Did you know that Haiti has a successful foodie festival? It sure does, and this festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. It’s called Gout et Saveurs Lakay, and if you happen to be learning about it for the first time, better for you…as this year is bound to be its best year yet. The festival starts today (September 17) and ends on September 27. In addition to featuring Haiti’s chefs, culinary celebrities like Chef Roble Ali (who has cooked for Obama and Michael Jackson) will be present, as will be Colombia’s Sergio Velazquez, Jamaica’s Hugh Sinclair, the Virgin Islands’ Chef Digby, Chef Shorne Benjamin of St. Lucia, Chef Tim Tibbits from the Bahamas. The festival has always been scheduled for the fall season, so perhaps you can start making plans to attend and participate next year?
1. Porkfest returns better than ever.
Ooh, griyo! Griyo all around. Well, not exactly. There’s griyo, but there’s also pork in various forms at Porkfest. Just picture yourself eating some juicy, well-marinated pork, and with some dope music playing the background by a DJ.
2. A host of lady chefs.
Since its debut, Gout et Saveurs Lakay has showcased a great many professional lady foodies. But for this year’s edition, founder Chef Stephan Durand—and his co-organizers—of the festival doubled their efforts. Gee, how many lady chefs do I see on the itinerary? Chef Mi-sol Chevalier…wooh…Chef Melissa Francois. Wooh. Chef Tanya Lemaire…wooh. Chef Landy Antoine…wooh. Chef Vanessa Cantave…wooh. Chef Genevieve Nemorin…wooh. Chef Anne Marie Devarieux, Chef Natassia Raymond…wooh. Chef Vicky Colas…wooh. Chef Natacha Gomez…wooh. Wooh. Wooh. Wooh-hooh! Lady chefs all aboard!
3. Village Gourmand.
Ever been to a really good buffet? You have? You went in for seconds, and thirds, and fourths, and so on. Well, Village Gourmand, one of Gout Saveurs Lakay’s biggest events this year, will feature offerings from 30 restaurants. It’s like having nearly three dozens of Haiti’s best restaurants in one place. Can you imagine? You won’t even have feel ashamed of being a glutton. It’s a glutton’s food village…after all.
4. Haiti’s veterans chefs and some new blood.
Ooh, maybe I shouldn’t have used the word “blood”. I am discussing a food festival after all. Well, in any case, up-and-coming chefs Chef Paul Harry Toussaint and Chef Giovanni Theodore will be showcasing their culinary talents. Chef entrepreneurs like the famed Georges Laguerre, who owns Los Angeles’ only Haitian restaurant, is one of the highlights of this year’s edition. Chef Dimitri Lillavois, Chef Alain Lemaire, Chef David Destinoble, who have been such a big part of the festival since its infancy are returning to do their part in promoting Haiti’s cuisine in and outside of Haiti. There are some new names as well: Chef Wael Younes, Chef Tard Cameau Chef Thierry Delourneaux, It’s rather cool that chefs from so many backgrounds and whom are at different stages of their careers.
5. The oh so glorious of Haiti-made products.
A Barbancourt tour…Haiti-made kremas…Haiti’s food products will be displayed to be savored and appreciated.
There you have it folks…the 5 reasons why…Gout et Saveurs Lakay—Haiti’s Food and Spirits Festival—will have its best year yet.
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