7 Tastemaker Sessions to Experience at Bessfest 2018

From Angostura’s Rum Masterclass to Chadon Beni Pesto with Eatahfood

Bessfest: Taste of Trinidad and Tobago returns to the Queen’s Park Savannah, North Stand on Saturday July 7, 2018 from 3PM-10PM, for a day filled with incredible gastronomy from across the country. Bessfest will feature a wide array of over 70 food, drink and marketplace vendors. Pair this with food demonstrations & entertainment – you’ve got the biggest food & drink festival in the country.

This year, we’re introducing the VIP experience. For those looking for a premiere foodie experience, this is for you. The VIP Pass includes all benefits offered by our Fully Loaded, but we’re upping our game with the Tastemaker Sessions.

What are the Tastemaker Sessions?

The Tastemaker Sessions are an exclusive opportunity to learn more about recipes, ingredients, flavours and brands from Trinidad and Tobago — and of course sample! Our team has partnered with a powerhouse lineup of brands, chefs and industry leaders for the first ever Tastemaker Sessions experience at Bessfest. Here’s what you can look forward to:

The House of Angostura Rum Masterclass with Chief Mixologist Raymond Edwards

Presented by The House of Angostura, learn about and sample Angostura’s finest rum blends, with our friend and Chief Mixologist Raymond Edwards.

Bacon Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Learn and sample this savoury, cheesy recipe, presented by Maggi & Carnation.

Eatahfood: Simply Local

Chef Renee and the team at Eatahfood make their way at Bessfest for a live episode of Simply Local. Up on their menu? Chadon Beni Pesto Pasta with Pan Seared Chicken, featuring a bonus Béchamel Sauce.

Come experience a live session of Simply Local with @rennz_101 as part of the Tastemakers sessions at @bessguide BESSFEST on July 7th 2018. To gain access to the Tastemakers sessions you need to get VIP passes which you can purchase through their website. Luckily we have 2 VIP passes to give away. Just follow us on IG, like our FB page and Subscribe to our YouTube channel (all of which you SHOULD be doing already! 😂😂😂) then share this post or tag a friend to be entered for a chance to win. Also, the first 25 unique purchases for passes on BESSFEST.COM can use our promo code: EATAHFOOD for a 15% discount on your purchase. It's going to be a great event so don't miss out. Get your tickets early! For more information check out @bessguide #bessfest

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We can’t wait to show you what Chef @rennz_101 & @eatahfoodtt have in store for you for their Bessfest Tastemaker Session! Learn how to make this #SimplyLocal dish, and sample it 😉 Our Tastemaker Sessions are accessible to those who have VIP Passes. Stay tuned as we announce our full schedule for our Tastemaker Sessions! ———————————————— Passes are now available at Craft Creators in West Mall & Trincity as well as Tradewinds Hotel in San Fernando. ———————————————— Organize your crew as group rates available at outlets as well, to be purchased in sets of four: – (4) VIP Passes for $1800 ($50 off / pass) ———————————————— VIP Passes ($500) Include: ✔️ Unlimited Premium Drinks (Premium Rum, Vodka, Scotch, Beer, Wine and Chaser) ✔️ Exclusive access to the Tastemaker Sessions featuring Chef & Brand Demos/Classes ✔️ Access to VIP Seating Area ✔️ Access to VIP Bar ✔️ (3) Meal Chits ✔️ Skip the Line ✔️ Premium VIP Cup ✔️ Raffle Entries ✔️ Goodie Bag ✔️ Branded Bessfest Photo VIP Passes are limited in quantities.

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Cooking with Angostura Bitters with Chef Jason Peru

Presented by The House of Angostura, Chef Jason Peru will teach you how to make ANGOSTURA® orange bitters Citrus Glazed Shrimp with ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters Infused Spiced Cous Cous.

Simply No Substitute for ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters!

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Cooking with Infused Coconut Oils

Off the Wheaten Path has partnered with Constance Estate Infused Coconut Oils to teach you how to make Lemon Chadon Beni Chicken & Fish Kebabs with Spicy Maco using their collection of infused coconut oils.

Do you have your VIP Passes yet? Get exclusive access to our Tastemaker Sessions! Learn and sample delicious recipes from brands and chefs! @cgaltd & @offthewheatenpathtt will teach you how to make Lemon Chadon Beni Chicken & Fish Kebabs with Spicy Mayo, using Constance Estate Infused Coconut Oils — both easy and delicious! And yes, samples are included! VIP Passes are limited! Get yours at Craft Creators Ltd. in West Mall or Trincity, Tradewinds Hotel, and online via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/bessfest VIP Passes ($500) Include: ✔ Unlimited Premium Drinks (Rum, Vodka, Scotch, Wine, Bubbly, Beer and Chaser) ✔ Exclusive access to the Tastemaker Sessions ✔ Access to VIP Seating Area ✔ Access to VIP Bar ✔ (3) Meal Chits ✔ Skip the Line ✔ Premium VIP Cup ✔ Raffle Entries ✔ Goodie Bag ✔ Branded Bessfest Photos Tag a foodie who would love the Tastemaker Sessions experience!

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Curry Tabanca Ice Cream

Learn and sample this sweet & savoury twist on this creamy dessert, presented by Maggi & Carnation.


Stay tuned for full details on Swiss’ Tastemaker Sessions!

Other than the Tastemaker Sessions, VIP Passes have the following amazing perks:

  • Access to the Tastemaker Sessions (sit back and enjoy demos and recipes from your favourite brands and chefs!)
  • Access to VIP area & bar
  • Unlimited premium drinks at the bar (premium brands of rum, vodka, scotch, wine, bubbly, beer & chaser)
  • A VIP Bessfest cup
  • Goodie bag
  • Skip the line for all vendors + bar
  • (3) Meal chits

Please note that meal chits this year have a $35 value. However, vendors will be offering an exclusive $35 Bessfest special!

Who’s excited? We can’t wait to share this experience with you. Passes can be purchased at Craft Creators in West Mall or Trincity, Tradewinds Hotel, and online via Eventbrite (see below).

For those foodies coming in groups, peep our group special:

  • (4) Fully Loaded Passes for $900 ($25 off / pass)
  • (4) VIP Passes for $1800 ($50 off / pass)

Get your passes easily onto your phone via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/bessfest