known as the Society of Trinidad Independents - these were the pioneers of the movement. According to the society’s website, they admired the works of Gauguin, Modigliani and had a growing fascination with African art. “Their metaphysical leanings found a ready response in Shango – Baptist beliefs with strong echoes of Orisha in Benin. The group ran afoul of a fundamentalist press whose vitriolic attacks were partially responsible for the disintegration of the body (after nine years) in 1938. Their pioneering visual work, however, was to have a profound influence on the development of art in Trinidad and Tobago...This led to the establishment of the Trinidad Art Society in 1943, through the persistence of Sybil Atteck, a biological draughtsman and watercolourist who later studied under the German expressionist Max Beckman... Within a decade their emergence as a formal organisation began to bear fruit. Patronised by the British Council which for some twenty years provided free studios, lecturers, books and scholarships, the society maintained an ambitious programme of classes and critiques.” “Today, we are a society that’s an umbrella organisation for all art forms and our members get exposure by being part of the group exhibition held twice a year,” explained Acting President (2017) Ronald Ramkissoon. The non-profit institution in Federation Park, Port of Spain, also hosts seminars and workshops for artists of varying proficiencies including courses for beginners, intermediates and

advanced level and its 200-plus members get an opportunity to exhibit work in the group shows at the gallery. Among its many venerated teachers at the art society, who also trained with Atteck and Leong Pang, was the unassuming Carlisle Chang. Born in San Juan in 1921, he was a highly respected Carnival designer, sculptor and fine artist who died in 2001. An extraordinary painter in oils, mixed media and watercolour, who was influenced by cubism as well as local folk art and Amerindian iconography, he always underscored how important being raised in a multi-ethnic society was to his imagery and development of his unique style. Over a 60 year span he also designed the national flag and created several prophetic murals including the now lost, ‘Inherent Nobility of Man’, which Geoffrey MacLean described as “possibly the most important work of art in the Caribbean.” Peter Minshall in an interview with Nicholas Laughlin in Caribbean Beat magazine, explained eloquently that Chang “was among the first to understand that this place is an incredible laboratory of the New World, an orchid house where incredible hybrids need to be nurtured”. Last year there were several historic restrospectives from these New World artists, including the final exhibition by Harry Bryden. At 87, Bryden’s ‘A Journey Though The Past’ featured watercolour and oil paintings from the family’s private collections as well as limited edition prints. Another much-anticipated exhibition was ‘The Light In Paint’, featuring the works of master watercolourist, Jackie Hinkson, also held at the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society. The show was an insightful, sober rendering of plein-air painting that captured the history and looked towards the future of Trinidad and Tobago. “What I know for sure is that art has played a significant role in all societies in the history of man,” Above: Tassa & Hosay II by Sundiata Right: Immortelle, Bend In The Road by Harold Bryden


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St. Mary’s Estate by Jackie Hinkson

Hinkson stated recently about the integral importance of the arts to the development of civilization. And yet Hinkson is just one of the myriad of consequential artists who have helped develop the arts, and in turn, The Trinidad and Tobago Art Society. Many philosophers agree that the true innovators in the arts and sciences come from the periphery and often influence the centre or metropolis. In Trinidad and Tobago, artists from M.P. Alladin, Edward Bowen, Isaiah James Boodhoo, Chris Cozier to Michel-Jean Cazabon, Carlisle Chang, Embah, Lisa O’Connor, Sundiata and Peter Minshall among others, have been inspired by the complex socio-political culture and landscape. Others have come here to be inspired; in 2017, world renowned painter, Peter Doig’s show in New York featured several iconic images of Trinidad and as did the London show by Chris Ofili, the Turner award-winning artist. Doig spent many years of his childhood here and has spoken often of being inspired by the work of the late painter/sculptor Embah. For many, a Hinkson watercolour is of equal proficiency to that of a John Cotman or Winslow Homer, it’s just that the world has not made this discovery as yet. So go exploring, find those hidden treasures in the art of Trinidad and Tobago. If you want to truly understand the islands then view the works of these artists in the galleries and on the streets. Hopefully, the Society will expand into having a national gallery with a permanent collection that promotes the profound talent of the country.


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Art 6 Gallery Art6 is an intersection between artist and collectors; Fostering a belief that everyone should be able to afford, collect, learn, and live with art. We are happy to guide artists looking to host their exhibitions. This opportunity allows for gallery rentals, no commission added, free curation, and assistance in building the artist’s social media presence. Head over to our website, Facebook and Instagram for updates on our exhibitions.

Tel: (868) 220-ART6 / 491-1902 Scott Street, St. Clair, Port-of-Spain. Email: |

On Location Art Galleries • Exhibitions • Original Art • Prints • Framing • Art design • Consulting • Valuations • Printing Services. We harness over 30 years of experience in Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and Trinidad to provide premium picture framing, local art works and prints to Trinidad and Tobago. We have a wide variety of artwork by both established and top emerging artists. Two convenient locations; give us a call or come in today! Tel (868) 622-3403 Address 42 De Verteuil St, Woodbrook Tel (868) 633-3404 Address Unit #205, The Falls at West Mall Email Facebook

Chi Studio Blending a variety of techniques and creative styles, our intimate two level gallery space offers collectors a wealth of stimulating and valuable art, including paintings, sculptures and wearable finds. CHI STUDIO is also a creative space available to anyone wishing to exhibit, examine, develop, shape, and teach ideas or skills. Here, we reinforce the truth that art changes and challenges the minds of people.

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Photos: Andrea de Silva


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By Roslyn Carrington

Yoga & the Great Outdoors In Trinidad we have an expression — “Are you here for your health?” — that’s jokingly asked of someone just lounging around, eating great food and relaxing, without a care in the world. Well, we’re willing to bet that you are here for your health, and the good news is that there are so many options for you to choose from that you’ll surely be glowing when you return home. Many gyms offer special discounted membership for short stays, and apart from weight stations you’ll also find classes such as spin, aerobics boot camps, and our home-grown Soca-fit workouts. If you’re looking for guidance and support, the I’M Wellness Centre on Long Circular Road is a great place to start. If you’re into martial arts, there are several dojos around the country. Strengthen your body with open-water swimming or a few laps around the pool, or sneaker-up and go for a run around our many parks and savannahs. The Queen’s Park Savannah is a popular 3.7km circuit, and nearby Chancellor Hill, overlooking the Emperor Valley Zoo, is a challenge.


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Trail walking is another healthy option, and you can fall into step with many hiking clubs online. Most hikes culminate in lots of splash-time at a waterfall, river, or beach, although never go hiking alone. Always travel with a reputable, certified hiking group. Another healthy option is yoga, in a class or solo. If your timing is right you can even celebrate International Day of Yoga with us in late June, with a group session at dawn at the Chaguaramas Boardwalk . Yoga is rewarding because it’s so individualistic; almost every pose, or asana, has variations to suit different levels of strength and flexibility. Yoga isn’t about trying to tie yourself into knots… although it’s cool if you can. It’s about self-exploration, relaxation, and gently pushing back your own limits. Most of all, it’s about immersing yourself in the moment, connecting to your breath, and fully experiencing the now in this place of beauty and peace. Namaste.

Health & Beauty Oils By Roslyn Carrington Many will attest to the therapeutic benefits of a massage, from decreasing anxiety to headache relief and overcoming insomnia. Zahra Duncombe of Spa Essencia, located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, says that most clients visiting the spa seek these immediate benefits. A good massage can reduce stress and in some cases help to relieve the pain of sports injuries. Duncombe added that the therapist giving the massage also reaps the physical and emotional rewards of having helped heal someone. It’s the yin and yang of health care. Most spas in Trinidad offer a range of packages depending on your budget, specific needs, and how much time you have to spend. You can pop-in for a 15-minute back-rub, an express half hour, or a luxurious therapeutic hour-and-a-half of pampering. Of course, any good massage is enhanced by a highquality oil, to help hands glide as they warm and soothe. With its rich history and well-documented therapeutic properties, coconut oil is always a popular choice. Its use hails back to the local tradition of jharay, an ancient Indian healing massage still practised in local villages. Other beneficial oils include sweet almond and olive. The natural benefits of these carrier oils are enhanced with the addition of essential oils, whether commonplace or esoteric, which transform the simplest treatment into a transcendental experience. Essential oil blends, Duncombe says, can be tailored to a client’s needs, be they physical or emotional. For example, lavender has become one of the world’s most popular essential oils for its ability to soothe and calm. Rosemary, on the other hand, makes its presence felt. It’s robust and invigorating, and, along with compatible oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint, is often used by those seeking relief from nasal and chest congestion. Citrus oils wake us up; while frankincense, sandalwood and chamomile bring calm and emotional balance; and ylangylang, jasmine and rose are more sensual. So many choices. A professional massage will always be easily available, affordable, an instantly rewarding opportunity for self-care. So, while you’re here take time to relax.

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d a d i n i r of T

By Bavina Sookdeo

The spectacular view from the air before landing at the Piarco International Airport gives you just a taste of some of the incredible sights waiting to be explored. If you missed the view, then be sure to take a trek to the Mount St Benedict Monastery which is more than 100 years old and sits at 660 feet above sea level. A visit to The Asa Wright Nature Centre, nestled in a forested valley, will also give you a chance to see many species of birds, mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. (

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Caroni Bird Sanctuary Photo: Devan Mulchansingh Inset: Gasparee Caves Photo: Stephen Broadbridge

And if you enjoy history, a visit to The Amerindian Museum, Cleaver Woods, on the Eastern Main Road is recommended. On October 13th 2017, for the first time, the heritage and contributions of the First Peoples of T&T was celebrated with a public holiday.

Port of Spain Want more? The country’s capital, Port-of-Spain, is a mustsee, but you should put aside an entire day to explore. Take a trip to The National Museum & Art Gallery which dates back to 1892. The art galleries exhibit century-old works, over 10,000 pieces including paintings by master artists: MichelJean Cazabon, Boscoe Holder, Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson and Peter Minshall. Woodford Square should be your next stop in Port-ofSpain. A popular landmark (sometimes referred to as the University of Woodford Square) it’s at this small park that the nation’s first Prime Minister, Dr Eric Williams, spoke of his dreams of independence for the then British colony. Many historical and modern buildings are located around the Square including: the Hall of Justice, Trinity Cathedral, City Hall and the Red House.

A quick walk north and you will enjoy the cool breezes of our lush central park, the ‘world’s largest roundabout’. The Queen’s Park Savannah is approximately 3.7km and 260 acres of flowering Poui and Immortelle trees bordering landscaped fields where many Trinidadians play games of football, rugby and cricket. You may relax on a bench, munch on a delicious snow-cone or drink a cold coconut water and take-in the view of the Magnificent Seven that includes Queen’s Royal College (QRC), Roomor, Hayes Court, Mille Fleurs, the Roman Catholic Archbishop’s Residence, White Hall and Stollmeyer’s Castle. Also bordering the Savannah are The Emperor Valley Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, Queen’s Hall Theatre and The National Academy for the Performing Arts. Close to Port-of-Spain is also the ‘city that never sleeps’ – St. James. Much of the country’s history is reflected here, in the name of its streets as well as the delicious street food of Roti and Doubles, to the festivals and churches. Overlooking the Gulf of Paria is Fort George which offers an awe-inspiring, panoramic view of the north of Trinidad and the offshore isles. Built in the 1700s, the windy hilltop fortress is open to the public daily.

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There is so much to discover in the century-old Roman Catholic Church of St Vincent Ferrer in Gran Chemin, Moruga.

Above: Arima

Market Moruga RC Church Inset: Columbus Monument in Moruga Below:

Photos: Christopher Anderson


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For those who love the sea, a trip “DDI” or “Down the islands” is a quiet and peaceful escape for many. The five islands off Trinidad’s north coast – Chacachacare, Huevos, Gasparillo (or Centipede Island), Monos, and Gaspar Grande (aka Gasparee) – are spectacular. You can also explore the Gasparee caves and enjoy fishing, waterskiing and boat 'limes' in the deep blue waters off the coast. Tours are available at On your way to the yacht club, make sure to tour The Military & Aerospace Museum in Chaguaramas, an area that once housed the American Base during World War II. Over 500 years of war history including artefacts, vehicles and artillery are on display. Another major attraction for locals and tourists is the Chaguaramas Boardwalk. This relaxing walkway is always bustling with activity even into the late hours of the night. Just a few minutes away, you can enjoy zip lining over the forest and Macqueripe Beach. For further information and bookings visit From April to July the protected leatherback sea turtle nests on the north-eastern beaches of Matura and Grande Rivière. It is indeed a sight to behold and many from across the country journey to the beaches just to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants. Given the rarity of nesting grounds worldwide, guidelines are strict and a permit to view this protected species is required from one of the Forestry Division offices at San Fernando (call 868-657-9450), Sangre Grande (call 868-668-2518) or Port-of-Spain (call 868-622-3217). On your return, you should visit St Augustine where The Eric Williams Memorial Collection can be viewed at The University of the West Indies. The collection at the Alma Jordan Library archives the late Prime Minister, scholar, historian and educator, Dr Eric Williams who led this country to independence in 1962 and then, to becoming a Republic in 1976. Open to the public on the last two Saturdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For reservations and further information, contact The UWI Alma Jordan Library at (868) 662-2002 Exts. 82132, 83506 or 83361.

Central Sights Heading down to Chaguanas from the Piarco International Airport a whole other world awaits. Just off the Uriah Butler Highway is The Caroni Bird Sanctuary. This is an area of 15,000 acres of marshland, tidal lagoon and mangrove trees. Many schools, bird watchers and tourists visit to explore the dense vegetation and wildlife. A cruise along the canal takes you through the mangrove where snakes are sometimes nestled on trees just above. There are many species of fish, birds and even caiman. A major attraction is the spectacular return of the Scarlet Ibis on evenings to an island in the swamp. Guides are available at the entrance on Felicity Road and kayaks are also available. Further into Central Trinidad, standing in all its might is the 85-foot Hanuman Murti in Carapichaima. Hanuman is a Hindu god, and the statue is said to be the largest of its kind outside of India. The intricately designed architecture and the temple’s pinkish tint, along with the other neighbouring statues, were built according to the Dravidian style of south India.

Close by in Waterloo is the Indian Caribbean Museum which houses artefacts, historical books, photographs and documents over a century old. The Indian Caribbean Museum of Trinidad & Tobago (Tel: (868) 673 -7007 or Another picturesque location is the Temple in the Sea. The temple was initially built by Siewdass Sadhu on land which belonged to a sugar cane company. The temple was destroyed but determined and persistent, Sadhu reclaimed the land by hand, with a bucket, for 25 years. Today, the temple is complete and still stands as proof of Sadhu’s dedication, persistence and devotion. A little further into the Central Range, be sure to visit Our Lady of Montserrat Roman Catholic Church which was designed by a French priest and named by Spaniards (after the Montserrat Hill on which it stands). This Church has retained its original structure since 1878. The church administration can be contacted at (868) 650-0082 or 636-0769. Gran Couva in Central Trinidad also offers a very cool and

Lopinot Estate The fertile cocoa estate near to Arouca is the former home of French soldier Compte Josef Charles de Lopinot de la Fresillière, presented with these lands in 1806 by the British for service in the war. Below: San Fernando Photo: Maria Nunes Inset: Lopinot Estate Photo: Aartie Gosine

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relaxing drive through many cocoa estates, including the picturesque La Vega Estate. Transformed into a park and garden centre, visitors can relax in swimming pools, fish in the lakes and enjoy the greenery of the countryside. Many pilgrims travel to La Vega Estate to visit the shrine dedicated to the Divine Mercy of Jesus. You can visit to find out more.

Southern Sights So you’ve seen the northern and central range, now it’s time to journey south to the Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust where tour guides take you along the trails to see the: Masked Cardinal, Osprey, yellow-headed Caracara, yellow-blackbird, Wattled Jacana, black-crowned NightHeron, streak-headed Woodcreeper, purple and common Gallinules. After the tour you can relax and have a picnic in the park. Bookings must be made two days in advance. Call (868) 658-4200 ext. 2512 or visit Next stop, the city of San Fernando to tour the many historical buildings and of course travel to the San Fernando Hill. Many events are held here and the view of the city is incredible. It is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The San Fernando Office of the Forestry Division can be contacted at (868) 653-9563 and will provide further details. A natural wonder, the La Brea Pitch Lake is one of the country’s major tourist attractions. It is also the largest natural asphalt lake in the world. This lake can be compared to a bottomless pit having what seems like an endless supply of asphalt. This asphalt is exported internationally. Many visitors take a dip in the neighbouring sulphur lakes which have been said to have healing properties. For further information, call (868) 651-1232 and please use official guides only indicated by red jerseys with the La Brea logo and ‘Official Tour Guide’ on the back. If you have the time and you’re in the Princes Town area, be sure to visit the Devil’s Woodyard, a collection of constantly erupting, mud volcanoes. This makes for a nice family outing since picnic areas and sporting grounds are available. These are just some the many spectacular sights that Trinidad has to offer on an isle that’s good for your soul and spirit of discovery!


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Photo: Jason Sookermany Inset:

“Last Train to San Fernando” Photo: Maria Nunes


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T&T Tourist Transport Service Association The Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Transport Service Association has been providing reliable and efficient transport services for over 20 years. We offer a 24/7 service for all popular sites and attractions in Trinidad, as well as, airport transfers, special functions, weddings, funerals, meetings and conferences, schools turtle watching (by request) and more. We have a membership of approximately 225 drivers/guides who are trained in basic tour guiding skills, defensive driving and First Aid with C.P.R. We have Public Liability Insurance Coverage. Tel (868) 623-4419 After 3:00 p.m. (868) 683-7934; Fax (868) 624-5016 Email |

Angostura® Museum The House of Angostura®, Trinidad and Tobago’s manufacturer of world renowned products that include the famous Angostura® aromatic bitters and award winning rums, offers tours to our facilities that gives the visitor the history of the company from inception in 1824. As an added bonus, visitors will be able to view the world famous Barcant Butterfly Collection, started in 1921 by Malcolm Barcant and which boasts an impressive array of over 700 butterflies. Tel (868) 623-1841 ext 255 Address Cor. Eastern Main Road and Trinity Avenue, Laventille, Trinidad, W.I. Email (Ronda) | We’re on Facebook

Short Term Rentals This option is especially attractive to those international visitors who are looking for something professional and safe whilst they travel to work or otherwise. The many benefits of the short-term lease: • 24/7 roadside assistance • Unlimited mileage • Airport pickup and drop-off • Insurance • Wide selection of vehicles. Ask about our corporate long-term lease, our affordable Tobago rentals and/or our weekly and monthly rates. Tel (868) 687-1020 / 493-2867 Email | Website

Asa Wright Nature Centre Located in Arima, 1200 feet above sea level, the Asa Wright Nature Centre is a not-for-profit Trust. A plantation house in the midst of a rainforest in excess of 1300 acres. It has celebrated 50 years as a self sustained Eco-lodge and Nature Centre. Full of rich history, it pursues its mission of conservation and protection of habitat and watersheds in the Arima Valley. Its research station hosts graduate studies and the Centre carries out community outreach via its education programmes. A birder’s paradise that is family oriented. Reservations are required, so call for details of accommodation, daily tours, lunches, conferences and small events. Tel (868) 667-4655 | Facebook /AsaWrightNatureCentre Email |

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National Museum & Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago Photo: Stephen Broadbridge


Our Unique History By Paul Hadden

Though some may be a bit off the beaten track, it’s worth the trip as there are a host of museums in Trinidad which offer visitors a look into our unique history. National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago Originally established in 1892, the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago is home to an impressive collection of around 10,000 pieces of historical art. The museum is located at the entrance of the city of Port-of-Spain, minutes away from the beautiful Queen’s Park Savannah. The building itself, originally known as the Royal Victoria Institute has seven galleries: Art, Social History, Natural History, Economic History, Petroleum and Geology. In addition, there is a small art gallery dedicated to exhibiting the paintings of the famous Trinidadian painter Michel-Jean Cazabon; as well as a small section highlighting various aspects of the Carnival culture. The museum is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 6pm. Tel: 1 (868) 623 5941

Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection Angostura is a name that is synonymous with quality rum as well as its world famous aromatic bitters. A trip to the Angostura


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Museum gives a glimpse into the history of the company’s renowned products. The journey to international success for the company began in a small town in Venezuela from which the founders eventually migrated, to settle in neighbouring Trinidad. A tour of the facility includes a visit to both the Angostura Rum Distillery, where the acclaimed rum is created, as well as a glimpse into the Bitters’ Manufacturing Room - the only place in the world where the famous product is made! Visitors are also given a chance to check out the Barcant Butterfly Collection which boasts an impressive sample of over 8000 specimens of around 700 species of local butterflies. Advanced booking is required for this museum. Visitors can expect the tour to last around 2 hours. Tel: 1 (868) 623 1841

Indian Caribbean Museum The Indian Caribbean Museum was created to preserve the heritage of the East Indian Indentured labourers who have played an integral part in shaping the history and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. The museum contains several artefacts

Indian Caribbean Museum Tel/Fax: 1 (868) 673 7007

Chaguaramas Military Museum militarymuseumtt/ Tel: 1 (868) 634 4391

which help to tell the story of the original labourers who made their way to Trinidad to work on the plantations after the abolition of slavery. One of the museum’s highlights is an authentic recreation of a traditional ‘Tapia house’ which the labourers modelled after houses in north-eastern India. The museum is located near to the historic Temple in the Sea in Waterloo, as well as the magnificent Temple which houses the largest statue of Lord Hanuman to be found outside of India. Admission is free of charge. Tel /Fax: 1 (868) 673 7007

The University of the West Indies Zoology Museum Located on the St. Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies, this zoological museum is home to the largest collection of animal specimens in Trinidad and Tobago. The museum’s mission is “to collect, preserve, document, and display the fauna” of these twin islands, yet visitors can expect to see a wide range of indigenous specimen as well as those

Sparrow Exhibition: Division of Culture Rain-o-rama – Ms. Valerie Green Tel: 1 (868) 632 8564 / 1 (868) 740 3451

Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection Tel: 1 (868) 623 1841

from the neighbouring Caribbean and South American mainland. The collection has been growing steadily since 1920 and now hosts close to 70,000 specimens of preserved animals. Tel: 1 (868) 662 2002

Central Bank Money Museum A look into the socio-economic history of Trinidad and Tobago will allow visitors insight into the intriguing colonial heritage of the islands. Focusing on all things money related, this museum will take visitors back to the first system of trade and currency used by the Amerindians, right up to the modern role of the Central Bank in regulating the financial affairs of the country. There is also a gallery dedicated to the global history of money which includes various representations of money from around the world including samples of cowrie shells, gold bars, and various paper monies. An educational experience right in the heart of the financial district of Port of Spain. Tel: 1 (868) 621 2288

Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection Tel: 1 (868) 623 1841

Cricket Heritage Museum Tel: 1 (868) 622 3787

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The Oilbird

Cave Dwellers By Jason Radix

The only nocturnal fruit-eating bird in the world is the Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis). Limited in its distribution to only a few parts of northern South America and Trinidad, it is one of over 480 documented bird species recorded for this country. Also unique for its gregarious cave dwelling habits, and known to occur in eight remote colonies in Trinidad and the northerly offshore island of Huevos; it is a must-see species for BirdWatchers and nature lovers alike. A relatively large brown and white spotted bird with a wing span of 42 inches and length of 18 inches, it is one of the larger members of the Caprimulgifomes Order, and the only member of its family, Steatornithidae. Unlike other nocturnal birds such as owls, Nightjars and Night Hawks (not bats), all of which are predators, this fructivore feeds exclusively on the fruit of various types of palms, incenses and laurels species. This fatty diet, combined with low predation and a long gestation period allows the young unfledged bird to become overweight; often reaching 50% heavier than the adult. Native tribes favoured the young birds for their fat which liquefies into oil once the bird is boiled, hence the name Oilbird.


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The species’ native Amerindian name is “Guacharo” (the one that wails and moans) possibly influenced by its snarling call, and “Diablotin” (little devil) perhaps inspired by the birds preference for living in perpetual darkness. As a cave dwelling and nocturnal species it is possible that most visitors and local wildlife enthusiasts will never see this bird, which also flies high and over long distances to forage. The best opportunity to witness this natural wonder is to visit one of these remote colonies during the day while the birds roost. The most accessible spot is at Dunston’s Cave, located at the Asa Wright Nature Centre. Visits are restricted, short and offered only twice a week to guests of the facility so as to limit disturbance. Other sites include the Aripo and Cumaca caves, which require qualified guides and/or hike leaders; while visiting the colonies on Huevos Island requires a boat guide and favourable tidal conditions. Visitors wishing to discover this peculiar and sensitive bird, be aware that it is a protected species and requires a conservative ethic during visits.

The best opportunity to witness this natural wonder is to visit one of these remote colonies during the day while the birds roost. The most accessible spot is at Dunston’s Cave, located at the Asa Wright Nature Centre.

Photos: Christopher Anderson

Day Tour


By Bavina Sookdeo

Hanuman Murti Photo: Jason Sookermany

One day is never enough to explore the ins and outs of this lush, cosmopolitan country, but for those with limited time here’s a day trip that’ll awaken the senses and spirit. If you’re staying near to the airport in Piarco or environs you can start your travel at 9 am. and arrive at your destination in just an hour. The Temple In the Sea Originally built by Siewdass Sadhu on land which belonged to a sugar cane company, the temple was destroyed, but determined and persistent, Sadhu reclaimed the land by hand, using just a bucket for the next 25 years. Today, the new temple is complete and still stands as proof of Sadhu’s dedication and devotion.

The statue of Hanuman

Temple In The Sea Photo: Jason Sookermany

A short drive away is the monumental 85-foot Hanuman Murti in Carapichaima. Hanuman is a Hindu god and the statue is the largest of its kind outside of India. The intricately designed architecture of the nearby pink-tinted temple, along with the other statues, were built according to the Dravidian style of south India.

Our Lady of Montserrat RC Church Photo: Stephen Brodgbridge Inset: Dattatreya Temple Photo: Stephen Jay Photography

La Vega Estate Photos: Stephen Jay Photography

Indian Caribbean Museum The Indian Caribbean Museum in Waterloo is your next stop. Here, Indian indentureship and heritage are preserved through books, artefacts, and documents over a century old. The tour is very informative and lasts just 45 minutes.

La Vega Next stop is the lush gardens of La Vega Estate in Gran Couva. Just 30 minutes from the Museum in Waterloo and the landscape along the way is stunning with views of cocoa estates and greenblue hills. Here you can discover many species of plants, relax in the water park or picnic by the lake. Be sure to visit the shrine dedicated to the Divine Mercy of Jesus.

Our Lady of Montserrat Just a fifteen minute drive and you can explore the elegant architecture of Our Lady of Montserrat RC Church which was designed by a French priest and named by Spaniards after the Montserrat Hill on which it stands. This Church has retained its original structure since it was built in 1878.

Debe The drive to your next spot is about an hour so you may want to stop for a quick bite. The perfect spot for a late lunch or afternoon tea is the town of Debe, where you can enjoy a wide variety of treats from local vendors including delicious Doubles and Saheena.

La Divina Pastora La Divina Pastora, here we come! The drive to the church is approximately 35 minutes from Debe. Many tourists visit this historic church which brings religions together to worship and celebrate. The saint, La Divina Pastora, is believed to grant wishes, so make yours a special one.

Heading Home After a day of touring it’s time to head back to the hotel, relax and re-live the memories of the day, and enjoy photos and souvenirs collected along the way.

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worry less By Anna Walcott-Hardy

Las Cuevas



A scenic drive along the north coast road will bring you to Las Cuevas, named for the small caves that bound both sides of this spectacular bay. A world within a world, apart from the colourful pirogues at the small fishing village along the east side, there is the sleepy Cuaraguate River that flows in the west end, the leafy sand runners and almond trees nearby and steep cliffs that make the miles of bleached sand and blue-green waters a wonderful discovery.

At the foothills of the north coast, this sheltered bay in Chaguaramas is nestled between forested promontories. Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular along the fringe reef, but swimmers in the blue waters should be careful as the sea bed is uneven and suddenly becomes quite deep. Although usually calm, the sea can be rough from April to November. Parking is available and zip-lining can be done nearby, but take your time walking down the steps to the beach.

A popular holiday retreat, many enjoy bathing in the waters, which may be deep green because of the impact of Venezuela’s Orinoco River. Bordered by hundreds of coconut palms, with fronds constantly blowing in the breeze, the bay stretches for many kilometres. The ochre sands gently slope to waters that can at times be dangerous, with rip tides and strong longshore currents, as well as sea floor depressions, so take care.

Photo: Jason Sookermany

Photo: Christopher Anderson

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Photo: Richard Lyder

Grande Rivière

Columbus Bay

Off the lush Paria Main Road, a couple miles from the bridge that crosses the Grande Rivière River, is this wide, undulating beach that’s over a kilometre long. It’s a popular, protected nesting ground for the impressive Leatherback turtle (Demorchelys coriacea) that returns annually to our coastal waters from March to August. Permits are required from the Forestry Division and tour guides are stationed at the Visitors Centre if you wish to see this incredible event

Along the West coast of the island, lies this expansive beach, nestled between Los Gallos and Corral Point, with views of mainland Venezuela on a clear day. There is a coconut plantation on the upper end of the beach and a small wetland at the centre of the bay. The arresting stacks of monumental rocks out at sea, add to the seascape.

Photo: Stephen Jay Photography

Photo: Jason Sookermany


That this is one of the most popular bays on the island is not surprising because the windy 1.8 km beach with its bleached sand, lined with coconut palms and almond trees, is stunning. The white-capped breakers are impressive and can reach as high as 1.5 metres so take care. Hugged by headlands with a picturesque river and fishing village to the west, you must try the trademark Maracas shark and bake sandwich or a tasty corn soup on your way home. There are parking lots, washrooms and lifeguards stationed during the day. Photo: Patricia Lewis



By Anna Walcott-Hardy

Three Pools An easy 30-minute hike from Spring Bridge, Blanchisseuse, along the Marianne River will take you upstream to the waterfall. The river runs over a steep escarpment to the three cascading pools, creating a natural waterslide. The imposing rocks, jade basins and wading pools ensure a spectacular day for the entire family.

Paria A challenging eight-mile hike over undulating terrain is worth the trip when you arrive at the serene beauty of Paria Beach and the nearby waterfall. Along the way there are panoramic hilltop views of the sea and if lucky, you may spot turtles swimming in the crystal-clear waters below. The refreshing, pristine falls are lined with blooming tropical flowers including lilies and heliconias.

Blue Basin Nestled in River Estate, Diego Martin, just a 15-20 minute drive from the capital, the Blue Basin waterfall lives up to its name, with a 298-foot cascade into deep cobalt pools of refreshing water. Guided tours are recommended to the waterfall – whether on foot or bike.

Turure It’s a one of a kind destination in Cumaca, as the water from the Turure River dramatically falls over a series of limestone outcrops. A moderate 30-minute hike through the forest takes you to the steps, some spanning the width of the river, often as wide as 50 feet and as high as 25 feet. The wading pools are like a natural Jacuzzi, the falls refreshingly cold and crystal clear.

Edith Falls In the Chaguaramas Valley a 30-minute hike just off the road to the Golf Club through a cocoa estate will take you to this three-tiered waterfall. Along the way you may be fortunate to see a Howler monkey or green-parrot in the trees before you arrive at the 250 foot waterfall that’s most impressive in the Rainy Season. Blue Basin Photo: Christopher Anderson Inset: Rappelling at Avocat Waterfall Photo: Edison Boodoosingh

Hyatt Regency Trinidad Situated in the heart of downtown Port of Spain on the waterfront, the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Trinidad sets the standard for a new level of comfort, service and convenience among Trinidad hotels. The upgraded facilities offer a 423-room hotel with 15 suites and 43,000 square feet of meeting and event space, catering to business, convention and leisure travellers. The re-designed rooms, lobby, lounge, bar, sushi bar and Waterfront Restaurant with smart furnishings including an additional sofa bed and a 65” TV, provides the perfect environment for you to relax and unwind away from home. Re-energise in our newly enhanced spa Esencia and rooftop infinity pool with beautiful panoramic views of the gulf. WiFi is complimentary to all our guests.

Tel (868) 623-2222 Fax (868) 821-6401

Address 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Reservations Facebook Twitter @HyattTrinidad Instagram Hyatttrinidad

Tradewinds Hotel Situated in the breezy residential area of St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Tradewinds Hotel has been owned and operated by the Laing family since 1990. The 41- room “Home Away From Home” boasts friendly, helpful and courteous staff and an efficient management team. Rooms are spacious and fully equipped with minibar, cable TV, air-conditioning, safes and complimentary Wi-Fi. Other facilities include Driftwood Restaurant, our newly opened Bottles & Bites Sushi Restaurant & Bar, conferencing, mini-mart, gym with state-of-the-art equipment and instructors on site and swimming pool. Only 800 metres away from Caribbean Cinemas 10/ South Park Shopping Plaza. Tel (868) 652-9463 Address 36-38 London Street, St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Trinidad Email

Kapok Hotel Ideally located, minutes away from Port of Spain, banks, embassies, medical institutions, malls, the Queen’s Park Savannah and Oval. Our boutique hotel features a range of rooms, including balcony suites with separate living areas and cosy studio rooms with kitchenettes. Amenities include room service, complimentary WIFI, laundry services, gym, pool and two full service restaurants. Visit KAVA, located lobby level, and enjoy an eclectic menu featuring artisan brick oven pizzas and classic cocktails or experience an evening of fine dining at our Asian restaurant, Tiki Village, on the 8th floor, and witness one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the capital city. Book online at with code INS&OUTS for the best rate guaranteed. Tel (868) 622-KPOK (5765) Address 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Trinidad Email | Facebook kapokhoteltrinidad | Instagram @kapokhotel |


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The Normandie Hotel The Normandie Hotel is a boutique hotel designed by one of Trinidad’s most acclaimed architects, John Newel Lewis, known as a platform for culture, art and music. The spirit of its local warmth, is nothing but charming. Within its façade it houses, a Conference Centre, restaurant, 83 Rooms (40 of them poolside) carrying modern commodities, and a Market Place offering fashion, skin care, and bespoke local products. Strategically situated in the heart of St. Ann's, minutes away from the Queen’s Park Savannah and Port of Spain. Capture charisma, revisit the values of history. Stay at The Normandie Hotel! Tel (868) 624-1181-4 (868) 387-1244 Address 10 Nook Avenue, St. Ann's, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies Email

Courtyard By Marriott Refresh your travel experience at the Courtyard by Marriott, Port of Spain. This contemporary hotel features a re-designed lobby, restaurant, library and business centre. The 119 spacious guest rooms and suites offer plush beds, large work desks with ergonomic task chairs, and free Internet access. The hotel is conveniently located 40 minutes from the international airport, just 10 minutes away from the city centre, and within walking distance of the MovieTowne Entertainment Complex and the Hasley Crawford National Stadium. Host a memorable meeting or business event in any of our versatile conference rooms; the perfect setting for a small business dinner or social gathering. Tel (868) 627-5555 Fax (868) 627-6317 Address Invader’s Bay, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Le Grand Almandier Located 88km from Piarco International Airport, Le Grand Almandier lies nestled between the almond trees and the beach. Here, the forested headlands border the magnificent coastline to the north and the majestic Grande Rivière River, from which the village gets its name, to the north-east. The perfect retreat to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer: the birds, the wildlife, the nesting leatherback turtles, fishing, boat tours and waterfall tours. The ten tastefully decorated rooms and suites sleep two to six persons. The ideal choice for anyone in search of peace and serenity in completely natural surroundings.

Tel (868) 670-1013/2294 Fax (868) 670-2294 Address 2 Hosang Street, Grande Rivière, Trinidad Email


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Royal Hotel Royal Hotel has the charm of a bygone era, with the conveniences of the modern world. We are known for our warm southern charm, an oasis conveniently located within the city of San Fernando. We invite you to relax in any of our 62 spacious rooms, equipped with cable TV, air-conditioning, safes, free WI-FI along with a complimentary continental breakfast. Visit our Landmark Bar or Pavilion Restaurant for a taste of an eclectic mix of local and international cuisine. Our conference and meeting rooms are ideal for hosting business events, cocktail parties and wedding receptions. Hoping to see you soon!

Tel (868) 652-4881 Address 46-54 Royal Road, San Fernando, Trinidad Email

CrewsInn Hotel and Yachting Centre Snuggly nestled in a natural harbour, the CrewsInn Hotel and Yachting Centre is a welcoming haven for all our valued guests. Enjoy all the amenities of our unique hotel amidst the warm and vibrant Caribbean décor that says “relax, make yourself at home”. 46 rooms all with a cosy private balcony view of our Marina; pool, conference centre, restaurant, bar, all carrying modern design and décor. Located in Trinidad’s largest national park.

Tel (868) 607-4000 (option 2) Fax (868) 634-4175 Address Point Gourde, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, West Indies Email

Acajou Hotel ACAJOU is a small, eco-friendly, family-operated hotel situated on the beautiful and dramatic northern coast of Trinidad in a small fishing village called Grande Rivière. The hotel is built as a group of traditional cottages nestled between the beach, a crystal clear river and lush rainforest-covered mountains. What makes Grande Rivière unique is the hundreds of endangered leatherback turtles that nest here every year, from March until August. Please visit for unbiased reviews about ACAJOU Hotel. Tel (868) 670-3771 Fax (868) 670-4566 Address Grande Rivière, Trinidad Email


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Carnival Medea Photo: Maria Nunes

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By Anna Walcott-Hardy

Trinidad and Tobago has a legacy and great love of dance, from the traditional Bélé to the Tobago Jig and Reel, Congo Belle, jharoo or Carnival “wine”. But you can’t talk about dance without recognising the profound contribution made by the unassuming Noble Douglas. The national awardwinner has taught generations of professional dancers, inspired scores of choreographers and developed a poignant repertoire. COCO Dance

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Having taken ballet and music lessons from the age of eight, Douglas grew up in Woodbrook, the youngest of six children in a close knit family. Her father was a pharmacist and her mother a florist and caterer with a love of music and the arts. Douglas trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York and then at the London College of Dance and Drama. She was the first to introduce the Graham technique to Trinidad and Tobago, and was inspired by stalwarts like Beryl McBurnie. She also worked and toured with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company. Over the years, Douglas has collaborated with Andre Largen, Peter Minshall, Derek Walcott and Wendell Manwarren and her alumni can be found in some of the best dance companies in the world. At her studio on Petra Street, Woodbrook, a few miles away from Carlos Street where she grew up, toddlers, teens and professional dancers unlatch the gate and walk along the pathway to the back of her house to an elegant, open-air studio to attend classes at the dance and theatre school. Here, she also leads a renowned dance company, as well as the award winning Lilliput Theatre Company that produces a show each

Noble Dance Company Photo: Maria Nunes


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Noble Douglas Photo: Maria Nunes

year at the Queen’s Hall, St. Ann's, featuring dance and theatre performances inspired by the Lilliput Children’s Carnival Band, designed by Meryl Mahabir. In 2017, the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc produced another critically acclaimed annual production, Vanishing Pointe, that featured new works including Delton Frank’s ‘Boy and Girl Ordeal – Bago’ as well as moving tribute by Jeffrey Carter to the Hall’s dedicated stage manager, the late Todd Hill. Dave Williams, senior dancer with NDDCI lauded Douglas for her creativity, generousity and tenacity and explained why he thinks she’s been able to achieve so much in her lifetime. “Persistence. She’s there and remains there in an environment that’s not really conducive to the Arts. To have that stamina, that value and persistence that it can be done.” Williams and Sonja Dumas co-founded the COCO Dance Festival, a contemporary collective that has collaborated over the past ten years with choreographers locally and internationally from the USA, Spain and Cuba, among others, to network, host outreach workshops in local communities as well as study-abroad programmes. For the show in 2017,

Williams and Dumas worked with Danza Contemporanea the national contemporary dance company of Cuba and assisted with workshops held by Fleur Darkin, the artistic director of the Scottish Dance Theatre in her commission to mount a new piece on the Cuban company, an exchange facilitated by the British Council. Growing up in Trinidad, Williams always had a real “fascination with dance” and was inspired by the Best Village performances he saw on TV, as well as on stage, by Douglas and Astor Johnson. He also admired the work of Alvin Ailey, Reggie Wilson and the creative genius of Peter Minshall and is focused on continuing to develop the artform. “One of the things about dance and art in Trinidad is whether we remain relevant and have an effect with the society and connect, and realise that the society needs art for our own wellness.” NDDCI and COCO Dance annual dance shows are a must-see in October every year – visit them on Facebook to learn more.


Little Carib Theatre

Big Black Box

Naparima Bowl

CLR James Auditorium

National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA)

80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain Email: Website:

33 Murray Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain Email:

Cipriani Labour College Churchill Roosevelt Highway Phone: (868) 665-5014

Central Bank Auditorium Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Corner of St Vincent Street & Wrightson Road, Port of Spain Phone: (868) 623-0845 Website:

Learning Resource Centre The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Phone: (868) 662-2002 ext 82340 Email:

Corner of White and Roberts Streets Woodbrook, Port of Spain Phone: (868) 622-4644 Email:

19 Paradise Pasture, San Fernando Phone: (868) 652-4704

119 Frederick Street, Port of Spain Phone: (868) 623-2375 ext 3003 Email:

Queen’s Hall

1-3 St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s, Port of Spain Phone: (868) 624-1284/621-2911 Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) Todd Street, San Fernando Phone: (868) 657-4380

Belmont Freetown Cultural Arts and Folk Performing Company Inset: Sharon Navarro performing with National Steel Symphony Orchestra Photos: Maria Nunes

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Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne When the sun sets, the Caribbean nightlife heats up at Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne. Brimming with activity and excitement, the ambience is clearly reminiscent of Bourbon Street in New Orleans; filled with the eclectic mix of cuisine and entertainment that makes this venue one of the most talked about spots in T&T. A diverse mix of dining choices await to satisfy any palate and for anyone feeling lucky, why not try your hand at the Casino. Guests can also sway to the beats and pulsating rhythms of local talent with live shows taking place twice per week; every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm. You can always find a great lime and a lively crowd at the No. 1 Entertainment Destination in Trinidad and Tobago. Tel (868) 627-8277 Email | Address MovieTowne, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain

VIP Platinum Cinema and Lounge, MovieTowne The VIP Platinum Cinema and Lounge is an ultra-modern, state-of-theart venue that takes cinema going to the next level. Indulge in the full VIP experience by dining in the lounge, while satisfying your penchant for a blockbuster movie in the private setting of the 64 seat theatre. The lounge is open to all; no movie ticket necessary. It offers a sophisticated restaurant and bar atmosphere where dining, cocktails and meetings are welcomed. You can also reserve your cinema seat ahead of time, while savouring the intimate setting of luxury seating and cosy blankets. The venue is also available for rent for any type of event and occasion. Located inside the lobby of MovieTowne Port of Spain, this is the latest entertainment offering to movie lovers, with discerning tastes, nationwide. Tel (868) 627-8277 Email | Address MovieTowne, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain

C Spot Sip n Paint Studio Unleash your Creative Soul and share a unique and memorable fun time together. CSpot Sip n Paint offers painting sessions that are fun, easy and entertaining. We cater to corporate as well as private, all ages and the ability to paint is not a factor. Perfect for date night, girls night out, bachelorette parties, birthday/anniversary parties and team building/ bonding sessions. It’s 90% fun and 10% art. Sessions run from Tuesday - Saturday and some Sundays. Morning: 9/10:00 a.m. - 12noon/1:00 p.m. Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evening: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tel (868) 235-3624 / 620-8927 / 688-3335 Email 2 Broome Street, St Clair, Trinidad, W.I. FB: CSpotSipandPaint IG: cspot_sip_paint


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Five Islands Amusement Park The first ever theme park has finally reached our shores, Five Islands Amusement Park located in the beautiful Chaguaramas peninsula. This is what Trinidad has been waiting for! There is something for everyone – thrilling Rides that take flight, a go-cart track, an ice skating rink, a surf simulator, a trampoline park, an obstacle Ropes course and a massive indoor arcade with exciting attractions. We welcome the rest of the World to experience our Amusement Park with our warm Caribbean charm. The highly anticipated Water Park will soon be added to the Five Islands entertainment mix! COME PLAY at Five Islands Amusement Park! Tel (868) 612-PARK (7275) Email Western Main Road, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, W.I.

Liquid Adrenalin Experience a range of exciting water sports in the balmy waters of the Gulf of Paria. We provide sessions for wakeboarding, water skiing, wake surfing, standup paddleboarding and more. Or learn to fly the exciting Dolphin Board. Professional instruction and equipment included. Great for small groups and conveniently located in Cocorite. We are Water Sports!

Tel (868) 779-6647/704-5099 Email Facebook

Harry’s Water Park At Harry’s Water Park we offer a variety of fun activities for people of different age groups. Special attractions include: Paddle and peddle boats, adults and children kayaking, fishing, wild life, nature trail, swimming pools complete with water slide, sheds for liming and outdoor cooking, cabins and conference area, kids play park, a well-stocked bar and food court, guest rooms and many more fun-filled activities. HARRY’S WATER PARK… The number one place that brings family and friends closer together!

Tel/Fax (868) 798-0049 / (868) 466-9748 Address 160 Tabaquite Road, Rio Claro, Trinidad, W.I. Email Facebook Harry’s Water Park


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Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

Green Days by the River By Anna Walcott-Hardy

Built in 1861 as a reception hall for Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the Princes Building was the place to be for social galas and parties, until the building was destroyed by fire in 1979. Here, the first moving pictures were shown in Trinidad and those who could afford the four shillings were mesmerized by the rapid stop-motion images. So it was more than appropriate that the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, ttff, launched the premier of ‘Green Days by the River’ at this historic site, now home to NAPA. Based on the 1967 novel by Michael Anthony, ‘Green Days by The River’, is a coming-of-age story of a young boy, Shell, played with great complexity by the handsome and hugely talented Sudai Tafari. The story is of young love, lust, prejudice and betrayal, all played out in the fishing village of Mayaro in the 1950s, when Trinidad was still a British colony but moving towards independence, not unlike the struggles facing the young Shell. There is the age-old battle for the spirit of the young boy by his Pa (Che Rodriguez), and the farmer, Gidharee (Anand Lawkaran), the uncovering of life in the country, where the realities of poverty, prejudice and institutional neglect, are buried beneath the veneer of palm trees, lush forests and sand-blasted beaches. Visually rich and carefully edited, the screenplay thrives on contrasts and although not as subtly evocative as the novel, it certainly draws you in. Scenes like the Discovery Day party where young Shell enjoys dancing the foxtrot and mambo, yet slowly succumbs to excess and ultimately has a fateful night, are elegantly directed by the

talented Michael Mooleedhar. The film takes on the age-old rivalry between dependency and liberation, innocence and avarice, all quietly, slowly unravelling the tale until it moves to an all too familiar end. ‘Green Days’ was one of the 15 films in development that was part of the Caribbean Film Mart in 2015. Over 120 films were screened last year at the Festival, as well as writer’s workshops and select Q&A with directors from Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. In 2017, there were five full-length feature films and 34 short films, many award-winners including, Maya Cozier’s ‘Short Drop’, Oliver Milne’s ‘Salty Dog’ and Kevin Bhall’s animated short, ‘Temple by the Sea’. “Michael Mooleedhar’s ‘Green Days by the River’ and Vashti Anderson’s Moko Jumbie – are well crafted and beautifully shot and are stories about T&T told through a local voice,” Festival founder and director, Dr. Bruce Paddington explained in a recent press interview. “Caribbean cinema is poised to take off. We have to work together as a nation to ensure that it happens.”

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Bright Lights

Big City Drama

By Sheldon Waithe

When you’re dubbed one of the world’s cities that never sleeps, you have a lot to live up to; and in Trinidad you'll find a dynamic theatre scene that more than lives up to its reputation and is truly alive and kicking. The Little Carib Theatre has been providing the platform for performers since 1947; every conceivable manner of art form has graced its stage, from award-winning plays to hard rock concerts, diversity remains its strength. This cornerstone of Caribbean culture exists on a corner, White and Robert Streets in Woodbrook. The Kaiso Blues Cafe is always abuzz with an eclectic musical mix that reflects its name and an ambience that sets the tone for artistic appreciation. It’s ‘Unplugged’ series is extremely popular, as are the jazz sessions at 85 Woodford Street, Port of Spain. Nearby, on Robert Street, Woodbrook, Alice Yard offers an informal blend of indoor and outdoor spaces for several events - from art exhibitions to poetry readings. Recently, the stilt walking tutorials for budding Moko Jumbies as well as the Rapso artist sessions have become favourites. Murray Street’s Big Black Box in Woodbrook, welcomes you with its White Room, home to many an art and photo exhibition. The venue hosts fashion shows, an ever-popular open mic night and the thoroughly entertaining Poetry Slam duels. Its culture is very interactive, with patrons turning the seating area into a dance floor; such is the infectiousness of the performances. Next on stage........who knows?! You’ll have to visit to find out. All the venues have their events listed on their Facebook pages

Top: Alicia

Jagassar in concert

Bottom: Bocas Lit Fest Photos: Maria Nunes

meet a Trini

"... you sit alone writing and never really know if it is going to touch anyone, mean anything.”

Ingrid Persaud Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner By Joel Henry

“I am a Trini to the bone in spite of not having lived there for a long time, I take the best of our culture—the expressive language, the humour, and I try to give it voice.” That expressive language and humour, coupled with a moving narrative made Persaud the overall winner of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her story, ‘The Sweet Sop’, bested over 6,000 entrants from 49 countries. Persaud, who grew up in San Fernando in South Trinidad, was an only child: “I was brought up by a highly educated, hardworking single mother. She taught me the value of a good education. Without siblings to pester I sank into the world of fiction.” Persaud went on to become a legal scholar at the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US and then to King’s College, London. She is also an accomplished fine artist whose work has been exhibited in Barbados and the UK. Prior to her Commonwealth Prize win she completed her first novel in 2014, ‘If I Never Went Home’. The book received outstanding reviews and was selected for a silver medal for multicultural fiction at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Frank Birbalsingh, Professor Emeritus of English at York University praised the publication, calling it “simply brilliant: a debut novel not far behind ‘Miguel Street’.” Her two households include a husband, twin sons aged 17, two dogs and a feral chicken. “When our twins were about six we moved from London (to Barbados) to give



them a chance at a proper childhood. But we are lucky and have managed to keep our London place and so can go back and forth. I take the best of both worlds. When I am in London I make maximum use of theatre, music, talks, etc and in Bim I enjoy the quiet to write and the amazing sea.” ‘The Sweet Sop’, a story of a man bonding with his estranged, dying father while supplying him with chocolate, is humorous and engaging. “This is not based on any real life experience but I draw on the experience of caring for someone who is terminally ill and the deaths of people close to me,” she adds. “I want to understand how to die and make it a good experience. We all have to do it sometime, yet we never want to have that conversation, as if the mere mention of it will bring us closer to it.” Persaud is closing in on the end of her second novel, the story of a young man and his mother on a journey of self-discovery. But focusing on that “hides the weird bits that go with the journey” she adds. “I old – I have to hurry up and write.” When asked about her themes she mentions “what it means to belong; home, loss”. But she is quick to point out that themes are “big words that hide real stories. I don’t think in terms of themes. I think in terms of stories.” Of her awards she says: “It has been incredible. I have met the other regional winners. And it has given me a little profile so I have the confidence to show my work to others. Yes—the confidence thing has been a big plus because you sit alone writing and never really know if it is going to touch anyone, mean anything.”


“Jab Jabs” fight it out at The Old Yard Photo: Aneel Karim

The World’s a Stage By Joel Henry

For lovers of the arts in Trinidad and Tobago, “back to school” has a special meaning – outdoor concerts, theatre productions, dance and art. Every year The University of the West Indies’ Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) produces a full calendar of activities. These events are imagined and performed by some of T&T’s most gifted students and teachers.

Musical Arts programme in concert

Photo: UWI DCFA Founded more than three decades ago, DCFA has become the breeding ground for performers, artists and professionals in nearly every sphere of festival management and production. A major part of the UWI programme is hosting real-world events. This has spawned many well loved annual activities. Fancy a Christmas concert? UWI Arts Chorale and UWI Arts Steel have built a reputation for outstanding performances, melding choir with steelpan at some of Trinidad’s iconic churches such as the Santa Rosa Roman Catholic Church in Arima. Over the years, the UWI Arts Chorale, led by Jessel Murray, has won 12 Cacique Awards for its artistry and excellence. How about a play? Every year DCFA’s Theatre Unit holds its main stage production. The repertoire can range from international classics such as an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” to original works such as the Soca musical “Stick-ey Desires”. The production is usually held in March at the UWI St. Augustine Campus. In April, the works of the next generation of visual artists are displayed in an exhibition at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain. “Sole to Sole,” one of the major productions of the Dance Unit, includes choreography and performances from not only degree and certificate students, but also members of the Festival Dance Ensemble, other dance companies and student dancers from the Secondary School Dance Festival. Held at the Little Carib Theatre in March, it showcases many styles – folk, modern, jazz and hip hop. Carnival is of course the heart of T&T culture, and through the Carnival Studies Unit, patrons experience Carnival as it once was at “The Old Yard.” The Old Yard is an interactive experience that immerses visitors in traditional Carnival with its costumes and characters such as the Midnight Robber, Pierrot Grenade, Moko Jumbies and a host of others. It takes place one week before Carnival at the DCFA in St. Augustine.

Visual Arts Final Year Exhibition Photo: UWI DCFA

Theatre Arts Unit Photo: Aaron Mohammed

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Photo: Gary Jordon

One of a kind

Special Events in Trinidad & Tobago By Roslyn Carrington

Whether you’re planning an event for business or pleasure, whether you want to stage a week-long seminar, a formal end-ofconference dinner, a wedding, or a destination reunion, you’ll never be at a loss for finding that perfect location. Major hotels and select restaurants offer event spaces catering to groups of all sizes, from grand ballrooms to private party rooms or outdoor patios with a sea view. Many offer all the amenities, from full dinner service to valet parking. You can host your event in a luxury location like the Movietowne Banquet and Conference Centre, or choose one of many others in all major towns. If you prefer the outdoors, there are waterfront patios, garden spaces, concert stages, or even arenas available. And worry not! There are trained, certified event planners willing to conceptualise, plan and manage every detail. It’s the perfect opportunity to make your event stand out. Imagine your hall decorated in Caribbean hues, enhanced by floral statement pieces from suppliers like Flowers to Treasure Limited, Romance Gardens or Flowers 137.


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Step away from tried and true Continental menus. Instead, consult with your caterer and offer your guests an adventurous twist on local foods from Doubles and Accra to hearty staples like Callaloo soup or Roti, which can be created into bite-size, delicious hors d’oeuvres. For your awards, souvenirs and tokens, shy away from the mundane and mass-produced and turn instead towards lovingly made bespoke items, created just for you. Fill your swag-bags with local sweets and dark chocolates in hand-painted miniature boxes; desktop doodads of wood or brass; embossed notepads and pens… all emblazoned with your logo, initials or a symbol that speaks to your theme. And don’t forget to dress the part: greet your guests decked out in local designer originals, or outfit your staff in uniforms or printed T-shirts made to order. Make sure your event is memorable for all the right reasons. It’s your party and you can have it your way.

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Home & Away

T&T Sport Gains the Advantage By Sheldon Waithe

Slowing down is not part of the Trinidad sport psyche, and over the past year, the sportsmen and women of T&T took on the world with remarkable returns. Similarly, on the home front there continues to be a marked increase in the number of international events held in the country.

World Cup Qualifier T&T vs USA Photo: Allan V Crane



The tradition of significant events and performances is now married to 21st Century infrastructure and development. The push for sports tourism already has the base of illustrious talent within the island. Advantage, Trinidad! The Red Force, as the national cricket team is known, was unable to make it three in a row in the Regional Super 50 and continued their struggle in the regional four-day tournament. However, the latter competition saw the first day/night pink ball match to be staged in the Caribbean (at the Queen’s Park Oval), perhaps a hint at the future. The glitzy Caribbean Premier League (CPL) rolled into town, with local franchise Trinbago Knight Riders making the most of the home support to get four wins out of five at the Oval, while securing enough points in the away games to make it to the play-offs held at the new Brian Lara Academy in 2017. Despite losing the play-off, they progressed to the Final via an Eliminator and duly made the crowd at the new venue erupt by winning the

trophy. The subsequent celebrations certainly lived up to the CPL tagline “Biggest Party In Sport.” Away from the Knight Riders’ dazzling squad that included superstars Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine and Kevon Cooper, other Trinidad players such as Kieron Pollard, Akeal Hosein, Nicholas Pooran, shone across the other franchise teams, with special mention of Evin Lewis. The left-hander continued his upward trajectory throughout the year, culminating with an amazing stroke filled 176 in a One Day International versus England in London. The Trinidad cricket conveyer belt rolls on..... Having made it to the CONCACAF Hex group, there were high hopes for the men’s national football team qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Inexplicably, the Soca Warriors lost their momentum and with it the majority of their matches, registering only one win. Dennis Lawrence, appointed Manager in January 2017, has a tough rebuilding road ahead, but he always had a

Circuit Racing Photo: Nicholas Bhajan

CPL T20 - Colin Munro from the Trinbago Knight Riders Team with young fans Photo: Allan V Crane

CCCAN Swimming Championships Photo: Allan V Crane

Brian Lara Stadium Opening Match Photo: Nicholas Bhajan



long term plan - give the road to Russia the best shot and then focus on development. This parting shot was a defeat for the USA team in October 2017. Central FC made it a hat-trick of victories in domestic competition, dominating by leading for all but one of the weeks of the 18-match day competition. The ethos of repeat victories resounded in one of the world’s toughest powerboat events as ‘Mr. Solo’ notched its 18th win in the 103 mile Great Race between Trinidad & Tobago. Staying on the water, Trinity College reigned supreme in Inter School Dragon Boat Regatta, while the Paddle for the Planet global relay event raised awareness and funds for marine conservation. The Central American and Caribbean Championships was held at the National Aquatic Centre and team T&T did not disappoint. The hosts won the overall event - encompassing swimming, water polo and diving disciplines - edging out previous champs, Puerto Rico. A packed golf calendar saw Clint Alfred’s name in the winner’s column including the Sagicor Invitational, while the future looks bright through the eyes of teenager Serena Mackenzie, winner of the TTGA Classic and the women-only Nestle Open. With a brand new National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua and numerous courts across the island, tennis is gaining major ground especially among the youth. T&T took part in the Global Federation Cup competition in Panama, an invaluable experience for the team. Also, 16 players represented the country at an ITF Junior Tournament in St Lucia, with most players advancing and Kyle Kerry and Alexis Bruce claiming the Under 14 titles. The Pan American Track Cycling Championships thrilled crowds at the National Cycle Centre as the best in the Western Hemisphere battled over five days. T&T secured silver in the Team Sprint and bronze via Quincy Alexander in the kilometre time trial. Next, the venue seeks to host a Track World Cup. In 2016 it was a Kenyan, in 2017 it was Mexican José Vare, that prevented local Go Karting Curtis Cox from claiming the Trinidad Marathon Photo: Nicholas Bhajan for the host nation. After a weekend that included cross country and 5k events, the main event saw the usual number of supporters along the 26 mile route from Freeport to Port of Spain, all urging on the runners as the sun rose and the heat began. With the World Athletics Championships taking place in London, there was no post-Olympic ‘tabanca’ for T&T’s athletes. Jereem Richards fulfilled the critics’ predictions with bronze in the 200M before helping the 4x400M Relay team become World Champions in a breathtaking final. Two weeks later Akeem Stewart also took the title of world’s best in the Javelin at the World Para Athletic Championships. They never slowed down, which is how Trinis do their sport, at home and abroad. Roll on 2018, we’re ready!

UANA Cup Waterpolo Photo: Allan V Crane

Horse Racing at Arima Photo: Nicholas Bhajan

Power Boat Racing Photo: Nicholas Bhajan



Machel Cedenio Jareem Richards Jarrin Solomon Lalonde Gordon Photos: Allan V. Crane


T&T take home gold at the World Champs By Sheldon Waithe

When the teams walked through the wall of sparkles that now forms modern athletics’ introduction of the nations, there was no showboating by T&T, instead they exuded focus and conviction. The relative peace and serenity of a Sunday afternoon is pierced by sudden screams. There is no uniformity to the shrieks at the televisions, one minute it’s positive, the next it’s uncertain. But two minutes and fifty-eight seconds later there was only one emotion: pure, unadulterated joy! T&T had just won the 4x400M relay at the 2017 World Athletic Championships. It was the last event of the Worlds and the see-sawing fortunes during the race and subsequent result, prompted the commentator to remark “Trinidad & Tobago bring the house down in London, in style.” Well, they would do it that way, wouldn’t they? When the teams walked through the wall of sparkles that now forms modern athletics’ introduction of the nations, there was no showboating by T&T, instead they exuded focus and conviction. The USA remained the traditional favourites but given the talent and work of this twin-island quartet, the title was there for the taking. Jarrin Solomon gave them a good start, closing gaps before handing over to the 200M bronze medallist Jereem Richards whose raw speed put the team in second behind the Americans, a position that Machel Cedenio maintained. Just as he looked to be fading with a quarter of a lap to go, Cedenio found his famous kick, turned on the afterburners and handed it over to Lalonde Gordon. The USA though, was still in front. Out of the final bend and the Americans seemed to have it sewn up. But Gordon loves this track - he won two Olympic bronze medals on

it in 2012 - and from somewhere, straining every sinew in his body, timed it perfectly to overtake and then distance the USA. Gordon disappeared beneath Richards and Solomon, while Cedenio, plagued with injuries this year, stood nearby in some disbelief. Once again the small nation had punched way above its weight. In that regard the 2017 4x400 gold was the culmination of a long line of relay progress across both genders, for T&T. In 2001, the Ato Boldon led 4x100M team landed Worlds silver, setting the course for a number of medals won by both the 100M and 400M teams at World and Olympic level over the next fourteen years. For a nation with a population of 1.3 million people to draw upon, it is remarkable consistency. By 2015 the women followed suit, breaking new ground with their own 4x100 Worlds bronze. We can dare to dream of an Olympic equivalent come Tokyo 2020; not forgetting that the production line of 400M runners also includes Renny Quow who ran the preliminary rounds at the 2017 Worlds, as well as 2013 World Champion Jehue Gordon. They have the talent and certainly have the attitude, as anchor leg Lalonde Gordon attests, “We knew that if we stayed close with the US anchor that he would crack, so I tracked him all the way, and then took the lead in the straight and said I am gone, this is gold for Trinidad and Tobago.”



T&T: A Global Player

In Sports Tourism By Sheldon Waithe

With the recent completion of some of the best new sporting facilities in the Western Hemisphere, Trinidad & Tobago is pushing sports tourism in a big way, aided by the successful hosting of international events throughout 2017. It’s the stepping stone to maximising the nation’s potential in one of the fastest growing facets of the global market. The jewels of the sport tourism crown, the National Cycling Centre, Aquatic Centre and Tennis Centre were completed in 2016, joining the array of established stadia such as the Jean Pierre Complex, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Shaw Park Complex, Queen’s Park Oval, the Ato Boldon and Larry Gomes Stadium. With the Brian Lara Cricket Academy opening in May 2017, the concrete infrastructure is not only complete but proven. The Lara stadium was christened with a fantastic hosting of the Caribbean Premier League final, while the Cycling Centre held the junior and senior Pan American Championships and now seeks to host a World Cup. Not to be outdone, the Aquatic Centre opened with the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Association Championships. In every instance, top marks were given by all global governing bodies and visiting athletes. Quite simply, these venues are world class. There is also the huge benefit that having one of the healthiest stadia-to-population ratios in the world, will result in the development of more champions emanating from T&T, a nation that has already proven its wealth of sporting talent given its results on the global stage. Success now depends upon the thrust and vision of the Ministry, Sports Minister Darryl Smith, has begun to explore using the facilities as satellite centres to service respective sports, an exercise that will “generate millions of dollars in revenue that will be obtained as countries will now be able to utilise our world-class facilities.” There are also the ‘tag on’ attractions of the unique T&T culture, the year-round warmer climate, beaches, golf courses, culinary excellence, a glittering array of global champions across diverse sporting disciplines and the perfect training reliever of a Trini ‘lime’. Every year the country has put in the hard work to raise the sports tourism bar, now all the factors have come together to enable it to take the giant leap and compete on the world stage.




National Aquatic Centre Pan American Championships Photos: Richard Lyder




Tiki Village

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Appetisers Spicy Chicken Sliders, Shrimp & Chips FROM THE GRILL Jack Daniel’s® Steak, Jack Daniel’s® Chicken Mains – Wicked Chicken, Almond Crusted Whitefish And Jalapeno Shrimp Salads – Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad, 7 Spice Seared Salmon Salad Pasta – Blackened Chicken Alfredo, Shrimp Arrabiata Burgers – Jack Daniel’s® Burger, Philly Cheese Steak Burger Dessert – Chocolate Turtle Cake, New York Cheesecake

KAVA Pizza – Our own signature pizza! Tomato sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, caramelized onions, with toasted walnuts or capers.

Our Special Polynesian Delight A combination of five delectable hors d’oeuvres. A Tiki favourite – Perfect for sharing!

Atlantic Salmon – Teriyaki and mango-glazed Atlantic Salmon, pan-seared with parsley potatoes and julienne vegetables.

Mongolian Beef – Tender beef, sautéed in a hot, spicy hoisin sauce, served over a thin layer of crispy vermicelli.

Prosciutto Salad – Prosciutto with mixed greens, olives, goat cheese, balsamic dressing and pepperoncini salsa.

Jing Shek Ban – Steamed boneless fillet of fish with ginger and chive in a soya sauce.

KAVA’s Bushwhacker – Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, Coconut Rum, Coconut Cream, Amaretto, Grand Marnier and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Walnut Shrimp – Shrimp deep fried and tossed with toasted walnuts in an exotic sauce. Tiki Pork – Tender slices of seasoned pork sautéed with onions, sweet peppers, in a spicy hoisin sauce.

In 1965, Fridays™ opened its first location in New York City. Over the years, TGI Fridays™ has developed a rich food and beverage heritage which includes popularising Happy Hour and creating the Long Island Iced Tea and Loaded Potato Skins. The heart of each TGI Fridays™ is the bar, a stage where that “Friday Feeling” begins and infectious energy is created by the world’s greatest bartenders serving up innovative drinks. Whether for lunch, dinner or late night dining, we always provide an environment that frees our guests to let go of restraints and be themselves. That way they leave our restaurants feeling far better than they did when they first walked through our doors.

KAVA’s eclectic menu features artisan brick oven pizzas, salads, gourmet burgers, pastas, steaks and more. It displays a wide selection of wines, and offers a variety of internationally renowned beers. Its convenient location, along with the crisp and inviting décor, makes it an excellent meeting spot! Enjoy your choice of indoor café styled seating or relax on our outdoor terrace, both providing the perfect setting for casual dining. Whether it’s for a quick bite for lunch, graband-go or a leisurely espresso with tempting desserts, KAVA is the obvious choice.

Tiki Village is a unique Asian-Polynesian Restaurant offering a stunning view of the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, and the Gulf of Paria. Explore our famous Dim Sum menu on Sundays and taste our delicately hand-crafted Asian delights. Or join us for our sumptuous a-la-carte lunches and dinners. Honey-toned wooden pillars and copper masks, locally crafted by our artisans, create a warm ambiance and an elegant background. Perfect for a romantic evening, business meeting or a family outing.

Tel (868) 624-TGIF (8443) Address bpTT Building, Port of Spain Tel (868) 673-TGIF (8443) Address Price Plaza, Chaguanas Tel (868) 653-TGIF (8443) Address Gulf City, San Fernando

Reservations (868) 622-KAVA (5282) Address Kapok Hotel, Lobby Level 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Trinidad Email Facebook Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway Available for functions $$

Reservations (868) 622-KPOK (5765) Address Kapok Hotel, 8th Floor 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Maraval Email Facebook Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway, Available for functions $$$


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Ruby Tuesday Sample Menu Full Rack of Baby-Backs - Our signature slow-cooked and fork-tender ribs that fall off the bone! Classic barbecue, Honey barbecue sauce - Or try one of NEW sauce options: Jerk BBQ | Tamarind | Shadon Beni | Geera BBQ. Ruby’s Surf & Turf Kebabs - Marinated sirloin steak & shrimp, skewered with vegetables, grilled to perfection and brushed with barbecue sauce for a definite crowd-pleaser. Cajun Shrimp Pasta - Grilled Cajun-seasoned shrimp, specially prepared with our Chef’s creamy, tomato-parmesan sauce.

From our bountiful, freshly-prepared salads and flavourful, fork-tender ribs to our mouthwatering, chef-inspired menu items. Ruby Tuesday makes every effort to ensure you get the best casual dining experience. You can expect the same friendly atmosphere and great service at any of our five locations: Movietowne, Port-of-Spain, the City of Grand Bazaar, Price Plaza in Chaguanas, Gulf City, La Romaine and C3 Centre, San Fernando. Don’t have time to dine with us?... Try the convenience of our Curbside Pick-up TOGO! Simply call the branch closest to you! Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 11 pm. Friday to Saturday - 11 am to 1 am. Ruby Tuesday More Choices, More Taste, More Fun! Tel (868) 624-6566 MovieTowne Complex, Port of Spain Tel (868) 663-6566 Grand Bazaar, Churchill Roosevelt Hwy Tel (868) 665-5369 Price Plaza, Chaguanas Tel (868) 653-6566 Gulf City, La Romaine Tel: (868) 657-7829 C3 Centre, San Fernando $$


Waterfront Restaurant

The Centro

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Lunch Vegetable Lasagna - Vegetarian cheese, soy pesto sauce. Seafood Broth - Miso broth, salmon, clams, mussels, rice noodles, chives. Jerk Red Snapper - Stewed red beans, sautéed plantains, tamarind sauce.

Buffalo shrimp Shrimp tossed in a tangy buffalo sauce.

Dinner Seafood Pot - Shrimp, clams, mussels, catch, basmati rice, thai curry sauce. Atlantic Salmon - Green pea mash, pearl vegetables, tomato relish, mango jus. Rack of Lamb - Wild berry cous cous, pimento passion fruit marmalade. Desserts Flavours in White - Light and hazelnut milk pudding, coffee chantilly, vanilla ice cream. Opera Rocher - Layers of chocolate ganache cake, light latte mousse, dulce de leche ice cream.

Waterfront Restaurant invites you to enjoy local and international cuisine with contemporary flair. Featuring fresh seafood, mouth-watering steaks and a bounty of delicious tropical fare, Waterfront promises to take you on an amazing culinary excursion. Savour authentic flavours, magnificent presentations and a gorgeous tropical setting, as you dine indoors or outdoors, with amazing views of the Gulf of Paria. Tel (868) 821-6550 Address Hyatt Regency Trinidad 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Facebook HyattRegencyTrinidad Twitter @HyattTrinidad Instagram Hyatttrinidad $$$

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Grilled chicken apple salad Artisan lettuce, apples, almonds, blue cheese with an apple cider dressing. Smoked salmon & spinach flatbread Caribbean jam-jam Shrimp, chicken, sausage tossed in spices and rice. Charred salmon Served with choice of any two sides. Ray’s favorite pasta Penne tossed with broccoli, oven dried tomatoes, sweet peppers, Kalamata olives & garlic served with your choice of alfredo, marinara or olive oil.

The Centro Restaurant at the Courtyard by Marriott offers a fast casual dining experience serving a blend of local and international cuisines. Our team of culinary experts will ensure that your dining experience with us is memorable. We’re open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for breakfast and from 12:00 noon until 11:00 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Reservations are required.

Tel (868) 627-5555 E-mail Courtyard by Marriott, Invaders Bay Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain $$$

Texas de Brazil Sample Menu Seasonal Salad Area Aged French Cheeses, Smoked Salmon, Marinated Portobello, Lobster Bisque, Brazilian Pasta salad, Sushi, Brazilian Black Beans with pork, Sweet & Sour Fish. Various Cuts of Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Brazilian Sausage Brazilian Picanha, Rack of Lamb, Chicken wrapped in Bacon, Fillet Mignon, parmesanCrusted Pork, Hearty Flank Steak, Filet Mignon wrapped in Bacon. Brazilian Cocktail: Caipirniha Our signature cocktail with fresh fruit and sugar muddled and served shaken.

Texas De Brazil is an authentic BrazilianAmerican churrascaria (steak house) offering you an interactive dining experience unlike anything else in Trinidad and Tobago! Treat yourself to our 50 to 60 seasonal salad area and traditional side items. When you are ready for meat, turn your card to green and prepare to be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of meat until you can say, “No mas!” An extensive wine list, freshly made signature cocktails, and many decadent desserts are available to complete your dining experience. Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Dinner nightly: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm Tel (868) 623-0022 Address Level 2 Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne Invader’s Bay, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain Fixed pricing (All you can eat) $$$ Available for Functions



Ristorante Italiano Sample Menu Antipasti – Fuoco Gamberetti Arrosto Fire-roasted shrimp tossed with fresh herbs, island peppers and spicy garlic butter. Pizzas – Pear, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Fresh pears, caramelised onions, prosciutto and thyme bring out the rich flavours in this sauceless pizza, topped with mozzarella cheese and crumbled fresh gorgonzola. Pastas – Cannelloni Di Pesce Our seafood medley of shrimp, lump crab, baby clams and a blend of cheeses rolled in pasta and baked with mozzarella and parmesan cream sauce. Chicken, Meats & Seafood – Risotto alla Pescatora Shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels simmered with creamy Arborio rice. Desserts Alternating layers of hazelnut cream and chocolate cream, topped with praline hazelnuts

Our inspiration for Rizzoni’s came from generations of secret recipes and techniques from the southern coast of Naples, to northern Italy in honor of the Rizzo/Pisoni families. Welcome to our home. Welcome to Rizzoni’s! Undoubtedly the best Italian cuisine. Lunch served daily: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm. Dinner: Sun to Thur: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm and Fri & Sat: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Download the Rizzoni’s To Go app. Available for functions. Tel (868) 627-RIZZ (7499), 657-RIZZ (7499) Address MovieTowne, Level 1, Fiesta Plaza, Port of Spain. MovieTowne, C3 Plaza/Complex San Fernando $$ Available for Functions

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Samurai Sushi Bar & Steakhouse Sample Menu Appetisers Beef Tataki: Beef top sirloin, bean sprouts, baby lettuce, onion, soy dressing. Zuke Tuna Tataki: Flambéed marinated tuna, garlic chips, sesame, ponzu sauce. Sushi Shogun Roll: Shrimp, tuna, salmon, Hamachi, snapper, chive. Okita Roll: Soft shell crab, orange masago, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayo, teriyaki. Entrée Ishiyaki Beef Steak: 8oz Angus beef rib eye, baby potato, bean sprout, Japanese BBQ sauce. Dessert Green Tea Tiramisu: Two layers of coffee liqueur soaked ladyfingers and a butter cake layer separated by a sweet mix of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream topped with green tea.

Enjoy the Japanese experience at Samurai Restaurant Sushi Bar and Steakhouse, where Japanese born Executive Chef, Kenji Miura creates an authentic culinary experience enhanced with exotic Caribbean flavours. We’re open every day with weekly specials. Wednesdays: Sushi Buffet begins at 6:00p.m.; Thursdays: Japanese Steak and Seafood Night from 6:00p.m.; Fridays: Robata Japanese Grill stirs up the after work lime on our cool and breezy deck and Saturday we offer over 130 wines “By the Glass”. Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am Tel (868) 235-3283 E-mail Address Unit 26 B&C, One Woodbrook Place, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Lunch, Dinner, Dine-in, Takeaway $$-$$$

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El Pecos Grill

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Breakfast Ham & Egg, Cheese & Egg, Bacon & Egg, Western Egg, Sunrise Subway Melt – available in 6”, FOOTLONG or Deli. Lunch/Dinner Premium Subs/Salads/Wraps – Chicken Teriyaki, Oven Roasted Chicken, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Pork Melt, Sriracha Chicken, Fish Fillet.

Meats Chicken – Rotisserie, BBQ, Jerk, Fried, Stewed, Curried, Geera. Beef – Stewed, Pastelles, 100% Burger . Pork – BBQ Ribs, Jerk, BBQ, BBQ Pigtail, Stewed, Ham. Fish – Grilled, Stewed, Fried, Salt Fish and Provision. Lamb – Stewed. Sides Rice – Festive, White, Bhagi, Pelau. Provisions – Steamed Provision, Plantain, Buttered Cassava, Parsley Potato, Steak Fries, Seasoned Fries. Vegetables – Chunky Vegetables, Corn, Melongene Ratatouille, Callaloo, Corn Pie. Salads – Green, Coleslaw, Green Fig, Macaroni, Potato. Other – Macaroni Pie, Peas/Beans, Dumplings, Coo Coo. Saturday Specials Oxtail & Beef Soup, Pig Foot Souse.

Select Subs/Salads/Wraps – Steak & Cheese, Italian BMT, Seafood & Lobster, Meatball Marinara. Signature Subs – Tuna, Subway Melt, Subway Club, Veggie Patty. Classic Subs/Salads/Wraps – Turkey Breast, Black Forest Ham, Roast Beef, Veggie Delite Bread Options Available: Italian, Honey Oat, 9-Grain Wheat, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Oregano. Extras Available: Pineapple, Olives, Jalapeños, Double Meat, Extra Cheese, Bacon. Sauces: Sweet Onion, Red Wine Vinegar, Shandon Beni, Garlic Sauce, Mayo, Olive Oil. Also available: Cookies, Muffins, Brownies, Toasties, Hot Drinks, Cold Drinks.

North: Arima, Barataria, Curepe, Mount Hope, O’Meara, San Juan, Sangre Grande, Trincity Mall, Tunapuna, UWI, Valpark, Valsayn, Piarco. West: Ariapita Avenue, Diego Martin, Frederick St., Glencoe, Hart St., Henry St., Independence Square, Long Circular Mall, Maraval, MovieTowne, Queen & Edward St., Westmall, St. James. South/Central: Couva, Chase Village, Debe, Gasparillo, South Park, Gulf City Mall, High Street, La Romain, Marabella, Mayaro, Montrose, Penal, Point a Pierre, Point Fortin, Point Lisas, Price Plaza, Princes Town, Siparia. Tobago: Lowlands, Orange Hill, Scarborough. Tel (868) 662-5716/645-8158/662-0092 Fax (868) 662 3250 $


Arabian Nights Sample Menu

Meats - Lamb Chops; Beef Strips; Fish Steak; Roasted Garlic Chicken - (leg and thigh or boneless breast). Kebabs - Chicken; Shrimp; Lamb; Kafta. Gyros - Chicken; Beef; Lamb; Shrimp; Fish; Vegetarian. Sides - Moussaka; Garlic Potatoes; Humus or Baba Ganoush; Kibbes (Roasted or Fried); Falafel; Vegetable or Arabic Rice. Salads - Tabouli; Fatoush; Green Salad; Grilled Chicken, Bodi Lasagne; Mixed (all meats).

El Pecos offers you the best in fast casual dining, with a solid reputation for consistently good food and value for money. Indulge yourself in our selection of fire-grilled or slowcooked meats, served with a variety of superb sides. Simply serve yourself, weigh, and pay for your food by the pound. Tel (868) 285-9171 Fax (868) 632-3892 Email Address Diego Martin Main Rd., – 84a Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook – Lower 6th Avenue, Barataria – Fernandes Industrial Centre, Eastern Main Road Dining 10:00 am – 9:00 pm TT$40.00 per lb.

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Arabian Nights is the place to be if you are looking for authentic Arabian cuisine. Located in Highland Plaza, Western Main Road, Glencoe (which is in north-west Trinidad), our restaurant offers unique Arabian flavours to appeal to your taste buds. Our warm and friendly staff and middle-eastern inspired designs are geared toward creating the best environment for you to indulge in your favourite authentic Arabian dishes such as Fattoush, Hummus, Kafta, Moussaka pie all made fresh, Kebabs, Kebbia, Gyros, Tabouli and Shawarma. Try the ever popular Falafel (which is the national dish of middle eastern made with a mix of chickpeas, broad beans, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin and exotic spices) served with the chef’s signature tahini sauce. Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. Open on Sundays and Public Holidays at Management’s discretion. Tel (868) 637-3036 Address Unit #3 Highland Plaza, Western Main Road, Glencoe, Trinidad. $ Email

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Restaurant & Bar

Soong’s Great Wall

INKA Peruvian

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Appetiser Pepper Salt Calamari Succulent morsels of calamari fried to perfection and tossed with garlic, ginger, onions, scallions and fresh Calcutta chillies. Main Course Konjee Crispy Chicken Moist slices of chicken breast crispy fried, heated with our special Calcutta red chili paste and tossed with onions and scallions in a sweet and spicy Konjee sauce. Red Curry Shrimp (Thai, Spicy) Tender pieces of shrimp and select vegetables cooked in a rich, flavourful Thai red curry, made to perfection, coconut milk, fragrant Thai herbs and our red curry paste.

Phoenix Basket A combination of assorted seafood, meats and mixed vegetables presented in an edible basket. Sizzling Tenderloin Beef Beef tenderloin slices stir-fried in black bean sauce and served on a sizzling hot platter. Sesame Shrimp – Golden battered shrimp smothered in a delectable cream sauce and sprinkled with lightly toasted sesame seeds. Lobster Cantonese – Chunks of the finest lobster, delicately cooked with a cream and butter sauce. Dasheen Pork – Slices of pork & dasheen, layered and steamed in a special sauce.

Hakka cuisine is an elegant fusion of Chinese recipes with distinct Indian spices and flavours. Over 100 years ago, the original recipes traveled from Mei Zhou, China to India with the Hakka Chinese people, who eventually settled in Calcutta. Over several generations, the marriage of oriental techniques and Indian ingredients evolved into a gastronomic explosion for the taste buds. Our chefs have travelled from the top Hakka restaurants in Calcutta to meticulously prepare dishes that define the sights, tastes and aromas of the HAKKA experience. Dining or Takeaway 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Mon. – Thur. 11:00 am – 12 midnight Fri. and Sat. 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday Tel (868) 33-HAKKA (42552) Address 4 Taylor Street, Woodbrook, POS Email Facebook Hakka-Restaurant-Bar Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available $-$$


The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall built entirely by hand, making it a remarkable engineering feat. Today, Soong’s Great Wall prides itself on that same personal attention that builds long-lasting relationships, making us a world-class restaurant. Relax and be pampered by our highly trained staff, personally instructed in the art of making you feel welcome. Our famous Wednesday Night Buffet offers succulent lobster, among many other delectable dishes. Don’t miss our Sunday Lunch Buffet. Reservations (868) 652-Wall (9255) / 657-5050 / 652-2583 Fax (868) 653-3834 Address 97 Circular Rd., San Fernando Email Private upper level for special $$ functions & seminars

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Appetiser Ceviche de Pescado Marinated fish cubes in lime, cilantro, red peppers with sweet potato and onion. Tiradito Nikkei Slices of red snapper with soy sauce and red chillis. Main Course Tataki de Atún Sealed tuna, green mango, chives, teriyaki reduction and maras salt. Tacu Tacu en Salsa de Mariscos Savoury Lentil and Rice Pancake, served with sautéed seafood. Lomo Saltado – “THE INFALLIBLE” Traditional Peruvian dish; sautéed sirloin cubes with onions, yellow bell peppers and tomato. Accompanied by rice and fries. A favourite!

INKA Peruvian Restaurant, Port of Spain’s newest dining destination with an ambience of sophisticated vibrance. Created with a passion for fine seafood and a love for entertainment, INKA serves up in a dynamic dining experience. On the cocktail side we offer a variety of native and signature cocktails and drinks. Located at the plaza entrance at One Woodbrook Place, we invite you to dine and celebrate at INKA in an immersive atmosphere and the very best of Peruvian gastronomy. Tel (868) 235-3566 Address One Woodbrook Place, Port-of-Spain Email Lunch, Dinner, Private Functions, Catering $$$

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More Vino / More Sushi

Mélange Restaurant

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Main Course Tagliatelle Pasta Primavera Broccolini, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Kale, Channa, Pinenuts, Parmesan. Pan Roasted Atlantic Salmon Ratatouille topping, sautéed Spinach, crispy Panisse, Tapenade, Red Pepper Jus. Honey-Lavender Roasted Half Duckling Soft Polenta, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Glacé Pearl Onions & Carrots, Blueberry Gastrique. Moroccan Spiced Rack of Lamb Cous Cous, Grilled Vegetables, Chermoula Yoghurt, Harissa Sauce.

Appetisers Shrimp Tempura; Edamame; Calamari; Golden Dumplings; Sriracha Wings; Chicken bombs; Seaweed Salad. Hot Kitchen Chicken Alfredo; Pad Thai; Thai Curries; Dim Sum. Sushi Bar Sriracha Lobster; Double Crunchy; Angry Crab; Iron Chef; Volcano; Tempura Crunchy Ninja; Scorpion Pepper; Nigiri; Sashimi.

Appetiser Warm vegetable salad of mixed greens, kale, chargrilled eggplant, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, toasted pine nuts and polenta crisp/ white wine vinaigrette. Entrée Mini lamb burgers, grilled brioche, bone marrow butter, pepperjack, tomatoes, mint pesto mayo. Desserts Olive oil ice cream with thyme and roasted pistachios.

Chaud Restaurant is the result of a vision held by Khalid Mohammed since he was a young chef. His distinctive cuisine, intense focus and passion for food have made his dream a reality. Chaud Restaurant offers modern, international cuisine with a touch of Caribbean flair. Our elegant and intimate dining room can accommodate up to fifty guests seated, our private dining room is perfect for a business lunch, meetings or special event seating twenty five guests. We are open for lunch Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tel (868) 621-2002, 621-3903 Address #6 Nook Avenue, St. Ann’s, Port-of-Spain. Email Lunch, Dinner, Private Functions, Catering


More Vino is one of the most popular restaurants best known for their sushi. They combine traditional and Caribbean flavours for an undeniable explosion of taste and excitement. Also offered is an extensive selection from the hot kitchen/cooked menu. You’ll feel at home, whether you choose to sit inside or under the grape vines on the terrace. Opening Hours: Sun: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm Mon-Thurs: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm Fri-Sat: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm Tel (868) 622-VINO (8466), 652-8466 Fax (868) 622-2710 Port of Spain – 23 O’ Connor St., Woodbrook Tel (868) 652-VINO (8466) San Fernando – 33 Scott St., San Fernando Email Facebook Instagram @morevinotrinidad Lunch, Dinner, Take away, Catering, $$$ Event Space Rental available

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For 15 years, we have been honoured and humbled to be able to open our doors to both local and international guests, many of whom we know by name and consider to be our friends and family. Renowned Chef Moses Ruben and his daughter Collette, a Le Cordon Bleu London and Paris Graduate, work together to create fresh and innovative dishes which demonstrate a fusion of tradition and modern influences. Everything is prepared with great passion and attention to detail, and presented in an atmosphere of exceptional service. Additionally, our intimate private room- “The 26.2” (named after Chef Moses’ love for marathon running) can accommodate up to 16 persons and offsite catering is also available. Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tues-Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner: Tues-Sat 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm. Dress Code: Elegantly Casual. Tel (868) 628-8687 Address 40 Ariapita Avenue and Cornelio Street, Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Email Facebook & Instagram: @melangett Parking: Opposite CW Interiors (Dinner only) $$$

Island Beer

Annie’s Mandarin

Chill & Grill

Restaurant & Lounge

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Appetisers Chicken Quesadilla - A classic Mexican tortilla, filled with salsa and chicken served with melted cheddar cheese, guacamole, lettuce and sour cream. Hearty Sandwich Brisket Cheese - Sliced, slow smoked brisket with cheddar cheese, lettuce and BBQ sauce on a 6 inch hoagie. Pasta Fettuccine Alfredo - Our creamy, full of flavour homemade Alfredo sauce is mixed with our pasta how mummy used to make it. Smoked Meats: Baby Back Ribs - Our tender and succulent pork ribs are smoked for a minimum of 8 hours and glazed with our signature BBQ sauce, then grilled to perfection, served with your choice of side.

Appetisers Hong Kong wantons; Home styled wanton soup. Main Course Jasmine fried rice; Baby patchoi; Funci with garlic shrimp; Steamed red snapper; Fresh crispy skin pork.

Ever tried Warsteiner Pilsner right off the tap? At Island Beer Chill and Grill you can try over 120 different beers from around the globe such as Lagers, Ales, Stouts as well as Ciders. Come and treat yourself to our slow smoked meats, wings and even pasta to compliment any palate. We feature all major sporting events on our big screens coupled with drink specials weekly. Opening Hours: One Woodbrook Place: Sun - Thurs 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm • Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am. South Park: 11:00 am daily. Tel (868) 235-BEER (2337) Address Shop 41, One Woodbook Place, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Tel (868) 220-IBCG (2442) Address South Park, San Fernando. Facebook and Instagram /Island Beer Chill and Grill Lunch, Dinner, Dine-in, Takeaway $-$$

At Annie’s Mandarin Restaurant & Lounge, we specialise in Chinese and Mandarin cuisines. We prepare and cook fresh food daily for lunch and dinner and cater for all occasions. No MSG is in any of our dishes. There are two popular vegetarian favourites, Ma Pau tofu and hot plate egg plant. Dine inside in air conditioned comfort, or outside, al fresco on the balcony, while you relax and drink some of our Chinese tea or sip on a cocktail while listening to some relaxing music. Opening Hours: Mondays - Thursdays 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 am - midnight. Sundays & Public holidays 10:00 am - 10:00 pm.

Tel (868) 628-3021 (For Reservations) Address Shop # 6, One Woodbrook Place, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Facebook / Annies-Restaurant-and-Lounge Takes Reservations, Good For Kids, Take Out, Catering, Waiter Service, Outdoor Seating $-$$$$

Irie Bites Sample Menu Meats with two sides Pork – Smoked BBQ, BBQ Ribs, BBQ Pigtail Chicken – Smoked BBQ / Jerk / Stewed Fish – Grilled/Jerk, Lamb – BBQ/Jerk Side Bites Jamaican rice & peas, Bhagi rice, Stewed lentils, Steak fries, Macaroni pie, Mixed vegetables, Jamaican festivals, Baked mashed potatoes, Callaloo, Sautéed cassava and Sautéed plaintain Salads Macaroni, Potato, Green fig, Green, Coleslaw Daily Lunch Specials Mon. – Stewed fried fish and two sides Tues. – Chicken pelau, cole slaw, fresh salad Wed. – Jamaican curry goat, white rice, green fig, green salad Thur. – Stewed oxtails, red beans, white rice, green salad Fri. – Stewed pork, calaloo, provisions Sat. – Ackee and salt fish, provisions OR Beef soup.

Ackee and Saltfish

Unique and flavourful, Irie Bites combines the earthy taste of good old Jamaica with the excitement of Trini cuisine. Our signature brand Irie Bites provides mouth-watering authentic Jamaican jerk and smoked BBQ meats. These traditional Caribbean recipies are straight from Grannie’s kitchen table. For those on the go or busy at the office, there’s no need to sacrifice quality and value. Simply call, place your order and collect. Let our red, green, yellow and black sign lead you to a true taste of Jamaica. Irie Bites – savour the experience! Open Hours: Mon-Thur & Sat 10.00am-9.00pm Fri 10.00am-9.30pm and Sun 10.00am-3.00pm Tel/Fax (868) 622-7364 Address 71A Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook $

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Adam’s Bagels

El Bohio

Shianns Food

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Main Course Empanadas: beef, chicken or fish fillet, all full of flavour.

Indian Cuisine Curry shrimp, chicken, beef, goat, duck Vegetables: curry pumpkin, bodi, channa and mango (in season) Paratha, roti, dhosti and dhalpuri. Creole Cuisine Grilled lamb, stewed fish, stewed chicken, Bar B Que, oxtail etc... Coo coo and callalloo, macaroni pie, shepherd’s pie, fresh peas, provisions, potato salad and fresh tossed salad.

Breakfast Friday Special Tomato, melongene, pumpkin and bhagi chokas with whole wheat sada roti. Saturday Special Fried bake and black pudding or buljol, Saltfish accra with tamarind sauce. Lunch Different soups every day, salads and sandwiches. Tea Select hot coffees and teas. Tempting in-house pastries, pies and cakes.

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Arepa: shells pre-cooked, frozen and ready to stuff. Cachapas Our soft, flaky pastry will melt in your mouth. All meats are halal.

Tempt your tastebuds with the very best Trinidad and Tobago spices, blended with authentic Venezuelan spices, and take your next celebration, special event, picnic, party or meeting to another level with fusion cuisine. Try us today! To place wholesale or retail orders, please call us at 1 (868) 799 5665, for delivery or pick up within 72 hours.

Tel (868) 799 5665 (For orders) Email Facebook @ElBohiovenezuelanfood Taste is our blessing!



& Specialty Breads

Palace ltd.

Shianns Food Palace Ltd. is famous for Indian and Creole cuisine menus. With a wide range of customers, from the man on the street to the discerning fellow business owner. What they all have in common is a love for our curry. The slightly piquant goat curry goes well with buttery curried potatoes and channa, pumpkin and a sweet and spicy curried mango that stimulated palates, keep you coming back for more. Soft and yummy paratha is the perfect accompaniment. Shianns’ menu has also extended to include grilled and barbecued meats and salads. Indian breakfast available Mon-Fri from 6:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m. Creole cuisine sold on Sundays only from 11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. Soup on Saturdays - Cowheel. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri from 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Weekends : 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open some public holidays. Tel (868) 304-5004 Address 62 Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain. Caters for all occasions, Dine-in, Takeout

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Adam’s is a family-owned and operated bakery, restaurant, and gourmet shop located in the heart of Maraval. Believing in fresh ingredients, quality products and friendly personalised customer service, Adam has developed strong relationships with his customers over the past 23 years. Adam earned the title: “Best Bakery & Coffee Shop 2013” by T&T Table Talk Awards. Visit us the next time you are in the area and experience the charm and hospitality that is ADAM’S.

Tel (868) 622-2435 Address 15A Saddle Rd., Maraval, Port of Spain Email Breakfast, Lunch, Tea


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Little Caesars®

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Breakfast Croissan’wich with Ham or Bacon; Pancakes; French Toast Eggs; Bacon; Hash Browns. Lunch Whopper; Crispy Chicken; Fish and Veggie Sandwiches; Original Chicken Sandwich; Tendergrill and Tendercrisp Sandwiches; Salads and Desserts.

Lunch & Dinner Chicken (Mild/ Spicy) Chicken Tenders Cajun Fish Popcorn Shrimp Sandwiches Salads Signature Sides

Lunch & Dinner Classic Pepperoni Pizza Cheese Pizza Hula Hawaiian Pizza Three Meat Treat Pizza Veggie Pizza Ultimate Supreme Pizza Caesar Wings Crazy Bread Crazy Sauce


The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER , our commitment to premium ingredients, signature recipes, and family-friendly dining experiences continues to define our brand. Enjoy the diversity of our menu, with FlameGrilled beef options, fish, crispy fried chicken, salads and desserts. We are conveniently located at St. James, MovieTowne Invaders Bay, Maraval, West Mall, Grand Bazaar, Curepe, Tacarigua, Trincity Mall, Price Plaza, Gulf City, High Street, Marabella, Princes Town, Gasparillo and C3 Centre.

Tel (868) 285-9031 Address Restaurant Holdings Limited Restaurant Support Centre 14 Frederick Settlement, Caroni Email Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Discover Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen built around the traditional Southern American home style cooking. At Popeyes, food is our passion and we are renowned for our chicken and seafood. Our chicken is marinated for twelve hours to give you an unforgettable culinary experience. You will ‘Love that chicken!’ Try our signature side items to complete your meal at any of our three Trinidad locations: Movie Towne, Trincity Mall and Grand Bazaar.

Tel (868) 285-9031 Address Restaurant Holdings Limited Restaurant Support Centre 14 Frederick Settlement, Caroni Email Facebook | Instagram @PopeyesTT Lunch, Dinner


Throughout its history, Little Caesars has provided quality pizza at a great price, resulting in outstanding value for customers. Quality and value are core values at Little Caesars, but the brand also represents passion, fun, commitment and a focus on family. Little Caesars has the well known phrase Pizza!Pizza!®. Little Caesars broke the status quo by making pizzas ready when customers walk in, with no need to call ahead or wait in line, with the launch of its HOT-NREADY pizza offer. Visit any of our locations in Trinidad: Gulf City Mall, C3 Centre and Valsayn Branch Road – Valsayn.

Tel (868) 285-9031 Address Restaurant Holdings Limited Restaurant Support Centre 14 Frederick Settlement, Caroni Email Facebook | Instagram @LittleCaesarsTT Lunch, Dinner, Takeout No Calling • No Waiting • It’s Ready Now $

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Ocean Grill Tapas Lounge

Caffé Del Mare

Lighthouse Restaurant

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Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Bruschetta Baked baguette with mezclum of tomatoes, fresh basil and choka. Butterfly Shrimp 4 Seasoned golden fried jumbo shrimp with potato wedges and cole slaw. Greek Feta Cheese Salad Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and house dressing with Feta cheese and olives. Lambie Lambie slowly cooked in a house coconut curried with basmati rice and tostones. Chicken Tika Masala Halal Chicken breast marinated in masala curry, chickpeas, tomatoes and cilantro on Jazmin Rice.

Breakfast Brioche Bun Sandwich with choice of two sides; Choice of Toast, Ciabatta or Bagel with sides; Fruit Bowl. Coffees & Teas Caffé Americano; Cappuccino; Macchiato; Dragon’s Well; English Breakfast. Smoothies CrewsInn Smoothie; Frappuccino. Soups and Salads

Salads Classic Caesar Salad Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad Appetisers Ahee Shrimp Italian Mozzarella Cheese Sticks Sandwiches Beef Hamburger Club Sandwich Catch of the day

Paninis, Wrap and Bagel Ham and Cheese; Turkey and Cheese; Chicken; Cheese; BLT; Steak; Tuna; Mediterranean. Sides Sausage Patty; Virginia Ham; Bacon; Swiss Cheese; Smoked Salmon; Toast.

Specials from the grill Grilled Lobster Tail Surf n Turf Meat Lovers Mixed Grill Signature Steaks 8 oz Tenderloin 10 oz Rib-eye

Everything tastes better ‘al fresco’, so whether you are at Ocean Grill, just for the day or the weekend, tempt your tastebuds with any of our menu selections.

Tel (868) 634-4319 Address Chaguaramas, Trinidad & Tobago Email info@chaquacabana $$ Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available


Our quaint coffee shop, Caffé Del Mare, is a mediterranean treat and is sure to please. With Italian coffee, leaf teas and many epicurean delights – it’s a haven of steamy goodness. Our dynamic setting is ideal for any occasion and our personalised service will make every moment a memorable one. Opening hours Monday to Thursday 8:00 am 6:00 pm. Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Free WIFI zone.

Our LightHouse restaurant is a total sensory experience. It’s the picture perfect setting in which to savour our imaginative cuisine. Our delicious international flair, flavoured with Caribbean piquancy, is sure to impress. You can witness the day change from a delicate pink and peach of the sunrise to a dramatic gold and sapphire of the sunset, from the breezy, open air covered deck, with the company of our delectable cocktails.

Tel (868) 607-4000 (option 5 or 1646) Fax (868) 634-4175 Address Point Gourde, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, West Indies

Tel (868) 607-4000 (option 4 or 1645) Fax (868) 634-4175 Address Point Gourde, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, West Indies

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Dolce Desserts Sample Menu BREAKFAST Crab and Cream Cheese Omelette - 3 eggs, Real Crab Meat, Cream Cheese, Onions. Buljol Omelette 3 Eggs * Buljol (Saltfish/Smoked Herring) A Local Favorite. Breakfast Skillets LUNCH Kale & Quinoa Salad Cranberry Romaine Salad Smoked Salmon Pasta Lobster Mac n’ Cheese $50 weekday Lunch Special 1/2 panini 1/2 soup & iced tea.

Nestled in the heart of San Fernando, this authentic and exquisitely designed European Café is conveniently located with ample parking. Our chefs enjoy preparing creamy and delicious cakes daily, from our gelatin-free, rich chocolate cake mousses to our light and fresh strawberry cream cakes. We specialise in Wedding Cakes as well as Dessert Tables. Dolce Desserts specialises in Artisan Stone Baked Sourdough Breads daily, containing no artificial yeast or preservatives. Tel (868) 221-4545 20-22 Cipero Street, Cross Crossing, San Fernando, Trinidad, W.I. Opens Tuesday thru Thursday 7am-6pm Friday thru Saturday 7am-7pm $ Sunday 8am-12pm Closed Mondays


The Dreamy Creamy Ice Cream Company

Restaurant & Bar

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Flavour Listing Cherry Vanilla –Vanilla ice cream infused with chopped maraschino Cherries. Chocolate – Ice Cream made with a blend of Hershey’s and Cadbury’s Chocolate. Popular Flavour Listing Barbadine – Ice cream made with fresh Barbadine fruit. Coconut – Ice cream made with fresh coconut cream from coconuts grown in Trinidad. Dreamy Creamy Signature Flavour Listing Caramella Nut – Vanilla based ice cream with chopped peanuts Hershey’s Chocolate syrup and Hershey’s Caramel syrup. Manzanilla Madness – Coconut ice cream with chopped peanuts and Hershey’s chocolate pieces.

Lunch Fish Broth; 519 Burger; Classic Bread Pudding. Dinner Curry Duck Wontons; Chicken and Biscuits; Warm White and Dark Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding.

The Dreamy Creamy Ice Cream Company opened its first store on Coffee Street, San Fernando in February 2010 selling a locally produced premium ice cream product. Although not categorising ourselves as homemade, we use the finest ingredients we can find to give customers a product experience that is often compared to leading international brands. We still however take pride in staying as local as we can by using fruits, produce and the freshest cow’s milk from our local dairy farmers.

519 Restaurant & Bar is a social hub located in south Trinidad. It is a trendy open-space for ‘liming’ and dining. Guests are just as likely to come for the famed Sweet Potato Oil Down as they watch a prize fight or a Game of Thrones Episode! Plus being named after legendary Jamaican quickie, Courtney Walsh, there are great Jerk options available. The lunch and dinner menu are already well known for variety and affordability! 519’s cocktails run the gamut from classics to their sought after SexyNGrown Bellini and Sir Courtney! Open Hours – Monday and Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. to midnight. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from noon to midnight. Friday and Saturday from noon to 3:00 a.m.

Tel (868) 223-8664 Address Coffee Street, San Fernando. • SS Erin Road, Debe. • Gasparillo Mall, Gasparillo. • Maraval Plaza Saddle Rd, Maraval. Over 30 Flavours $

Tel (868) 220-0519 Address Courtyard C3 Centre, San Fernando, Trinidad, W.I. Email Facebook 519Trinidad Instagram @519Trinidad Takeaway, Pickup, Dine-In $

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Flavours Restaurant

Himchuli Restaurant

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Appetisers Panko Crusted Midbay Shrimp Marinated deep fried Shrimps in a breaded crust with zesty Ginger Mayonnaise. Wood Raised Rain Forest Cream of Mushroom Soup Fresh Mushrooms slowly cooked in a cream base.

(ALL MEAT’S HALAAL) Appetisers Veg /Chicken Mo: Mo Mince Veg / Chicken with Fresh Seasoning and Spiced Filled in Homemade Pastry Dough (Steam). Main Course Chicken Tikka Masala Tandoori Chicken Cooked in Tomato, Onion and Cashew Paste with Indian Spices. Thai Panang Curry Boneless Lamb cooked with Thai spices, Coconut Milk Powder and Fresh Herbs. Kofta Manchurian Mix Veg with Chef special spices deep fried and served in a Manchurian sauce. Naan Garlic Naan Peshwari Naan Deserts Naram Garam / Rasmalai

Mains Simply Lobster Fire Grilled lobster tail served with Thai Chilli or Grand Marnier Mornay sauce. Black Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderlion Beef Tenderlion served with a Brandy infused Peppercorn sauce. Regent Pork Ribs Succulent rack of ribs grilled to perfection and simmered in a signature Creole Sauce. Shrimp Fajita Marinated Shrimp sautéed with bell peppers & pink onions infused with a Mexican sauce served with black beans and flour tortilla.

Flavours Restaurant • Modern design • Exceptional Signature Food • Impeccable Service • Our menus are of a unique flair influenced from cultures around the world • Dining Hours 6:00am to 11:00pm The Rocks Bar & Lounge • Extensive selection of cocktails, local and international liquors • VIP Lounge • Outdoor Open Air Wooden Decks Tel (868) 669-(STAR) 7827 Fax 669-7000 Address Regent Star Hotel 118-119 BWIA Boulevard, Piarco, Trinidad Email $-$$$$


Himchuli Restaurant existed since the 22nd September 2014, we are known for Authentic Indian, Nepali Cuisine and a Variety of Indian Sweets. We have expanded our menu with Chinese Hakka and Thai Food. We do catering for all occasion, private dining area, take away, we also do reservations. No Alcohol served. Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm Tel (868) 675-8616, 782-8489 Address 101 El Socorro Road, San Juan Email Lunch, Dinner, Take away, Catering, $$ Private dining area, Reservation

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HAYLEY’S Buffet & Bar Sample Menu Soups Caribbean Corn Soup Salads Baby Spinach and Mushroom Salad, Hayley’s Mediterranean Salad. Appetizers Cajun Seafood Medley; Sweet Thai Chili wings; Tamarind Prawns; Hayley’s Surf’n Turf Taster. Mains Salmon Scampi with Mushroom & Spinach pasta; Rack of Lamb; 12oz Ribeye Steak; Hayley’s Ribs and Shrimp; Hayley’s umami Burger. Desserts Warm Brownie A La Mode; New York Cheese cake; Crème Caramel.

Hayley’s Buffet and Bar is a casual-dining restaurant that caters to both families and business customers. With over 30 years in the hospitality industry, our staff strives to ensure that your dining experience is always memorable and that each event held at Hayley’s is a resounding success. These events include Wine Tastings and Product Launches among others. Our business customers can also create an account with us for additional benefits. GREAT CHEF, GREAT FOOD, GREAT TIME! Tel: (868) 640-8539; 221-5873 Address: Trincity Industrial Estate, Corner of Tissue Drive & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Tacarigua Email: $$ Takeaway, Pickup

Lime Inn Sample Menu Starters Creamy Crab Soup Gazpacho with parmesan cheese & “gambas marrakech”. Cucumber Soup with chilli-glazed scallops Acajou chicken salad. Tuna Fish Salad with walnuts, Gorgonzola & roasted beetroot.

Asian Fusion Restaurant Sample Menu Main Course Spicy Shrimp and Garlic Broccoli Stir-fried shrimp in Chinese pepper with mouth-watering sautéed carrots and sweet peppers. Freshly sautéed broccoli in garlic herbed sauce.

Mains Pesto Linguine & Grilled Eggplant topped with parmesan cheese. Caribbean Rub Chicken with pineapple and papaya salsa (picture). Grilled Red Snapper with lemongrass, grapefruit salsa, pack choi & basmati rice. Duck Breast with anjomole, pumpkin creme and roast root vegetables. BBQ Pork Loin with roast vegetables, long beans & cauliflower creme.

TAMNAK THAI Sample Menu Appetiser Tom Yum Gung (World Famous Hot & Spicy Soup) Clear broth with pawns and mushrooms with a distinctive flavour of lemon grass and roasted chilli paste Main Course Gaeng/Kaew-Wan Gai Chicken curries prepared in red or green curry paste and sautéed with fresh vegetables, coconut milk, herbs and spices indigenous to Thailand Kak-Ob Spicy oven-baked rack of spring lamb stuffed with shrimp, chicken and selected Thai seasoning, served in chef’s special sauce

Desserts Nut and Chocolate Tart with grapefruit sorbet Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sabayon and Coconut Ice Cream.

Reflecting our mix of Sweden and Trinidad, our menu is a lovingly created marriage between local and continental influences. Come and relax in a setting that will completely take your breath away. Tel (868) 670-3771 Fax (868) 670-4566 Address Acajou Hotel, Grande Riviere, Trinidad Email Available for Functions, Lunch, Dinner

Asian Fusion Restaurant is a place where you can experience authentic original Chinese cuisine, as well as home away from home local delicious dishes with a variety of choices. Whether you dine-in or takeaway, food is always freshly served and we strive for 100% satisfaction. Our restaurant is not just about selling food but creating a family environment for each member of your family with excellent comfort and service. Local/Creole and Chinese Bar available. Open Hours: Sunday to Monday 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tel (868) 664-2888/3888 Address #13 Hollis Avenue, Arima (Opposite Veladrome) Email Facebook Dine-In, Takeaway, Catering, Functions$$

Tamnak Thai “House fit for a King”. Housed above its sister restaurant, Apsara, newly remodeled with furniture and fittings fit for royalty. Japanese/Sushi is on our menu dinners giving it an Asian culinary twist. You can choose to enjoy meals in an enclosed glass patio looking onto a beautiful garden or dine in one of the exquisitely decorated dining rooms. After the meal, diners are invited to the rooftop, to enjoy cocktails or try our selection of cigars at “Old Havana”; or simply dance the night away at our luxurious, Thai-themed lounge, “Siam”. Open for lunch Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Dinner - Monday to Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tel (868) 625-0647, 625-9715, 625-6061, 621-0459; Fax: (868) 625-6061 Address Level 2, #13 Queen’s Park Savannah East, Port-of-Spain Email Lunch, Dinner, Bar, Take Away, $$$ Private Functions

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Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Specialty Cakes; Cupcakes; French Macaroons; Cake Pops; Brownies; French Desserts; Tea Plates, Snack Boxes; Savoury Menu.

Main Course We specialise in the best tasting grilled food: chicken, fish, lamb, shrimp. Sides Macaroni salad, potato salad, noodles, fried rice, fries and wedge fries, sumptuous beef and chicken burgers. All meats HALAL AL-HAAQ, THE HOME OF BAR-B-QUE and the famous “Hotter than Hot” AL HAAQ pepper-sauce.

Morsels is Trinidad’s #1 online bakery, focused on catering, through online & telecommunication ordering processes, promoting less instore hassle, easy downpayment options via account number, drop off or collection, fresh made when ordered items, with the option to be collected or delivered to your door. Every attention to detail and great service is met through our exclusive order based operation. Let us take you through your life’s sweetest, most savoury and elegant moments, deliciously & hassle free. With an active WIFI connection and internet banking you can place an order and have it delivered without ever leaving the kids, home or office. Morsels had the opportunity to compete on the Food Network, Cake Wars. Tel (868) 393-5066 Address Bay View, La Romaine, San Fernando Email Corporate and Private Catering, Weddings, Birthdays, Parties, Special Occasions, Events


Al-HAAQ, which means “the Truth”, had its humble beginnings on a half-barrel. It has a well-earned reputation for authentic BBQ dishes, having grown to be one of the most popular grill shops in Chaguanas. Also known for its popular Hotter Than Hot pepper sauce, Al-HAAQ is 100% local, and offers only the best grilled food, prepared from the best, fresh seasoning and finest ingredients in T&T. Truth be told, AL-HAAQ is THE HOME of Bar B Que.

Tel (868) 672-2903 Address Montrose Main Road, Chaguanas Piarco International Airport Outdoor Food Court, Trinidad Facebook Al Haaq Bar B Que Caribbean Ltd $ Eat In or Takeaway

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NICHOSSA Restaurant Sample Menu Breakfast – Mexican omelette, Belgian waffle, croissant. Special Café Meals – Stuffed chicken breast, roast beef and gravy, blackened shrimp. Italian – Vegetable lasagna, chicken & shrimp fettuccine Alfredo. Salads – Sesame chicken salad, Tex Mex steak salad. Paninis – Grilled chicken & bacon, Portobello mushroom. Wraps – Maracas shark, Tandoori chicken. Burgers – Beef, turkey, salmon or vegetarian. Sweet Things – Opera cake, French macaroons, date squares. Savoury Bites – Beef pies, cheese puffs, chicken quiche.

Nominated in three categories at the “Table Talk” awards in 2016 and now celebrating 16 years, we are proud to invite you to our caféstyled restaurant and specialty bakery, which offer diners a comfortable yet classy dining experience of American-styled breakfasts with unique teas and coffees, followed by a wide selection of light to full meals for lunch and dinner. We produce a large variety of sweet and savoury items, ranging from local classics such as coconut drops and beef pies to truly decadent treats like the chocolate mousse cake and the red velvet cheesecake. Open Monday-Saturday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, this restaurant is definitely worth a visit. Tel (868) 652-8912 Address Rainbow Plaza, Gulf View Link Road, Gulf View, San Fernando Email Specialty bakery, breakfast, lunch, $ dinner, catering for functions


Restaurant & Bar Sample Menu Main Course Full / Half Rack of Ribs BBQ Pork Ribs slow-cooked, melt-off-the-bone Pork Ribs, served with fresh hot French Fries and Onion Rings. Grilled Tilapia Broiled fillet of Tilapia served on a bed of rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables. Top 7oz Sirloin Tender cuts of steak, grilled to perfection, served with fresh hot French Fries and Onion Rings. Private Reserve Ribeye Steak Premium Steak cut to include the flavourful cap and the juicy tip. A luxurious cut that leaves nothing to chance. Served with a choice of two sides.

Enjoy the best of all worlds at Toppers Restaurant & Bar. Choose from our international menu of appetisers, entrees & desserts or relax with one of our many handcrafted cocktails. Dine indoors in air-conditioned comfort or relax on our spacious covered outdoor deck. Thursdays we take you back with all Retro music videos on our 15 LCD screens and ‘live’ bands at 9:00 pm. Hours of Operation: Sun - Thur 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am “Great food, Awesome drinks, Exciting times...” Tel (868) 645-8677 Address Grand Bazaar, Valsayn Tel (868) 653-8677 Address South Park Mall, Tarouba Facebook ToppersTT Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available


J-ZZ’S International Steak House

The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Appetizers/Starters Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Back, Buffalo Wings, Escargot, Jalapeño Poppers, Onion Rings, J-ZZ’S Golden or Sauteed Calamari Rings. Seafood Catch of the Day, Pink Salmon, Lobster (Grilled/Broiled), Surf ’n Turf. Steaks Fillet Mignon, Rib Eye, New York Strip, T-Bone Porterhouse, Pork Ribs. Baby Back Ribs, Lamb, Pork

Appetiser Chicken Wings Style (Jerk, BBQ, Buffalo, Hong Kong and Pepper wings). Geera pork , Rise Signature Pepper Lamb, Pepper Beef. Shrimp (Hong Kong, Pepper Shrimp, Batter Fried, Grilled Sharable Platters Seafood platter, Vegatarian platter, Tomato Bruchetta. Lunch & Dinner Special Rise Signature Pesto Burger; Classic Smokey BBQ ribs; Bone in Ribeye; Fillet Mignon; Parmesan Chicken; Lobster; Catch of Day. Sides Baked Potato; Sweet Potato Fries; Garlic Smashed Potato; Vegetables Rice; Grilled Corn On the Cob; Plaintains.

Enjoy sizzling steaks @ our international family lounge or Lime & Dine at our world class bars. Located in the industrial town of Couva, one minute’s drive from Point Lisas, in central Trinidad. With the widest range of cocktails you could ever imagine, J-ZZ’S has three bars, with a separate smoke-deck bar, plus a conference room with its own bar and full business and training facilities. J-ZZ’S has over 20 screens for your comfort and caters for private parties and functions as well. Entire ground floor furnished with open Wi-Fi facility. Reservations (868) 636-5997 (JZZS) Address Corner Gibbs Street and Southern Main Road, Couva, Trinidad Web Special Catering and Local Cuisine

The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant invites you to a wonderful dining experience. An appetising international menu to choose from while you enjoy live entertainment. Great food and drinks served by warm friendly customer service representatives. Lunch specials starting from TT$35.00. Safe and secure parking available. Tel (868) 665-5627 Mobile (868) 685-1723 LP 62, Rodney Road, Endeavor Rd., Lange Park, Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I. Email

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3D Map: Ernest Matthews

Tobago Heritage Festival Photo: Andrea de Silva


obago Heritage Festival Tobago’s annual Heritage Festival is an explosion of traditional song, dance, drama, food, drink and …nostalgia. It’s like opening a time capsule, unearthing a chest of ancestral gems.

By Roslyn Carrington



The calm and sunny skies of Tobago belie a turbulent history. Over several hundred years, the isle has been invaded by tribes hostile to the indigenous people, followed by the French, Dutch, and English imperialists; then came annexation and independence. With every arrival, new traditions took root. Today, Tobago celebrates this legacy during its Heritage Festival, which runs for two weeks in villages and towns across the island, until August 1st, the Emancipation Day holiday. The Moriah Ole Time Wedding is an elaborate bit of street theatre that involves a mock wedding ceremony between an elaborately dressed bride and her dapper, tophatted groom. They’re accompanied by men in stove-pipe hats and tails, and women in satin gowns, their gloved hands clutching parasols or bouquets. The “wedding party”

Moriah Ole Time Wedding Tobago Heritage Festival Photos: Wendell Nana-Moore/ FlashBooth

makes its way through the streets towards the celebration hall, often dancing the “brush-back” or the “reel and jig”, while the musicians play Tambrin drums, fiddles and flutes. On Charlotteville National Treasures Day, villagers demonstrate “dancing the cocoa”, a process similar to grape-stomping that prepares the beans for further processing; as well as the more sombre funereal tradition of “washing the dead-bed”. Musicians drum out rhythms on the Tamboo Bamboo, lengths of bamboo with a booming echo, while dancers Limbo low. Others bake bread in clay ovens, wash clothes on washboards by the river, and juice stalks of sugar cane with a simple press called a “Batty Mill”. Select villages, such as Les Coteaux and Pembroke, host musical performances featuring elaborately costumed performers who sing folk songs, dance the Bele, and produce skits. There are also presentations of old-time games that are certain to make children put down their cell phones and

join in hoop-rolling, top-spinning, and egg-andspoon races. For those who dare climb to the top of the greasy pole, there’s a prize waiting! Of course, you can’t celebrate our festivals without Carnival, even if it’s out of season. The Plymouth Old-Time Carnival and J’ouvert is as muddy, paint-splashed and fun as the original. Another must-see is the Pulling of the Seine at Black Rock, in which villagers gather to help fishermen bring in the nets. There’s often a sharing of the day’s catch for anyone who helps. Tobagonians are justifiably proud of their history, and nowhere does it show more than in the pageantry and sheer exuberance of the Tobago Heritage Festival. Find out more at or call 639-4441 /5016. Email:



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Stewart is acutely aware that the trail he’s blazing is an inspiration for budding Paralympic athletes across T&T

Photo: Allan V Crane

Akeem Stewart Paralympic Champion By Sheldon Waithe He’s got the full complement of medals available on the international stage and for good measure, a few world records along the way. Yet Akeem Stewart - Olympic Gold and Silver medallist, World Champion and Para-Pan Am Games Champion - is not resting on his laurels. Given that he secured that Rio 2016 gold with two world record javelin throws within the space of an hour, eclipsing his world’s best set at the World Championships the previous year, Stewart still feels that there is work to be done. The thirst to improve previous performances and test the limits of his ability is a major driving factor for the Tobagonian competitor. Stewart is acutely aware that the trail he’s blazing is an inspiration for budding Paralympic athletes across T&T: “These medals helped to bring awareness within Trinidad and Tobago as I had a lot of media attention and the public reaction was really good.” His phenomenal success is in good company alongside fellow Trinidadian Keshorn Walcott, the London Olympic 2012 javelin gold medallist. Akeem takes it further, not only pressuring that shoulder with javelin throws but also with the weight of the discus and shot put. If the intensity of competing in three field events seems daunting, Stewart has the advantage of longevity and lineage, “I got involved in athletics at the age of seven and eventually I gravitated to the shot put because my father was a shot putter, my brother was a shot putter, and my uncle was a



shot putter, so I just carried on with the family tradition.” That tradition and the subsequent results that have made him a Paralympic star, led to Stewart getting a head start for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. In late 2017, he toured Japan after accepting the offer of being the subject of a documentary that will form part of the promotion of the Games. While there, Stewart underwent a number of biomechanical tests which convinced him that he is still not fulfilling his maximum potential. Naturally, this has created further motivation to add to the medal tally. “I discovered what I have been doing to contribute to my strength and power.......and my weaknesses. I have to do more strength training.” This is liable to cause alarm bells to his competitors from other nations. Stewart is seeking to become stronger? Consider that at the 2017 World Championships he was unable to rotate during the shot put due to injury, so instead he let fly from a standing position and broke the world record by almost five metres. Away from the field and the gym, he is constantly researching technique and learning more about his abilities and how to maximise them. “One of the reasons why I am able to throw far distances with little effort is mostly because the length of my arms is longer than usual.” Which is just as well, because Akeem Stewart cannot stop reaching for the stars.

Tobago Festivals By Roslyn Carrington

Tobago has an undeniable beauty and serenity, but just like its coral reefs, there’s also life, colour and energy teeming beneath the surface. Tobago Carnival Although smaller than its Trinidad counterpart, it’s great fun; join a Carnival band, concoct your own costume, or stand on the sidelines, snapping away and getting into the groove. Great attention is paid to the more traditional elements of mas’ here, like old-time characters and impromptu musical “sides”.

Crab and Goat Races Easter time is exciting, with fairs and events being held in almost every village. The Buccoo Village Goat and Crab Race Festival takes place on the Tuesday after Easter. Watch “jockeys” sprint alongside their fleet-footed goats, in a race where the competition is fierce. Even more unusual is the crab race, in which bewildered blue crabs wander along the track. While the winner may earn cheers at the finish line, even success won’t keep this crab out of the curry pot!

St. Peter’s Day As people who often depend heavily on the ocean for a living, Tobagonians often pay homage to the sea. The Feast of St. Peter begins with church services in seaside villages, followed by the blessing of the boats, to ensure safe travels and bountiful hauls over the year. This is followed by feasting, music and laughter well into the night.

Harvest Traditional African and Christian customs meld during Harvest festivals, celebrated in thanksgiving for fertile land and bountiful crops. A service in the village church is followed by the breaking of bread among neighbours, song, drama and good cheer.

The Great Race The Great Race is the largest of the local boat races, with powerboats blistering their way across the waters between Trinidad and Tobago. The event has expanded to fill an entire weekend, with round the clock fêtes.

Blue Food Festival Celebrating the versatility of root vegetables, especially the delicious blue-tinged dasheen, the Blue Food Festival is part cooking contest, part picnic. You can taste “oil down”, dasheen fritters, fries, pies… and ice cream.


Crab and Goat Races Bottom: Tobago Carnival Photos: Piotr Andrews Curried Crab Photo: Gary Jordan




No Man's Land Photo: Jason Sookermany

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Sight Seeing in Tobago By Jason Radix

The branding of “Clean, Green, Safe & Serene” resonates when travelling across Tobago’s 116 square miles. Historically, Tobago was the most sought after territory in the Caribbean, changing hands over 30 times from the early 1500s to the 1800s. The names of towns and villages from Les Coteaux to Lambeau, Glamorgan to Signal Hill, the remains of plantations, forts and churches, the landscape, language, music and cuisine all reflect the island’s diverse heritage. Forts & Batteries Spread across the island, each site is rich in history and intrigue, with rolling hills and panoramic views of both the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts. Fort King George in Scarborough is the largest of these and sits above the Capital with an expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean and an impressive view of Trinidad’s north-eastern tip. It is open daily to the public with an onsite Museum and Lighthouse, and is widely used for photoshoots and picnicking. Fort James is located in the town of Plymouth, and it is the oldest fort on the island. Overlooking Grand Courland Bay with views to Pigeon Point on the Caribbean side. Its rustic structure with the coral-façade for the powder magazine alongside impressive cannons all add to the ambiance. Also within walking distance are the Mystery Tomb of Betty Stiven and the Courlanders Monument built in tribute to the first European settlers. Additionally, it is worth visiting Fort Bennet located in Black Rock, Fort Milford in Crown Point, Fort Granby in Studley Park, Fort Betsey’s Hope in Betsey Hope and Fort Cambleton in Charlotteville. These were considerably smaller defenses and although devoid of powder magazines (making them Batteries), they are equally interesting sites.

Fort King George Inset: 18th Century Cannon Photos: Jason Sookermany


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Overlooking Great Courland Bay, with four cannons pointing to sea, this Fort was established in the 1760s by the British. Named after James, Duke of Courland, the Fort boasts a spectacular view.

Fort James Photo: Jason Sookermany Inset: Argyle Waterfall Photo: Stephen Jay Photography

Main Ridge Forest Reserve Near the middle of the island is a significant feature for visiting nature lovers, the oldest protected forest in the western hemisphere, which was proclaimed as a protected area in 1776. The rainforest reserve covers an area of just under 4,000 hectares with several demarcated hiking trails. Guided tours can be arranged with any of the resident certified guides who operate in the area or through the Bloody Bay Visitor Centre. Walking tours along the forest trails are always rewarding with regular sightings of native flora and fauna.

Waterfalls Although few waterfalls exist on the island, they are all relatively easy to get to with little effort. The most popular and highest of these is the Argyle Waterfall which is open daily to the public with guided tours led through a lush cocoa estate. Both the Castara and Parlatuvier Waterfalls are also worth the trip.

Little Tobago or Bird of Paradise Island The one-kilometre sanctuary island of Little Tobago, located just off the coast of Speyside, is another on the list of places to visit in Tobago. Daily glass-bottom boat tours are available from the village to witness the diverse pelagic and perching birds seen throughout the year. Walking tours on the island end with intimate views from the cliff’s edge of hundreds of nesting and foraging sea-birds. The glass-bottom boat views and snorkelling opportunities of the many surrounding coral reefs are spectacular. Trips to Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool and No Man’s Land, any of the many pristine beaches, amazing dive-sites, scenic look-outs, historical buildings, cafés, restaurants, bar and hotels, are ready for you to explore.

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Pirates Bay

Batteaux Bay

Arnos Vale Beach

At the north-eastern tip of the island is a seafront spot that is remote and mysterious. A beach that is loved by all who visit. This sheltered bay was supposedly a hide-out for roving Pirates, today it’s one of the most popular beaches on the north end of the island.

Translated as “Bay of the Boats”, it is a short shoreline nestled between Tyrrel and Belmont Bays. It’s a popular site for scuba, snorkelling, glass bottom boat and bird-watching tours to and around Little Tobago Island. The calm clear waters also make it appealing to regular beach goers.

The favourite Tobago beach of this author is the beautiful cove on the Caribbean Coast, accessible from the town of Plymouth through to the horseshoe shaped bay with its golden-sand beach. Shallow reefs can be seen from the shore, making it one of the best snorkelling sites on the island.

Photo: Jason Sookermany

Photo: Jason Sookermany

Photo: Jason Sookermany

Beach More By Jason Radix

Pigeon Point Photo: Jason Sookermany

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No Man’s Land

Buccoo Point

A signature attraction for residents and visitors, often featured in combination with the nearby Nylon Pool. There are daily boat tours to the pristine uninhabited sandy fringe which is an extension of the Bon Accord Lagoon.

Most famous for the weekly steelband show, live performances (called Sunday School), and Goat Racing during the Easter Holidays, it is also a scenic spot for swimming, horseback riding or to simply enjoy the beautiful sunsets.

Photo: Jason Sookermany

Photo: Piotr Andrews

Mt. Irvine Beach

A popular family beach with picnic sheds, changing rooms, bar and restaurant facilities. Most famous for the seasonal ocean swells which attract local and visiting surfers. Photo: Piotr Andrews

24 Hours IN TOBAGO By Duane Kenny

Touring Tobago will leave you breathless, from the scenic beauty to the folk tales that make the isle so unique. A drive from Crown Point along Shirvan Road, through Arnos Vale and the Northside Road, has just the right mix of lush rainforest with stunning views of the coast. The destination is the serene beauty of Castara Village. Along the way you will drive through the village of Les Coteaux, where you can't miss the monumental Silk Cotton Tree encroaching on the road. This tree is the inspiration for one of Tobago's great folk tales. The story is of a mystical spirit, a witch named Gang Gang Sarah, who flew to Tobago to emancipate the slaves, fell in love and married, living a long, happy life in the Caribbean island. After her spouse died, she decided to return to her African homeland using magical powers of flight. Unfortunately, Sarah had eaten salt earlier in the day with a meal (which is a no-no in the witch world), as a result she lost her powers of flight and on jumping from the tree, fell to her death. A sad tale of love and heartbreak. You may hear of more folklore once you arrive at Castara. Head to a restaurant on the north side of the beach, it’s a great place to grab a cold beer or a delicious lunch. The white sand and emerald waters are lovely but it's also made more unique by the visiting southern stingray, often seen in the bay.


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The more adventurous can swim to the north point and the bay beyond, where the marine life is rich and diverse. After a lazy morning on the beach, head to Castara's waterfalls. It's a short drive to the football field situated just opposite to the school, then a quick walk along the south side of the field where a river hugs the outskirts. Follow this river for 10 minutes and you will reach the waterfall where you can wash off the salt water and rejuvenate yourself with a refreshing bath. After a full day of exploring, you will enjoy the nearby restaurant that boasts one of the best views in Tobago, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the local cuisine, have a cocktail or early dinner before the drive home. Castara Bay Photo: Andrea de Silva Inset: Silk Cotton Tree Photo: Christopher Anderson

Sherman’s Auto Rentals

Rattan’s Car Rental / Rainbow Resort

This vibrant, service-oriented company is operated by a staff that is dedicated to tourism in Tobago. We boast over 20 years in the Automobile Industry and today we offer Car Rental Services on the beautiful island of Tobago. Our clients are offered a choice of quality vehicles including cars, buses and SUVs. Meeting and greeting on arrival at the airport or at your holiday accommodation.

A family run business operating for over 30 years, offering affordable car and apartment rental service. Located a twominute drive from the airport and walking distance to mini marts, shopping plaza, banks/ATM and some of the best beaches (Pigeon Point and Store Bay). Our homely apartment comes with a full kitchenette, a/c bedrooms, private patio and a swimming pool. FREE pick up and drop off to the airport with the rental of a vehicle. SUVs to sedans all fully loaded.

Tel (868) 639-2292 Fax 868) 639-3084 U.S. direct line: 1 (469) 532-2544 U.K. direct line: 1 (011) 44 (865) 594706 Address Lambeau Village, Tobago, W.I. Email |

Tel/Fax 1 (868) 639-8271 (Rattan’s Car Rental) Tel/Fax 1 (868) 639-9940 (Rainbow Resort) Address Milford Road, Crown Point, Tobago |

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Tobago Fashion Coda Photo: Andrea de Silva

Tobago Shopping 2018 By Roslyn Carrington Shopping in Tobago is such an unadulterated pleasure that you can indulge to your hearts content and still remain guilt-free. There’s so much creativity and colour that you’ll spend almost as much time choosing your latest treasure as you’ll spend using it! The beaches, airport, port and resorts are always populated by vendors clamouring for your attention. The first thing to strike you will be the assortment of handmade candies. Tobago’s sweets are legendary: Bene balls and sticks — toasted sesame seeds in a crunchy brown sugar coating — top the most-wanted list, and are followed by coconut sugar cakes, nut cakes, and Toolum sticky with molasses. Stain your fingers red with sweet and peppery pickled plums, mangoes and pommecythère.

Photo: Stephen Broadbridge


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Photo: Stephen Broadbridge

Other vendors are eager to outfit you for your days at the beach, with sarongs, caps, straw hats and towels. Loop Photo: Jason Sookermany strands of beads round your neck and wrist, and twist them into your hair for a true vacation vibe. There’ll be souvenirs aplenty to choose from, including statuettes and ornaments carved in wood, leather, or clay. It may be pushing the envelope a bit to call the array of beachside eating places “shopping” but they’re just too good to pass up! Store Bay is probably the best known site for foodies to visit, as the selection of booths and variety of dishes will make your head spin. Throw your diet sheets out the window and sample traditional Tobagonian cuisine, like curried crab and dumplings; stewed pork, red beans and rice; fried fish and ground provisions; or callaloo and coo-coo (it’s like polenta, but with ochroes; you’ll love it). Of course, there’s more to Tobago than street fair shopping, Shoppes@Westcity in Canaan satisfies every shopper's palate and pocket, offering a variety of clothing and shoe shops, restaurants, cafés and a well-stocked Penny Savers supermarket. Mini-malls have been popping up along major thoroughfares, and Gulf City in Lowlands, located just outside of Scarborough, is home to Movietowne. So enjoy the many choices because it’s not a vacation unless you’re all shopped out!

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e f i L d o o G e h t n i By Paul Hadden

It’s amazing how much can change in a short plane ride from Port-of-Spain to Crown Point. Located just 83 kilometers off the north coast of Trinidad, Tobago offers visitors a completely unmatched experience. Where Trinidad sizzles with energy and movement, Tobago sparkles with natural beauty. Sporting glittering turquoise water and countless white sand beaches, untouched rain forests, vibrant coral reefs, and waterfalls, Tobago is a haven of unspoilt natural wonder.

Tobago Plantations Beach & Golf Resort Photo: Christopher Anderson


For the more historically minded visitor, the many forts scattered across the island will give some insight into what the island has been through. A quick look at the linguistic diversity of the names of towns such as Les Coteaux, Black Rock, and Auchenskeoch also give visitors a glimpse into Tobago’s turbulent colonial past. Regardless of budget or accommodation preference, Tobago has something to meet your needs. From luxury high-end villas and all inclusive spas, to more modest bed and breakfast accommodations and cozy cottages by the sea, there are a host of available options for the intrepid Caribbean traveller. Staying in one of the many hotels near to the airport will give visitors easy access to two of the more popular beaches on the island – Store Bay and Pigeon Point, whereas a stay on the east coast would offer a more relaxed experience, far removed from the bustle of the touristy hot-spots. These days, many vacationers are looking to the internet to help them find accommodation that is just right. Sites like Tripadvisor and provide visitors not just with information on the properties themselves, but also with reviews from fellow vacationers. There are also newer options to consider such as Airbnb which allows visitors to privately rent houses, apartments, or even just a room in a house. For those who don’t have the time or desire to conduct extensive research online, or who desire a more traditional, personalised approach, there are a host of professional real estate services which can help visitors find the perfect short-term rental for their vacation. If you are looking for luxury accommodation, Villas Are Us Ltd. can help you choose from a wide range of beautiful villas. Other great options like Caribbean Estates, RAIN Property Management and Sugar Mill Suites at Tobago Plantations, offer property sales and a variety of both short and long-term rentals. No matter whether you choose the traditional or the online approach, finding great accommodation is the first step towards your rejuvenating Tobago vacation.

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RAIN Property Management We offer a highly personalised service which includes Vacation Villa Rentals, Property Management, Property Sales, Commercial Rentals, Long & Short term House Rentals. We go the extra mile, tailoring our searches to find you land or property to suite your personal needs. We provide a friendly and efficient service, no matter what your budget. Our knowledge of the local market enables us to advise you at a professional level, yet with warmth and friendliness of our island people. Tel (868) 631-0766, Mobile: (868) 796-0820/497-2955/295-0288 Crown Point Shopping Mall, Store Bay Local Road (Green Plaza), Crown Point, Tobago Email

Villas Are Us Ltd. Villas Are Us Ltd. is a small full-service, luxury vacation agency offering villas that are all beautifully appointed and among the most ideally situated, on the Caribbean side of the island. Though each has its own unique appeal, all offer the very best in terms of accommodation and necessary holiday amenities. With Villa Mirage, the one to keep in mind for all big events near to the beach or poolside, take your pick! Our caring staff and network of experienced providers are committed to seeing that your every need is met. Tel (868) 481-5986 / 326-0543 / 639-4163 Black Rock, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago Email

Caribbean Estates, Lands & Villas Whether you are looking to purchase your dream home or land, a holiday villa getaway or a commercial investment, our friendly and professional staff are on hand to help you find the perfect property. Our experienced sales and rental agents have extensive knowledge about the Tobago property and rental market and can advise you in all aspects of buying, selling or renting. For beautiful properties throughout Tobago, Residential and Commercial Sales and Holiday Villa Rentals.

Tel: (868) 639-LAND / 639-5263 / 639-9663; Fax: (868) 639-2258 Address Cor. Milford & Golden Grove Roads, Canaan, Tobago, W.I. Email:;

Sugar Mill Suites Sugar Mill Suites (Paradise Rentals Limited) located at Tobago Plantations Beach & Golf Resort offers luxury vacation rentals in a beautiful manicured tropical Resort. One can choose between our comfortable luxurious modern ‘homes’, our elegant oldfashioned condos style units and our cozy bungalows. These types of accommodation offers you the conveniences and excellent service one can expect from a top-class resort. Find out more about Sugar Mill Suites Condos, Bungalows and Villas to better accommodate you. Life is always sweeter at Sugar Mill suites! Tel (868) 631-1054, 639-8000 Tobago Plantations Beach & Golf Resort, Lowlands, Tobago. Email

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Tobago Jazz Experience Photo: Andrea de Silva

Shabba Ranks Photo: Andrea de Silva

All That 'Bago Jazz

World Class Performances By Alva Viarruel

The integration of Caribbean music, arts and culture received a fillip last year as the Tobago Jazz Experience (TJE) brought together musicians from across the region. Local acts and in particular Tobago talent, were thrown into the spotlight and provided world class performances throughout the week of TJE, which for the first time, also featured the screening of locally produced films and shorts at select restaurants. By the time the curtain came down on TJE 2017, organisers had already decided to go back to the proverbial drawing board to ensure that next year’s 10th anniversary show would not only showcase world class acts, but expand the audience. Jamaican actress and musician Grace Jones gave a timeless, dramatic performance that included the chart topper ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’, and showcased her trademark eclectic costumes.


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The closing night Beach Jazz Fiesta featured Barbadian saxophonist Elan Trotman as well as veteran St Lucian guitarist Ronald “Boo” Hinkson and his troupe, with lead singer Irvin “Ace” Loctar giving a memorable performance, as did singer Llettesha Sylvester, before Grace Jones returned with great fanfare. The free opening show, Jazz In The East, at the spacious and picturesque Speyside grounds to the north-east of the island, was almost filled to capacity by fans well versed in traditional Reggae/ conscious lyrical performances. Jamaican group Morgan Heritage was the headline act, and Roy “Gramps” Morgan, his brother Peter, sister Una and their band, did not disappoint. Singing hits like ‘Perfect Love Song’, ‘She’s Still Loving Me’

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and the infectious ‘Down By The River’ as well as ‘Mount Zion’ medley, they worked up a genuine sweat and had the crowd dancing. A cadre of local entertainers featured prominently at the show. Notable standouts included Gadda Knight and Stylish Boss, whose brash Reggae routine was world-class, as was the case with vocalists Stephanie Joseph, Kay Allen, Janelle Winchester and Adanna. Interestingly, the Jazz on the Waterfront show at the Scarborough Esplanade, was a well-executed production on three stages and provided a memorable night of entertainment. Local singers Yolanda, Marissa Diaz, Lynette Louis and Matrix the Band were shown great appreciation by the audience. World Music night kicked off the weekend at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park and saw Kes The Band (KTB) with lead vocalist Kees Dieffenthaller, and rap artist Chromatics delivering outstanding performances. Haitian-born US-based entertainer Wyclef Jean kept the place pumping with his unique style of entertainment. It was a case of singing very little but entertaining a whole lot, as he had the audience in a frenzy with the re-mix of the Trinidad Carnival 2017 hit “Full Extreme” by Ultimate Rejects, while he roamed through the crowd freely and even into the VIP section. Jamaican veteran Shabba Ranks brought the curtain down on World Music Night. “Mr Loverman” performed well-loved classics including ‘Ting A Ling A Ling’ and ‘Telephone Love’ to name a few, gyrating and energising the crowd, proving that he still had what it takes to be a great entertainer. Although there wasn’t a Saturday night performance at TJE, a late afternoon musical fiesta on the stunning Pigeon Point beach was well attended and provided another showcase for local and regional talent.

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Tobago’s Fashion Weekend

Cool, Candid, Coda By Roslyn Carrington Some of the hottest designers and models on the international fashion scene call the Caribbean home; growing up surrounded by hummingbird-colours, in a culture characterised by pageantry and fanfare has no doubt influenced designers to redefine Caribbean couture. Tobago Fashion Coda 6 takes place at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort on the 26th April, 2018 coinciding with the popular Tobago Jazz Experience. Here, established local and international designers share the runway with young up-and-coming talent, displaying clothing, accessories and jewellery. Local designers include Dayle Angus; Yesa Designs; I Say U; Charu Lochan Dass; Ecliff Elie; and Cee Wee Designs. Organisers also include students from nearby secondary schools. Also making a splash is the Tobago Fashion Weekend, which will be held in 19th to 20th May, 2018 at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park. This event includes at least two major fashion shows, along with workshops to boost participants’ knowledge of the process and business of fashion. “Tobago fashion,” is described as, “fun, more vibrant, more relaxed. It tells a story about who we are as a people”. Past designers featured at the event include Amen Printhouse; Stacy Smith; JESwear by Jillian Salandy; Dominic Hutch; Marie Collette; Movement Bago; Iris Atsin; and Wadada Movement. Visit Facebook for more on Tobago Fashion Coda and Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Week.

Photo: Andrea de Silva

Pigeon Point

Heritage Park

I was in Tobago recently for some much needed rest and relaxation. I hadn’t been to Tobago for some time and couldn’t wait to visit my all-time favourite beach, Pigeon Point. As I was driving in to spend my afternoon at the beach, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a wedding set-up on the beach. I had heard all about the growing popularity of beach weddings, but had not yet witnessed one. I was impressed by the set up that was already in place on this beautiful beach. It rivalled wedding setups that I had seen in magazines before, with the famous Pigeon Point jetty standing proudly in the background. The waters lapped softly beckoning you with its hues of aquamarine. An arch stood as the centre piece, beautifully and elegantly decorated, purposely simple in effect but close inspection revealed the skill in weaving lengths of fabric that only a professional could do. The arch was surrounded by wooden chairs that were similarly decorated with corresponding tendrils of fabric and shells that swayed gently in the afternoon breeze, adding to the rustic fantasy created by this setup. On such an open beach, this setting gave a feeling of intimacy. The beauty of the open air and nature was all around lending its magic to what is for many, the most magical day of their lives. I thought of a wedding I attended recently in Trinidad, in an enclosed ballroom with lots of expensive décor and thought to myself, if every bride could see this, they would choose to come to Pigeon Point. The beach is so much better! Upon enquiring, I learnt that the reception was to be held in the adjacent Heritage Pavilion. We were allowed a quick peek of the Pavilion. The view from inside was breathtaking. The Heritage Pavilion was built on the beach and designed with large glass windows offering panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and coconut trees swaying in the breeze. How clever that you can enjoy the beauty of the beach, and still be cool in the air-conditioned Pavilion. I have not seen another building quite like this. Its simplicity belies the intricate architectural details that allow it to have such high ceilings with such wide, open, floor space.

There was a gorgeous three-tiered wedding cake and it rivalled any that I have seen in Trinidad and abroad. Not at all what I was expecting in this quiet, laid back island of Tobago. My curiosity got the better of me and I approached a lady who was evidently in charge, as she bustled around putting finishing touches to the entire set up. She was a Wedding Planner and explained that Tobago has a growing industry catering to Destination Weddings. There is a cadre of professionals that fulfill your every need on the island, so it’s all professionally done and stress free. The Tobago Bridal Association’s membership includes Event Planners, Decorators, Caterers, Florists and even Dress Makers. Every need that you could possibly have is fulfilled in Tobago, making the island even more attractive! At Pigeon Point Heritage Park, there is also a 3 bedroom bungalow accommodation unit. It is air conditioned and fully self-contained and therefore very popular with small families and wedding couples. It is ideally situated within the gardens, steps away from the beach and in close proximity to all the activities that take place at Pigeon Point. I came away from this visit, resolved to share with my friends and families the experience I had; without a doubt, Pigeon Point Heritage Park is my next choice for accommodation in Tobago! Now, if only I can convince my best friend to have her wedding there ...

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Tobago Sports

Round Up 2017 ​​​​​By Sheldon Waithe

Sun, sea, sand & sport: paradise encapsulated into 116 square miles which offers every bit of geography, topography and facility to enjoy your favourite activity. The perfect year round climate is the icing on the sporting cake that makes Tobago the go-to-destination. Given Tobago’s size, you’re never far away from an event and given its culture, you’re in the perfect place to recover.



Massy Rainbow Cup Photos: Richard Lyder

With a population of just 60,000, the island has produced an incredible number of world class athletes; from football superstar Dwight Yorke to World Athletics Championship double medallist Kelly Ann Baptiste and Lalonde Gordon, who anchored the T&T 4x4 relay team to gold in 2017, to add the title of World Champion to his two Olympic bronze medals. Akeem Stewart trains exclusively on the island before departing to take on and beat the world, whether it’s Paralympic or Pan Am Games or a World Championship. Sport is in the DNA of Tobago and given its setting, it’s easy to understand why. The gruelling Sea to Sea Marathon takes runners on a 26 mile cross-country trek through the forest on a route that connects the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. In 2017, Cuban Richer Cobas and American Auriela Rutto took the honours with relatively fast times, while other participants punished their bodies less along the 10 & 5K events along the same route. If the sport of triathlon could choose a venue, Turtle Beach on the northern side of the island would probably suffice as

‘perfect’. A long open bay for the swimming, undulating roads to test the legs during the cycle section, followed by flat terrain that finishes through the much-needed shade of towering trees. The Massy Rainbow Cup ticks all these boxes and much more. Apart from the Olympic distance main event, its growth in popularity means that there are now eight other events on the day to cater for all levels including the always-sold-out ‘Try A Tri’. The Cup also serves as the T&T National Championships. In that regard Jason Costelloe took the national title and Jenna Ross the female equivalent, but neither won the overall event. T&T’s immediate neighbours claimed the top prizes; Genesis Ruiz of Venezuela topped the women with Barbadian Jason Miller getting his second Rainbow Cup seven years after his first. The head of a dragon on Pigeon Point waters causes no alarm and instead solicits cheers and applause. Held around the Labour Day holiday, June 19 in Trinidad & Tobago, it is indeed hard work for the paddlers taking part in the Tobago Dragon Boat Festival, which will celebrate its 8th year in 2018.



Photo: Marcus Gomez

Aquaholics took the 2017 honours over the two days of competition, which reflects the perfect blend of sport and recreation that the island offers. More offerings from the water form the basis for May’s Tobago International Billfishing Tournament. The boat ‘Surf N Turf’ set the early pace, reeling in six Blue Marlins on day Photo: Stephen Broadbridge one and never looked back, holding onto a slim lead into the final, third day. The tennis facility at Shaw Park hosted the globally ranked Bmobile Junior ITF event, with Alexander Kiefer and Lucia De Santa Ana taking out the Boys and Girls titles. Having amazing golf courses means that equally impressive tournaments are held annually. In 2017 they began early, January’s Monifa Sealy Tournament - named after Tobago’s female professional golfer currently on the international circuit. AJ Newell from the USA took the title, beating competitors from every major continent. The annual Chief Secretary’s Charity Golf Tournament saw over 200 entrants in 2017, while tournaments such as the Tobago Open (August) and the South Caribbean Open (September), ensured that the island’s courses were flooded with golfers year round. The Tobago Cycling Classic took its customary place of October, showcasing the diversity of the island with fast flat courses, gruelling hills, coastal landscape and shaded forests. The addition of tropical heat makes for a tough competition, so challenging that it’s the only race in the region granted global status by the world governing body for cycling, the UCI. The first week sees a four-stage Tour of Tobago race, followed by the Classic two days afterwards. Dutchman Peter Schulting arrived with enough form to win both events, the latter by a massive six minutes. When the racing was over, the competitors engaged in the prerequisite for all sports people in Tobago: ‘liming’!



In August, the Great Race from Trinidad to Tobago, is one of the most anticipated events of the year. There is a street parade showcasing the race boats and teams before the high-speed launch.

Photo: Jason Sookermany

The inspiration for ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and ‘Treasure Island’, the island’s stunning bays and coral reefs are host to a plethora of snorkelling locations for both beginner and advanced swimmers.

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Photo: Duane Kenny

Zoe Snorkelling Charters Enjoy the beauty of Tobago’s coastline from the comfort of the only jet boat on island, while we visit locations like the Coral Garden, Nylon Pool, Arnos Vale, and many more. Our captain will personally snorkel with you, showing off all of the reefs natural beauty. See why TripAdvisor rates us as one of the best boat tours on island.

Tel (868) 681-4741 Address 54 Samaan Grove, Golden Grove Road, Canaan, Tobago Email |

Starting from the popular beach of Storebay, its southern side offers various rock and coral formations to explore. Buccoo Reef is often looked down upon due to the glass bottom boat traffic at the Coral Gardens, but the reef possesses great snorkelling opportunities just off the main boat thoroughfare. This is a great reef to see an abundance of fish with regular visits from southern grey stingray. Just make sure you visit in the low tide and on a non-windy, calm day, as the sea current can be a challenge. Going further up the coast, Mt Irvine Reef has many options for snorkelling. From the more calm side between Grange and Mt Irvine Beach where bearded fireworms and blue tangs are abundant, to the more advanced Mt Irvine point where on calmer days Queen Angelfish can be spotted swimming amongst large school of Sergeant Majors. Always swim with certified divers/guides and don’t attempt this area if the sea is rough. Arnos Vale Bay is the next stop, here you’ll discover massive coral formations and perhaps some eels, often found hiding among the rocks in the crystal clear waters of Cotton Bay, which can be only accessed by boat. In the middle of the bay is a large submerged rock teeming with life including Trumpetfish and large French Angelfish. Exploring outside off the northen side of the bay is also rewarding, but for more advanced swimmers; and to the north of Castara Beach is a bay with stunning elkhorn and soft corals. Charlotteville is a favourite for many explorers, with frequent turtle sightings and a myriad of striking reef fish. Both Pirates Bay and Lovers Bay are worth the trip, so hire a boat from the village to get out there as the road to Pirates Bay is difficult to navigate, so driving is not recommended. Speyside is one of the few spots on the Atlantic side of Tobago with great snorkelling. Check out Angel Reef which can be accessed by glass bottom or dive boat. This reef boasts impressive brain corals and reef fish. But this is just a sampling of what the island has to offer, so grab your mask and fins and explore the wonders of Tobago’s coral reefs.

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Blue Waters Inn Photo: Jason Sookermany

Blue Waters Inn Blue Waters Inn is the best kept secret in Tobago. We are surrounded by 46 acres of lush greenery, nestled in a private bay, and every room faces the turquoise waters of Batteaux Bay. This beachfront, boutique resort has everything you need for your true escape. Our luxurious rooms are literally steps from sea and sand, and our stunning infinity pool and hot tub look out onto Little Tobago island. We are minutes from some of the most exciting dive sites in the Caribbean, including our newly sunk dive wreck, The Trinity, which sits in our bay. We have our own state of the art PADI 5 Star dive facility on site. Experience waterfront dining and a mouthwatering menu at AQUA at Blue Waters Inn, which is also a fully functioning conference centre and event space, catering to weddings and other special functions. We are a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner, for five consecutive years. Stay, Explore, Indulge! Tel (868) 660-4341, (868) 660-2583 Address Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago, West Indies Email |

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort The Magdalena Grand in Tobago has everything you want. This new ocean front resort gives you a choice of swimming pools, patios, beach, spa, tennis, 5-star PADI dive centre, and championship golf. There are six different choices of bars and restaurants, and the dining experience couldn’t be better. The resort’s 178 rooms, including 22 suites, have incredible views, and families love our kids’ club and playground, which entertain our youngest guests. Enjoy all the wonderful amenities of Magdalena Grand and escape from the everyday. Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort has it all. Discover the “True Caribbean”. Tel (868) 660-8500 | Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email

Crown Point Beach Hotel Set on seven acres of beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Store Bay, one of Tobago’s finest beaches. Within walking distance of the airport and the well-known Pigeon Point beach. Accommodation comprises of studios, cabanas and one-bedroom apartments. All rooms have an ocean view, kitchenette, bathroom, hair dryer, cable television and telephone. The The Simmer Down poolside restaurant and bar caters for all your food and beverage requirements. Recreational facilities include swimming pool, tennis courts, table tennis and shuffleboard, and there are free Internet facilities for our guests. From our grounds you can walk down steps that lead to Store Bay beach. Tel (868) 639-8781/3 | Fax (868) 639-8731 Address Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago. Email


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The Villas at Stonehaven The Villas at Stonehaven is a boutique villa resort located on the Caribbean coast of Tobago. Set on a hillside among lush tropical gardens that adjoin a bird sanctuary, in perfect harmony with its surroundings and with “gaze all day” panoramic ocean views, the accommodation comprises 14, four bedroom villas, each with an en-suite bathroom, a generous open verandah with adjoining pool terrace and infinity pool. With full kitchens, barbeque areas and your own personal housekeeper, these villas are the perfect place for family and friends to come together and relax. Your home away from home has an on-site restaurant, The Pavilion Restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner. The Pavilion Restaurant and Clubhouse, with its half-moon infinity pool, is also a spectacular setting for weddings, corporate retreats and entertaining. Tel (868) 639-0361 | Fax (868) 639-0102 Address Stonehaven Bay, Black Rock, Tobago, West Indies Email

Sunspree Resort Ltd. Sunspree Resort delights guests with luxurious accommodation, gourmet dining, and close proximity to some of Tobago’s exotic beaches. The resort is five-minutes’ walk from The ANR Robinson International Airport. This Caribbean getaway boasts 19 rooms, each offering a view of either our garden or our swimming pool. Different room and suite categories accommodate families of all sizes. We offer free WI-FI. Sunspree Resort is suitable for those who crave action and adventure, those interested in relaxation, or even those who are looking for romance. We even provide an idyllic paradise where all your wedding and honeymoon dreams can come true. Sunspree Resort has won a Certificate of Excellence 2013 from Trip Advisor. Tel (868) 631-5195/ 631-5196 | Fax (868) 631-5195 Address #40 Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email

Surf Side Hotel Surf Side Hotel Ltd. is a family oriented business situated on the entrance to Pigeon Point Heritage Park in the heart of Crown Point. We are five minutes walk to the famous Store Bay Beach, in close proximity to Restaurants, Pubs, Casinos, Pizza Shops, Mini Marts and more. Our apartments are all self-contained with air-condition, hot & cold shower, Cable TV and free WI-FI. We offer accommodation for single occupancy, couples, families and groups. Studio apartments (two persons), Deluxe apartments (two persons), Superior apartments (four persons), Family apartments (six persons).

For rates & other information call us (868) 639 0614 / 639 9702 Address Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email Facebook Surf Side Hotel


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Mount Irvine Bay Resort Mount Irvine Bay Resort combines all the amenities of world-class accommodation with the unique charm of the Caribbean. Sit back and relax in the splendour of fully air-conditioned luxury rooms or elegant suites, complete with private bathrooms, balconies and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you’d prefer even more room to breathe, the spacious garden cottages are exactly the place.

Tel (868) 639-8871 Address 78-86 Grafton Rd, Mt Irvine, Scarborough 901124, Tobago, West Indies Email Facebook Mount Irvine Bay Resort Twitter @mtrivineresort | Instagram @mtirvineresort

Johnston Apartments The Johnston Apartments in Tobago are magnificently located on Store Bay Beach, moments away from Crown Point International airport, nightclubs, shopping and the island’s best food. This vacation destination is ideal in every way. You can relax and unwind in our spacious one-bedroom apartments overlooking the sea. Each room is fully air-conditioned and self-contained, complete with a modern kitchen. Cleaning services are provided daily. Whilst staying at Johnston Apartments, you have the use of Crown Point Beach Hotel’s pool, restaurant, tennis court and conference facilities. The natural and manmade wonders will make your stay unforgettable. Tel (868) 639-8915, 631-5160/2 (TOBAGO) Tel (868) 627-1927 (POS) | Fax (868) 631-5112 Address Store Bay, Tobago Email

Miller’s Guest House Overlooking unspoilt Buccoo Bay, Miller’s Guest House has fullyairconditioned, budget-friendly, self-catering apartments, dorm beds, single, double and triple rooms with free WiFi to accommodate single travellers, couples, groups and families of all sizes. We offer an informal setting, breakfast-inclusive packages and tour booking service for various activities. Everything from island tours, reef tours, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, diving, snorkelling, horseback riding to yoga or even massage therapies. Our onsite Luvinia’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant offers scenic, waterfront dining and delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner plus a full cocktail list in the evening. Tel (868) 660-8371, 631-0492, 772-5609 (Guest House) Tel (868) 631-1349, 767-9574 (Restaurant) Address 14 Miller Street, Buccoo Point, Tobago, West Indies. |


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Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort Ltd Amazing, fun filled vacations begin at Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort. Nestled on five acres of exquisitely landscaped property, the view of the ocean and coastline is captivating and warmly welcomes you to the warmth of island life. Its LOCATION on the south-western side of the island in the Crown Point area, five minutes away from ANR Robinson International Airport, and 10 minutes from beaches, historical sites and other amenities is unmatched. ACTIVITIES include diving, hiking, swimming, and relaxing spa treatments. Facilities comprise two restaurants, two pools – a free-form pool with a children’s pool - and a diving pool; a Jacuzzi. Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort …..Your Tropical Destination. Tel (868) 671-9143, 671-0631 Fax (868) 665-9236 Administration Office 78–79 La Clave Street, Lange Park, Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I. Tel (868) 639-8512-3 Fax (868) 639-9605 Address Crown Point, Tobago, W.I. Email |

Green Palm Boutique Hotel Located just three minutes drive from the Airport and Pigeon Point Beach, Green Palm Boutique Hotel & Conference Centre rooms offer an intimate, stylish decor that includes coffee maker, refrigerator, 42” flat screen TV with cable and free WiFi. Our Studio apartments include a kitchenette for your added convenience. Whether you indulge yourself at our Spa, lounge in our swimming pool or work up an appetite at our gymnasium, our Tempo Restaurant will cater to your individual needs and with items like Lobster Limbo and Flaming Rum Pork, you are guaranteed to have a fun dining experience. So whether you’re planning a conference or relaxing at our pool-bar, we can accommodate you. Tel 1 (868) 631 8961 Facebook & Instagram

Rose Villas 130 Situated in Tobago Plantations, Rose Villa is guaranteed to deliver the ideal escape for your Caribbean experience. Dare to discover Rose villa to reconnect with yourself, loved ones and the wonder of the natural world. This seafront vacation home is walking distance to an 18-hole PGA golf course, clubhouse restaurants, bars and the Magdalena Grand Hotel. Enjoy the privacy of a fully furnished villa with a fully-equipped modern kitchen, lush backyard garden seafront patio, BBQ grill, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and much more. Rose Villa is also home to spectacular views from its open ocean deck. There’s nothing quite like the fiery orange and pink sky at sunset. All of this is yours, at Rose villa Tobago. Tel (868) 638-9675 ext 111 / (868) 792-3944 Address #130 Tobago Plantations Golf and Beach Resort, Lowlands, Tobago Email


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Make Tobago

Your Wedding Destination By Roslyn Carrington

Thanks to more affordable travel, a destination wedding is possible for any bride who has ever dreamed of standing barefoot in the sand reciting her vows, as her fiancé places the ring on her finger. And Tobago, with sun-speckled beaches and wideopen spaces, is just the island to make your romantic wedding wishes come true. Embrace tradition by booking a church or hall, or splash out on a hotel ballroom. Exchange your vows underwater, or near a waterfall. The Pigeon Point Heritage Park even has a designated wedding venue. Will it just be you two, your family and a handful of loved ones? Wonderful. Were you planning the bash of the century with all the (wedding) bells and whistles? Yes, we can do that too! Some hotels, resorts or villas offer wedding packages in which they supply most of your needs, like catering, bar, and entertainment, leaving you with more time for the fun stuff — such as selecting handmade local gifts for your guests, or ordering tropical-themed floral décor. The best rewards of a destination wedding is that it’s both a special event and a vacation. Encourage your guests to arrive a few days early so you can all be happy, relaxed and tanned when you slip into your wedding “dan-dan”. Stay on afterward, so you can enjoy all the island has to offer. Of course, marriage is a legal union, so there are certain requirements that you will be expected to fulfil. For more information, contact the Registrar General’s Division of the Ministry of Legal Affairs at (868) 639-1330, or email Just be sure to organise your wedding planner, venue, catering, entertainment, transport and accommodation early, especially in the high season, because on that special day, it’s all about you!

Photo: Gary Jordan


Blue Waters Inn Sample Menu

Batteaux Bay Shrimp Salad Grilled blackened shrimp served over mixed greens with mandarin oranges, strawberries, pecans, sliced apples, blue cheese crumble and apple cinnamon dressing. Tuna Tartar Yellowfin tuna, chopped and mixed with sesame seeds, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Topped with avocado and wakame seaweed salad. Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Seared bacon wrapped filet mignon, combined with a creamy gorgonzola sauce offered with oven roasted fingerling potatoes and chef’s choice of vegetable. Cedar Plank Salmon Fresh atlantic salmon broiled and served on a cedar plank and topped with with roasted corn/black bean salsa and wasabi aioli.

AQUA is located in the eco-chic resort, Blue Waters Inn, in Speyside, Tobago. AQUA offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with an intimate view of the dazzling turquoise waters of Batteaux Bay. Enjoy an inclusive day with us, take a dip in the Infiniti Pool or stroll our beach with a fresh cocktail in hand, and finish with a mouthwatering lunch on the beachfront deck. In the evening, we transform into an exquisite dining experience, where you can choose to savour our fresh and fabulous menu under the stars, or seated in our elegant indoor space. We cater for Weddings & Special Events. Tel (868) 660-4341 Address Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago


The Pasta Gallery

Hummingbird Lounge

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Starters Tomato Bruschetta, Garlic Bread, Caprese Salad Main Course Baked Meat Lasagne Baked lasagne with Bolognese sauce, Mozzarella cheese, and Béchamel. Chicken/Shrimp/Mixed Seafood/Vegetable Alfredo Chicken, Shrimp, Mixed seafood, Vegetable or any combination served over fettuccine in a cream-based sauce with Parmesan Cheese. Linguine al Pesto Basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and nuts. Shrimp Marinara Sautéed shrimp served over fettuccine with tomato sauce. Dessert Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Gelato. Gluten free and whole wheat pastas available.

Coffee Expresso; Double Espresso; Macchiato; Viennese; Americano; Cappuccino; Latte.

Superbly located on the way to Pigeon Point, The Pasta Gallery features a unique fusion of restaurant and art gallery. Start with a refreshing salad or crispy bruschetta, then savour homemade sauce simmered to perfection over a hearty serving of pasta. While enjoying the ‘trattoria’ experience, don’t forget to take in the local art that surrounds you. Come and relax in our cool yet cosy atmosphere and relish the simple art of good food. Feel free to call ahead to place your takeaway order. Tel (868) 727-8200 (PASTA-00) Address Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point Facebook ThePastaGallery $ Dine in, Takeaway, Bar

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Teas English Breakfast A traditional blend of black teas. Earl Grey Aromatic black tea blend, Scented with bergamot. Voyage A unique blend of tea with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves & ginger. Pure White Selected from the young first leaves and unopened buds of white tea bushes.

A 15-minute drive and 5 miles from ANR International Airport. Set amidst an old sugar and coconut plantation overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Mount Irvine Bay Resort is an elegant, private hideaway. The Hummingbird Lounge offers speciality coffees, teas, house-baked goods, pastries, sandwiches, paninis, wraps and juicy shrimp or vegetable wantons. All of our blends are of the Italian House of Lavazza, 100 percent Arabica and also offered decaffeinated. Opens 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The Lobby Bar is located in the main lobby. Opens from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Tel (868) 639-8871 Address 78-86 Grafton Road, Mount Irvine, Tobago, West Indies OUR TEAS ARE OF TWININGS OF LONDON

Kali’na Restaurant

Pembois Restaurant & Terrace

Caribbean Fusion upscale dining

Salaka Grill

Ocean front and pool-side restaurant

All Day Dining Main Restaurant

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Starters Braised Beef Short Ribs Red Wine Reduction & Fried Plantain.

Tobago Buffet Friday Night (other themed dinners on other days)

Main Course Cocoa Chilli Rubbed Pork Chop Sweet potato & grilled Vegetable Tower 10 Cane Rum Jus.

Crab & Dumplings Roti Station Accra Pholourie Baiganee Local Stew Provision and more.

Grilled Tobago Lobster with herbed Basmati rice, sautéed vegetables, flavourful shadon beni garlic butter sauce.

West Indies Wrap Spiced chicken breast | tomato crispy lettuce | scallions cilantro & mango chutney. Bake and Shark Coconut bake | chadon beni sauce. Chicken Roti West Indian curry sauce | “aloo” wrapped in dhalpurie pumpkin chutney. Guava Barbecue Chicken Breast Kebab Roasted peppers | onion | pineapple.

Magdalena Crab & Dumpling Let us surprise you with our chef’s creation of this traditional dish served with curry sauce, pickled vegetables.

Discover the unique Caribbean Fusion cuisine in an upscale and romantic environment in one of the top restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago. The chef features traditional Caribbean or Creole recipes prepared in a modern European way, as well as dishes from all over the world, refined with exotic Caribbean ingredients.

Each morning we feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The menu changes daily, so you will enjoy different hot items every day or choose eggs made to order. It’s the most popular breakfast on the island. Pembois is also open daily for lunch and dinner.

Salaka offers a delicious selection of pizza, salads, grilled fish, and meat or vegetarian dishes for a relaxing lunch poolside, overlooking the ocean. At night, Salaka Grill turns into a romantic seafood grill with a catch of the day and seafood pasta, along with seafood tapas and antipasto. Try our homemade pizzas.

Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



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Café Coco Sample Menu Rack of Baby Back Pork Ribs Served with spicy or regular sweet potato fries and coleslaw. Duo of Grilled Chicken Breast & Leg Served with garlic mash, fresh salad and vegetables and a rosemary flavoured tomato sauce. Papa John Shrimp Linguini Medley of shrimp & linguini in a garlic sauce Surf & Turf Lobster Tail and Rib Eye Steak OR Rib Eye Steak and shrimp, sautéed in garlic and herbs. Served with your choice of sides.

Café Coco is the most spectacular restaurant and bar in the region, with seating for 200. It features waterfalls, fountains, marble bathrooms and hand-painted tiles, all synchronised to create an exotic atmosphere of charm and beauty amidst impeccable landscaping. Our chefs, from their open kitchen, offer a wide range of reasonably priced dishes, carefully selected to excite every palate. We offer a perfect venue for weddings, graduations, birthday parties and other group functions.

Reservations (868) 639-0996 Fax (868) 639-8574 Address First left off Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email $–$$ Lunch, Dinner





Steakhouse & Bar

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Grill Pork Chops; Baby Back Ribs; Garlic Chicken; BBQ Pigtail; Fish. Cutters Jerk Wings; Buffalo Wings; Shrimp Creation; Chicken Fingers; Rotisserie Chicken; Geera Pork. Sides Green Salad; Mixed Veggies; Pasta Creations; Potatoes Creations; Wedges. Rotisserie Whole Chicken; Half Chicken. Fried Fried Chicken & Fish with Chips

Bar Menu Beer Chilli; Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail; Chicken Wings; Irish Pot Roast Lamb Stew; Grilled 10 oz. Burger and Veggie Burger. Signature Steaks Grilled Ribeye Steak with Classic Steak Butter; Cajun Steak Fettuccine; Backyard T-bone Steak 14 oz. Ribs Baby Back Ribs 1/2 Rack & Full Rack Seafoods Grilled Honey-Ginger & Barbeque Sauce Jumbo Shrimp; Catch of the Day. Desserts Signature Cocktails

Roosters Restaurants started with its fried Chicken & Chips in 2012. Now added is our Rotisserie section which does grilled meat, cutters, various sides & whole chickens. Roosters Shirvan will be having a section for Sushi & Pizza. Pelican Plaza opens from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., ANR Robinson Airport & Shirvan Plaza open from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tel (868) 639-8563 Address Pelican Plaza, Milford Road, Crown Point, Tobago, W.I. Tel (868) 639-5000 Address ANR Robinson Airport, Tobago, W.I. Tel (868) 631-1000 Address Shirvan Plaza, Tobago, W.I. Email $ Takeaway

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REVS Steakhouse & Bar offers you a unique experience for a great night out in Tobago. While offering you a wide variety of prime cuts from our Steakhouse menu, we also offer lighter bites at the bar for the not so hungry!!! Whether you relax in our beautiful ambiance on the outdoor decking in your own private booth, soak in the atmosphere of our unique themed bar indoors, or sip on one of our signature cocktails, while watching a sport event on multiple TV screens, REVS offers you the ultimate liming experience!!! Tel 639-9792/ 789-9620 Address #196 Shirvan Road, Buccoo, Tobago, West Indies Email $$ Dinner and Takeaway

Kariwak Village

Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant & Bar

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Dinner Pumpkin soup with fresh dill Fresh garden greens with roasted sunflower seeds. Mahi mahi in a coconut herb sauce OR Baked chicken with cumin and coriander with savoury basmati rice, ginger mixed vegetables and grilled eggplant. Kariwak lime pie with homemade peppermint ice cream. Coffee, tea or Kariwak spice tea with bay leaf, cinnamon and ginger.

Starters Coconut Curried Mussels Mussels simmered in our own home-made Coconut Curry Sauce.

Creole Crab Cakes – Seafood sauce, red pepper coulis. Bruschetta Trio – Tomato, fennel, feta; Smoked Salmon, horseradish cream, capers; Chicken liver paté, candied orange peel. Lobster Thermidor – Classic sauce of cheese, white wine, cream and snipped chives. Blackened fillet of Grouper Wilted greens, mashed potato, warm lemon herb vinaigrette, chilli oil. Tournedos Seahorse – 10 oz. Tenderloin steak, roast garlic mashed potatoes, seared fois gras. Roast shallots, Red wine sauce. Slow Braised Pork Belly – Crackling, spicy shrimp & Madeira sauce.

Opened in 1982, Kariwak is a cosy green oasis of a hotel with an absolutely fantastic restaurant known for its creative use of herbs straight from the garden. Everything is freshly prepared on-site, from the legendary Kariwak rum punch with fresh lime and passion fruit, to the homemade rosemary focaccia, served on weekends. Breakfast is a delight of local fruit, homemade yogurt and muesli, along with traditional favourites. Kariwak’s popular lunch and dinner menus are set daily based on what is freshly available. Generously-sized salads and sandwiches served throughout the day… buffet dinner and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Dinner: $200 to $230 TT Lunch: $95 to $105 TT Tel (868) 639-8442 Address Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago $$ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bar


Main Course Spicy Shrimp Pasta Shrimp sauteed then mixed in a Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce. Sizzling Thai Lobster Chunks of Lobster poached in a Basil Coconut Cream Sauce. Ribeye Steak 8oz Ribeye grilled to your liking with sweet & spicy Steak Sauce. Catch of the Day Pan-seared/grill fish steak (your choice) drizzled with Tomato Ginger Sauce.

Come experience the best in culinary cuisine that Tobago has to offer. Patino’s Restaurant & Bar serves up the best in International meals specialising in seafood with mouth-watering dishes. Dine at Patino’s/Enchanted Waters Hotel outdoor restaurant, with its romantic and enchanting setting. Enjoy our poolside tropical ambience and as you dine, be hypnotised by the soothing sounds of our cascading waterfalls and enjoy the relaxing view of our many Japanese Koi Fish that thrive in our ponds! Open Hours: Dinner - Thursday to Monday, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Tel (868) 639-9481 Address 198 - 202 Shirvan Road Buccoo, Tobago Email


The Seahorse

Intimate al fresco dining under the stars, a gentle breeze, the soothing, eternal sound of the surf. Fabulous food before you, leatherback turtles nesting on the beach. It’s no wonder the Seahorse Inn is Tobago’s premier beachside fine dining restaurant. We were acclaimed best value small inn & restaurant in leading UK publications the Daily and Financial Times, Evening Standard, Express, plus Options and Wedding & Home magazines. Open for dinner 6:00 pm daily. Tel (868) 639-0686 Address Grafton Beach Road, Black Rock, Tobago Email We Cater for Weddings & Functions $$$ on or off premises

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Good Eats



Luvinia’s Seafood

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Breakfast Fried Bake & Shark Roast Bake & Saltfish Smoked Salmon Mini Breakfast Tortillas Eggs & Spinach Wrap.

Lunch Thursdays - Stew Fridays - Fireside Curry Curried Chicken, Pork, Beef, Goat, Duck, Fish and Shrimp. Sides - Rice, Dhal, Paratha Roti Saturdays - Soups Sundays BBQ. Rest of the week Gourmet burgers, Sandwiches and Salads.

Starter Shrimp Taragon Cold shrimp served with red onions and drizzled with tarragon vinaigrette.


(Main dishes served with two sides)

Boneless Lamb Shoulder Slow cooked in tamarind, soya sauce, ginger, herbs and spices. 8 oz Ribeye Steak Served with garlic butter, cooked to your liking.

Good Eats is a recently opened take out food outlet near the airport in Crown Point. Our sign is visible as you exit the departure lounge of the airport. You can enjoy a variety of tasty items always freshly prepared and done to order. The breakfast menu includes options perfect for a healthy bite and local breakfast items. Lunchtime favourites include our daily special which supplements our regular lunch menu. Desserts vary daily and you can get a cup of tea or coffee and a light snack from US$3.00 anytime during opening hours. Prices for breakfast start at US$1.00. Lunch prices range from US$5.00 to US$15.00. Open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. NO ALCOHOL SERVED. ONLY HALAL MEATS USED. Tel (868) 639 8660 Address Opposite ANR International Airport, Crown Point, Tobago. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Dinner USDA Steaks, Lobster, Shrimp, Chicken, Fish and loaded Gourmet Burgers.

Honeys Restaurant is rustic - wood, bamboo and carat, in an open-air setting, which is natural and relaxing. We produce some inhouse organic herbs for our meals and source local organic produce for our salads. We pride ourselves in being able to provide hearty, great-tasting meals at an affordable price. Enjoy our Special Business Lunches from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and our after work ‘limes’ from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with drink and cocktail specials from our well-stocked bar. Lunches start at TT$25.00, and dinner starts from TT$70 and goes up to TT$400. We have a Kids Menu and Vegetarian options.

Tel (868) 313 2917 / 298 5249 Email Address Community Lane, Mt. Pleasant Trinidad & Tobago W.I. $$

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& Steak Restaurant

Main Course Luvinia’s Grilled Fish Boneless fish served with a Mediterranean red wine, tomato and olive sauce Miller’s Lamb Grilled lamb chops in a special sauce Lobster ala Espanola Lobster sauteed’ in a mild saffron, chadon beni and white wine sauce.

Tobago’s No. 1 beachfront restaurant, with excellent food and a fantastic view. Sit back, relax, converse and watch the sun rise and set over Buccoo Bay. Our professional staff will cater for your every need. Try one of our refreshing cocktails on the sun terrace. Sample the delicious fresh seafood in our open-air restaurant, and enjoy the catch of the day from the local fisherman at the jetty in front of the restaurant.

Reservations (868) 631-1349 / 767-9574 Address Miller’s Guesthouse #14 Miller Street, Buccoo Point, Tobago, West Indies Free Wi-Fi access, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bar, Takeaway, Available for functions. $$-$$$

Photos: Andrea de Silva


Local Cuisine By Alva Viarruel

How would you like to try cinnamon dusted dasheen, topped with a rum pineapple glaze or sautéed dasheen leaves with pumpkin? The combination of ingredients may not interest everyone, but for those at the Blue Food Festival it’s just what they craved. Last year, hundreds travelled to Tobago’s northwest coast, Bloody Bay, for this annual Octoberfest. It was this meal prepared by Yzanne Chance, that won the prize for best innovative use of blue food (ground provision mostly comprising dasheen or taro root) in the cooking competition. She also won both the Cook of the Day and best tasting dasheen dish prizes. The judges, including chef Debra Metivier, felt that Chance was the only participant who incorporated more than one part of the vegetable, she was also “able to use and maintain the core flavours of the dasheen and represent it in a contemporary manner.” To them, this competition represented “to an extent, the growth of the festival,” over the past 19 years “from a culinary perspective”. With an associate degree in culinary arts, Chance is a food innovator, avid reader who enjoys watching culinary videos and experimenting with new recipes. The Blue Food Festival began in the quiet village of L’Anse Fourmi in 1998 under the directive of then Secretary of Tourism, George Stanley Baird, who got the idea while travelling around the region. “I felt at the time that our hotels and restaurants should have local dishes on the menu. It was an effort to partner with the agricultural sector to support the tourism sector to push the

“Taste of Tobago”. So we were looking at not only the cultural aspect but developing an integrated form of cultural tourism or community tourism at its best.” The festival grew as a farming community project with the two neighbouring villages of Blood Bay and Parlatuvier, and was eventually relocated to Bloody Bay. This year, in addition to the sale of 'blue food' in multiple forms and fashion, together with accompanying meats, fish or crustaceans; dasheen-based condiments including ketchup, pepper sauce and cuchilla; pastry; wines; and cosmetic products made from various type of 'blue food', organisers introduced a guided “Dasheen Patch Tour”. The short trek to the Fresh Green Farms managed by Lindsay Edwards and his father Shurwayne, located between the festival grounds and the coastline, promoted the farming and harvesting of a variety of dasheen plants. Sheena Des Vignes, vice chairman of the events committee and marketing officer in the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation said the Division is focused on enhancing the festival each year and considers it an excellent platform to bolster the growth of the agro-processing industry. “The people (of L’Anse Fourmi/Parlatuvier/Bloody Bay) are very passionate about dasheen and the festival and as it grows, the expectations of patrons have also grown, so we’re constantly challenged to figure out what else we can do to improve and innovate.”

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Fast Facts on Trinidad & Tobago Located at the gateway to the Caribbean, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for its industrialised, energy export-driven economy; vibrant culture, and multiethnic society. T&T is a leading regional economy with a population of 1.3 million. It has an international presence in the oil and gas-based energy industry, and profitable and productive manufacturing and services sectors. T&T is also pursuing a policy of economic diversification and is investing in several other sectors. Geography and Location Trinidad – Once part of the South American mainland, Trinidad is situated 12 km (7 miles) northeast of the coast of Venezuela, and is separated from it by the Gulf of Paria. Trinidad has three mountain ranges: the Northern Range, the Central Range and the Southern Range. The highest point, El Cerro del Aripo, is 940 metres (3,084 ft) above sea level. About 40% of all land is undeveloped forest and woodlands, although the island is experiencing rapid development. Trinidad’s Pitch Lake is the largest natural reservoir of asphalt. Total Area: 4,828 sq km (1,864 sq miles) 81.25 km long by 57-73 km wide (50 miles by 35-45 miles) Location: Latitude 10.5° N Longitude 61.5° W Tobago – Tobago lies 34 km (21 miles) northeast of Trinidad. Of volcanic origin, the island is a single mountain mass, although the southwest is flat or undulating and coralline. The highest peak, the Main Ridge, reaches an elevation of about 576 metres (1,890 ft). The coastline is broken by inlets and sheltered beaches, and there are several uninhabited islets. Total Area: 300 sq km (116 sq miles) Location: Latitude 11.5° N Longitude 60.5° W Climate Trinidad and Tobago has a tropical climate. Daytime temperatures average 31°C (87°F) and are moderated by the northeast trade winds, while nights are a cool 21°C (69°F). The islands have two distinct seasons: dry, from January to May, and wet, from June to December. There is a short dry period around mid-September called Petit Carême. Trinidad and Tobago are just outside the usual path of hurricanes and other tropical storms, but Tobago can experience inclement weather as a result of such weather systems. Time Zone Greenwich Mean Time: Minus four hours In US Winter: Eastern Standard Time plus one hour (EST +1) In US Summer: Eastern Standard Time (EST) There is no daylight savings time. Government Trinidad and Tobago’s government is a parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the President, who is elected by an Electoral College of members of the Senate and House of Representatives for a five-year term.

Executive power, however, is vested in the Prime Minister and Government following elections every five years. The local government body in Tobago is the Tobago House of Assembly and its seat is in the capital city, Scarborough. Head of State: President Anthony Carmona. Head of Government: Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley. Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly: Chief Secretary, The Honourable Kelvin Charles.; Banking Number of Commercial Banks: 8 Prime Lending Rate: 9.0% (October 2017 estimate) Bank Hours of Operation: City Centres – Monday to Thursday – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Friday – 8:00 am to noon & 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Bank Hours of Operation: Shopping Centres – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Exchange Rate: TTD 6.73: USD 1 (October 2017) Meeting Places and Conference Centres Trinidad and Tobago is one of the top five Caribbean meeting and conference destinations. T&T is host to over 84,000 business travellers annually. Business Hours Offices: Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Government Offices: Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (City Centres): Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Retail (Shopping Centres): Monday to Saturday – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

beyond 30 days. Visa extensions can be obtained from the Immigration Office Government Campus Plaza, 3-9 Richmond Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Tel: 225-IMMI (4664) , while work permits can be obtained from the Ministry of National Security, Temple Court 2, 52-60 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.,; Transportation Airports – Piarco International Airport is located about 45 minutes from the capital city, Port of Spain. Trinidad and Tobago’s national airline, Caribbean Airlines, serves the Caribbean, North America, Toronto, New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. International flights are also available direct from Tobago’s ANR Robinson International Airport, Virgin, British Airways, Thomas Cooke. Major Airlines T&T National Carrier: Caribbean Airlines: (868) 625-7200 American Airlines: (868) 821-6000 British Airways: (800) 247-9297 Copa Airlines: (800) 271-2672 United Airlines: (868) 624-1737 LIAT: (888) 844-5428 Jet Blue, Charter companies Seaports There are two main seaports: the Port of Port of Spain handles dry and general cargo, break bulk, containers and passenger traffic, while the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Ltd. (PLIPDECO), is mainly a bulk port for industrial commerce. There are ferries travelling the interisland route daily.

Telecommunications International Access and Area Code: 1-868 Trinidad and Tobago’s telecommunications sector has shown strong growth. TSTT provides both landline and mobile telephone services, Digicel home phone and mobile telephone services and FLOW landline services. International direct distance dialing is available nationwide. With broad coverage throughout the islands, mobile phones are an easy option. Wireless Internet services are readily available at hotels and cybercafés.

Port of Spain Ferry: (868) 625-4906/3055 Tobago Ferry: (868) 639-2417/4906 A water taxi ferry connects Port of Spain and San Fernando. Scheduled sailing times are Monday to Friday. Tickets cost TTD 15 one-way and can be purchased at the Water Taxi Terminal. Free parking is available at both ports. There is a Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) shuttle service. For further information visit: www.nidco. / or call 624-5137 (POS) or 800-4WTS (San Fernando).

Immigration, Work Permits and Visas Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago must possess valid passports and return or ongoing tickets for successful entry. Most Commonwealth countries do not require visas for entry, except Australia, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cameroon, Fiji Islands, Mozambique, Uganda and South Africa. Visitors from several other countries are allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago for periods of up to three months without a visa. Holders of CARICOM passports, with the exception of Haiti, do not require a visa. Work permits are required for business stays

Emergency Contacts Police/Rapid Response: 999 Fire: 990 Ambulance: 811 Global Medical Response: 653-4343 Coast Guard: 634-4440 The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM): 800-ODPM (6376) - Trinidad: 640-1285/8905, 640-8653; 640-6493 - Tobago: 660-7489 Port of Spain General Hospital: 623-2951 San Fernando General Hospital: 652-3581 Scarborough General Hospital: 660-4SGH (4744) Roxborough Health Centre and Hyperbaric Facility, Tobago: 660-4392

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Index 519 Restaurant & Bar...................................................... 123 Acajou Hotel........................................................... 82 & 125 Acropolis Medical Centre.................................................56 Adam's Bagels & Specialty Breads..............................120 Al Haaq..............................................................................126 Angelo's Italian Restaurant............................................115 Angostura® Limited................................................. 65 & 97 Angostura® Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection..........................................65 Annie's Mandarin Restaurant & Lounge......................119 Aqua Restaurant.............................................................. 176 Arabian Nights..................................................................114 Art 6 Gallery........................................................................ 52 Art Gallery................... 2, 129, 147 & Tobago Cover Artist Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge............................65 Asian Fusion Restaurant................................................ 125 Banquet & Conference Centre........................................96 Birkenstock.........................................................................39 Blink|Bmobile........................................ Inside Front Cover Blue Waters Inn............................................ 164, 165 & 176 Bmobile VISA Prepaid Card................ Inside Front Cover Burger King .................................................................121 C Spot Sip n Paint Studio.................................................88 C3 Centre............................................................................. 47 Café Coco.......................................................................... 178 Caffé del Mare.................................................................. 122 Capil's and Co. Ltd............................................................42 Caribbean Discovery Tours Ltd.......................................64 Caribbean Estates, Land & Villas.................................149 Centro Restaurant.............................................................110 Chaquacabana Resort & Beach Club.................81 & 122 Chaud Restaurant.............................................................118 Chi Studio & Creative Space........................................... 53 Club Royal Caribbean.......................................................93 Coco Reef Resort & Spa.......................................171 & 178 Corinth Development Company..................................... 47 Courtin................................................................................. 57 Courtyard by Marriott........................................... 80 & 110 Crews Inn Hotel and Yachting Centre................ 82 & 123 Crown Point Beach Hotel Limited.....................164 & 172 Dachin Group of Companies............... 110, 111, 112 & 113 Dolce Desserts................................................................. 123 Dreamstones Ltd................................................................11 Dreamy Creamy Ice Cream Company.......................... 123 Driftwood Restaurant & Bar.............Outside Back Cover Dufry Trinidad Limited.......................................................17 ecliff elie..............................................................................46 Econo Car Rentals Ltd......................................................65 El Cid Day Spa....................................................................56 El Pecos Grill......................................................................114 El Bohio Something Different.......................................120 Empanadas Factory........................................................120 Excellent City Center......................................................... 43 Excellent Store................................................................... 43 Face & Body Clinic............................................................. 57 FarmaVita............................................................................ 57 Fashion Optics Limited....................................................40 Fens ..................................................................................... 45 Fens Furniture Homestore Maraval............................... 45 Fens of Marabella Furniture Land South & Central............................................................... 45 Fernandes Fine Wines and Spirits.................................39 Fiesta Plaza.........................................................................88 Five Islands Water & Amusement Park.........................90 Flavours Restaurant........................................................ 124 Flowers 137.........................................................................97 Flowers to Treasure Limited............................................97 Germaine de Capuccini.................................................... 57



Good Eats..........................................................................180 Green Palm Hotel............................................................ 170 Hakka Restaurant & Bar.......................................116 & 117 Harmoniousinfinity............................................................56 Harry's Water Park.............................................................90 Hayley's Buffet & Bar...................................................... 124 Healing with Horses Foundation.................................. 143 Himchuli Restaurant....................................................... 124 Honey's Restaurant.........................................................180 Hummingbird Lounge..................................................... 176 Hyatt Regency Trinidad........................... 56, 78, 79 & 110 I'm Wellness Centre..........................................................56 INKA Peruvian Restaurant....................................116 & 117 Irie Bites.............................................................................119 Iron Mantis (I'M)................................................................56 Island Beer Chill & Grill...................................................119 J-ZZ's International Steak House.................................. 127 Johnston Apartments......................................................168 Kali'na Restaurant............................................................177 Kapok Hotel............................................................78 & 108 Kariwak Village................................................................. 179 Kariwak Village Holistic Haven & Hotel........... 172 & 179 Kava....................................................................................108 Lazboy Comfort Studio..................................................... 45 Le Grand Almandier..........................................................80 Lighthouse Restaurant................................................... 122 lime 365 Trinidad & Tobago................ Inside Back Cover Lime Inn............................................................................. 125 Liquid Adrenalin................................................................90 Little Caesars Pizza..........................................................121 Luvinia’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant........................180 Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort.......1, 164 & 177 Malabar Farms Gourmet Shop.......................................40 Martin Superville....... 2, 129, 147 & Tobago Cover Artist Mélange Restaurant.........................................................118 Mi Casa Fine Home Furnishings......................................17 Miller's Guest House...........................................168 & 180 Ministry of Tourism................................ Inside Back Cover More Sushi.........................................................................118 More Vino...........................................................................118 Morsels..............................................................................126 Mount Irvine Bay Resort & Golf Club.......168, 169 & 176 MovieTowne Mall.............................. 39, 88, 89, 96 & 154 Nichossa Restaurant.......................................................126 Normandie Hotel...............................................................80 Ocean Grill Tapas Lounge.............................................. 122 Okazions Card & Gift Store.............................................. 53 On Location Art Galleries................................................. 53 Pandora................................................................................11 Pasta Gallery..................................................................... 176 Patino's Restaurant & Bar............................................. 179 Pavilion Restaurant......................................................... 167 Pembois Restaurant & Terrace......................................177 Pigeon Point Heritage Park................................ 156 & 157 Popeyes..............................................................................121 Prestige Holdings Limited................. 108, 109, 114 & 115 PTSC Know Your Country Tours....................................... 75 PTSC Tour & Explore......................................................... 75 Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC)............... 75 R. I. K. Services Ltd............................................................46 Rain Property Management Ltd...................................149 Rainbow Resort................................................................ 143 Rattan's Car Rental.......................................................... 143 Ray Cool...............................................................................40 RBC Royal Bank.................................................................... 3 Regent Star Hotel.................................................. 83 & 124 Republic Bank Limited ...................................... 104 & 105 Restaurant Holdings Limited.........................................121

Revs Steakhouse & Bar.................................................. 178 Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant............................................ 127 Rizzoni's Ristorante Italiano................................112 & 113 Romance Garden...............................................................97 Roosters Restaurant........................................................ 178 Rose Villas 130................................................................. 170 Rouge Sports Bar............................................................. 153 Rovanel's Resort & Conference Centre.............. 97 & 171 Royal Hotel (1978) Limited....................................82 & 83 Ruby Tuesday......................................................... 110 & 111 Rustico.................................................................................39 Salaka Grill Oceanfront & Poolside Restaurant..................................................177 Samurai Sushi Bar & Steakhouse.................................112 Sarah Beckett.............................................Cover Artist & 2 Seahorse Restaurant & Bar........................................... 179 Sherman's Auto Rentals................................................. 143 Shiann's Food Palace Limited......................................120 Shoes and More Birkenstock..........................................39 Shoppes @ Westcity ................................................ 147 Signature Selection...........................................................42 Soong's Great Wall................................................116 & 117 spa esencia.........................................................................56 Subway....................................................................114 & 115 Sugar Mill Suites..............................................................149 Sunspree Resort Ltd.......................................................166 Surf Side Hotel.................................................................166 T.G.I. Friday's.........................................................108 & 109 Tamnak Thai...................................................................... 125 Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT)................. Inside Front Cover Texas de Brazil.......................................................112 & 113 The Art Gallery (TAG).2, 129, 147 & Tobago Cover Artist The Banquet & Conference Centre................................96 The Centro Restaurant.....................................................110 The Courtyard by Marriott.................................... 80 & 110 The Dreamy Creamy Ice Cream Company.................. 123 The Face & Body Clinic..................................................... 57 The Hummingbird Lounge............................................. 176 The Ministry of Tourism........................ Inside Back Cover The Normandie Hotel.......................................................80 The Pasta Gallery............................................................. 176 The Pavilion Restaurant................................................. 167 The Regent Star Hotel........................................... 83 & 124 The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant.................................... 127 The Royal Hotel (1978) Limited............................82 & 83 The Seahorse Restaurant & Bar................................... 179 The Villas at Stonehaven................................... 166 & 167 The Waterfront Restaurant.............................................110 Things Natural.................................................................. 147 Tiki Village.........................................................................108 Tobago Plantations Beach & Golf Resort...................149 Tomley Roberts ................................................................. 53 Toppers Restaurant & Bar.............................................. 127 Tradewinds Hotel...................... 78 & Outside Back Cover Treehouse Restaurant........................Outside Back Cover Trinidad & Tobago Tourist Transport Service Association (T&TTTSA)....................................................65 Tropicalfit 'I'm'....................................................................56 Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort..........................170 & 172 Uncorked.............................................................................40 Villas Are Us Ltd...............................................................149 Villas at Stonehaven........................................... 166 & 167 Vintage Imports Wine Merchants....................................17 VIP Platinum Cinema and Lounge.................................88 Waterfront Restaurant.....................................................110 Wet Swimwear....................................................................40 Zoe Snorkelling Charters.................................................161