Taste of the Caribbean is back and is celebrating a huge milestone – 20 years! This free outdoor festival showcases the colorful variety of the Caribbean culture: food, art, dance, music and now sports! From the 11 to the 14 of July TOTC returns to a new, more accessible location on the main promenade of the Old Port!

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Above all, as an important landmark for Montreal’s Caribbean community, organizers are gratified by the longevity of this event. As producer Cezar Brumeanu was happy to tell Best Kept Montreal:

We’re proud of the event’s history. From its humble beginnings as a one-day, indoor, paid event from 1999-2015, TOTC has grown into one of the biggest free outdoor festivals at one of the country’s largest tourist destinations! TOTC has also become one of the largest events in Canada that celebrates all aspects of Caribbean culture! It really is unique.

The Festival is also honored to welcome Olympic champion Bruny Surin as their spokesperson for the third year to kick off the celebration. Therefore, as an extension of their partnership TOTC hopes to raise awareness of the Bruny Surin Foundation which promotes the physical and psychological benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle in young people. Furthemore, TOTC donates food and beverages to surrounding charities, such as Accueil Bonneau.

What’s on the program?

To mark the 20th edition, the four-day program will feature a range of activities including:

Food Vendor Zone. It’s all about the food at TOTC! Therefore, visitors can travel the islands through their taste buds by sampling traditional and fusion dishes. Vendors will be serving up a variety of dishes, desserts and drinks from Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and more! Enjoy a wide selection of culinary creations from Agrikol, BestBite Catering, Boom J Cuisine, FreshCo Snow Cones, Kwizinn, La Belle Cayenne, Les délices de Patrice, Seasoned Dreams, SNS Catering, Ti Joe BBQ, Traiteur Renata, and Tasty Touch.

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Pepito Sangria Dancefloor. Festival goers can join in on interactive dance workshops and watch electrifying performances of dance styles including Cuban salsa, Dominican bachata, Haitian konpa, Trinidadian soca, Jamaican reggae/dancehall and more!

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Del Monte Soccer Zone. This brand new element will feature 3-on-3 pick-up games, soccer skills clinic with Kelitos Sports, and the not to be missed Celebrity Soccer Match (July 12, 7PM) featuring local personalities like their soccer ambassador, Patrice Bernier!

Rum Zone. Back for its third year, the Rum Zone has become a great way to discover Caribbean rums! Therefore, visitors can pick from a variety of rum sampling sets and sip on selections of spiced and aged rums. In addition, there will be free daily mixology demonstrations to show how to mix classic cocktails including TOTC’s 20th anniversary cocktail, Le Planteur des Caraïbes featuring Trois Rivières rums!

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Kids Zone. This safe space for children features face painting and hair braiding!

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So here is what you need to know about the Taste of the Caribbean festival:

Date and Time: Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 14, 2019 | Noon – 11PM Everyday
Location: Main promenade, Old Port of Montreal (in front of the Montreal Science Centre)
Admission fee: Free entrance!
Activities: Schedule of performances, participating vendors and activities can be found at www.totc.ca
Facebook: @TOTCMTL | Instagram: @ilovetotc | Hashtags: #totc20 #totcmtl #ilovetotc | YouTube: TOTC – Taste of the Caribbean

Photo credit: TOTC

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