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Tara K. Stoutt, Enid Pickering win big @ Food Fete

- Taste of Tortola showcases culinary delights
Tara K. Stoutt (left), here with First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie after capturing the top prize of Best Restaurant while Enid Pickering captured the best Fish and Fungi prize. Photo: VINO/Provided
There was a dance performance by the Feteniques Majorettes which displayed their dexterity and skills. Photo: VINO
There was a dance performance by the Feteniques Majorettes which displayed their dexterity and skills. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons who came to the event. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons who came to the event. Photo: VINO
It was a day for family. Photo: VINO
It was a day for family. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith greeting some of the patrons. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith greeting some of the patrons. Photo: VINO
These two ladies of the Island Last Resort were only too happy to serve up samples of their food. Photo: VINO
These two ladies of the Island Last Resort were only too happy to serve up samples of their food. Photo: VINO
Lucinda Smith explaining to the MC for the event Damion C. Grange what went into the preparation of her Fish and Fungi. Photo: VINO
Lucinda Smith explaining to the MC for the event Damion C. Grange what went into the preparation of her Fish and Fungi. Photo: VINO
Enid Pickering preparing samples of her Fish and Fungi for the judges. Photo: VINO
Enid Pickering preparing samples of her Fish and Fungi for the judges. Photo: VINO
The three judges sampling Fish and Fungi before handing down their verdict. Photo: VINO
The three judges sampling Fish and Fungi before handing down their verdict. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the weather being nice and sunny yesterday November 22, 2015 the once postponed ‘Taste of Tortola’ was staged at the newly upgraded Queen Elizabeth II Park and patrons got a taste of the best of the culinary arts that the territory has to offer.

The event got underway after the scheduled 2:00 PM start time, but this did not take away from the fun time that was had by everyone who took the time to attend. 

Some of the persons who graced the event were Premier and Minister of Tourism Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Territorial Member of the House of Assembly and Junior Minister in the National Democratic Party (NDP) Honourable Archibald C. Christian, and Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines.

Both Honourable Maduro-Caines and Honourable Christian lauded the event and said that from the little they saw following their arrival they were impressed with the displays.

Dr Smith lauded the efforts of all of the persons who came out with their foods for sampling and thanked them for their participation and for making the event a successful one.

The event culminated with the Best Restaurant and Best Fish and Fungi competitions, which saw a number of persons vying for top honours.

Copping the top prize was Tara K. Stoutt of JB’s Kitchen. Stoutt, recently featured by Virgin Islands News Online as a Young Professional, continues to make strides locally and her achievement is but another example of this.

Winning the hearts of the judges in the Best Fish and Fungi competition was Enid Pickering, who bested Mariette Fahie and Lucinda Smith. The three judges obviously had a huge task on their plate literally as they tried to discern the best tasting fish and fungi in their view.

In addition to the fine foods on display for sampling, patrons were given a treat of fungi music and were entertained by steel pan music and drum corps. Further, there was a dance performance by the Feteniques Majorettes which displayed their dexterity and skills.

Yesterday’s event was part of the ongoing Taste of the BVI Food Fest which will see the next stop being the Anegada Lobster Festival on November 28 and 29, 2015.

22 Responses to “Tara K. Stoutt, Enid Pickering win big @ Food Fete”

  • doc do little (23/11/2015, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    They should name this park off dr scaliffe
  • 2 cruise ships were in (23/11/2015, 17:16) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    and not one tourist showed up to the park/food fete..Well sah!
  • new photo minister (23/11/2015, 17:18) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    Fahie you getting like funny man always in photo
    • Difference (23/11/2015, 19:51) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
      Fahie real & history proves that. Funny man is about the show & to impress. Fahie is real people so back offof Fahie you haters.
      • @ diference (23/11/2015, 21:49) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply

        That traitor go from here bossie

        • Hmmm (23/11/2015, 22:36) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
          It is amazing that only the yellow site bloggers speak about who is traitor. It is clear the intent but time will tell.
          • @ hmmm (24/11/2015, 08:22) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
            Andrew will never be the VIP chairman NEVER
            • To @hmmm (24/11/2015, 11:52) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
              The majority of us & Fahie I know could care less about that. So keep it & when ayo die go with it. Smh.
  • First district (23/11/2015, 17:30) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    Tara we large and in charge and we would have been rich too if the check had a few more zeros behind the one and in front of the point but we will take what we get. Fahie don't miss a moment good or bad with his people. What a guy! Kudos to Tourist Board. Excellent initiative!
  • wow (23/11/2015, 17:36) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats Tara and Picko.
    • cheat (23/11/2015, 20:36) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply

      F..... somehow cheat for Tara. Time will deal with him accordingly.

  • review (23/11/2015, 19:20) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    This review has nothing to do with the participants... but more to do with the organizers. This was my first time attending the Taste of Tortola. I am quite the foody so I went with great anticipation. I left very disappointed. It was a poor use of space and the program was lackluster. Most people complained that the samples ran out too early but I didn't honestly expect that the food would last for the entire 6 hours. I did however expect that the layout would be more asthetically pleasing and the entertainment would flow more nicely. Reminded me a whole lot of the lobster fest which is also poorly organized. Come on guys... I know you can do better than this.
  • vendor (23/11/2015, 19:26) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    Dem cheat!
    • @ vendor (24/11/2015, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shut your hole. You all ain’t tired being negative.
    • Oh Really Now? (24/11/2015, 14:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ vendor. You do realize that the scoring was done by us, the visitors who left their tickets at the booth were most impressed with, right? If you had taken a quick glance around or even a walk through you would have noticed that JB's booth actually had the most tickets as votes. So just get over it!
  • Events gone wrong (24/11/2015, 00:07) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    The event organizer is clueless between this one and the one at the BVI Ports I wonder how in the world these clueless people get hired. Peter Island half empty and $200 for finger food and RTW $5.00 bottles of wine, Virgin Gorda better but had lots of rain and no charter boat so half the people left before they catch even half the show. Tortola was simple a joke. Thing spread out for a mile and SDA church band performing in complete darkness.

    $200.000 dollars for locals to sample local food as the tourist season begins. Who does that? Real Boost for the economy when the country is trying to manage limited funds. Maybe they should change the name from "Tourist Board" to Local Board because it seems stupid that just before the season we spent this type of money to give locals sample food from local vendors. Maybe locals will take all the tourist out to eat... We can do better then this!
    • Big Laugh (24/11/2015, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
      You are clearly clueless so Please keep your review to yourself and save yourself the embarrassment of looking and sounding stupid.
    • agreed (24/11/2015, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with every word you said.. Ridiculous... first off Mrs. Adams whom I love btw, as a judge for Fish and fungi ..What does she know about our fish and fungi as a Vincentian.. she doesn't even cook our cusine. The whole event was poorly organized.. it was not worth the $30.00. As a foodie myself, I was so excited about this event to be disappointed in every aspect.
  • @ events gone wrong (24/11/2015, 08:25) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I second the motion
  • .... (24/11/2015, 13:19) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    Food too damn expensive!

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