There will be a special Caribbean twist this year to one of New York’s finest wine, spirits and food festivals, the Toast of Brooklyn, which will be held on Saturday 10 November at the futuristic William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The organizers have revealed that a special feature of Toast of Brooklyn 2018 will be the promotion of Caribbean cuisine and tourism to the approximately 3,000 attendees, adding a unique Caribbean twist to a mainstream audience while maintaining an atmosphere of sophistication.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has been working with the organisers to secure the participation of member countries, which, at no cost to them, will be provided with a station from which their chefs will share samples of their signature dishes, although they will be required to pay a small fee should they wish to distribute promotional materials.
In addition, the CTO Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism and related subjects, will launch an auction including Caribbean holidays at Toast of Brooklyn to help raise funds for the scholarship programme. The organisers have also chosen the CTO Foundation as one of the beneficiaries.
“Our choice of the CTO Foundation as a beneficiary of the 11th Annual Toast of Brooklyn event is in keeping with our objective of identifying organisations whose core principles are based on promoting academic achievement and leadership,” said Toast of Brooklyn founder Edmon Braithwaite.
“The promotion of these ideals is now more profound after witnessing last year’s natural disasters in the Caribbean. It is admirable that the CTO Foundation is committed to nurturing the young achievers of today to become the leaders of tomorrow in a very challenging and dynamic hospitality industry. We also believe that concomitant to our support of the CTO Foundation is the promotion of the rich, diverse Caribbean culture to the absorbing Brooklyn audience. We look forward to a great event and relationship.”
This expression of support to the foundation clearly demonstrates that companies and individuals from the Caribbean Diaspora are eager to contribute to its ideals by leveraging their contacts and providing access to their events in the marketplace to assist the CTO Foundation in meeting its objective, according to Sylma Brown who heads the CTO’ New York office.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the CTO and the foundation to liaise more directly with a young, upscale demographic with the propensity and means to travel to the Caribbean. This is also an opportunity for us to invite them to support our activities during Caribbean Week New York,” Brown said.
“Thanks to Mr. Braithwaite for extending the invitation to the foundation and providing us with one additional means of raising funds and promoting the region.”
Now in its 11th year, Toast of Brooklyn features a combination of global wines and spirits producers along with small batch boutique wineries and craft spirits. Exotic cuisine from world tourism hotspots, renowned chefs from the Food Network and local artisans also participate in this one-of-its-kind experience that capitalises on Brooklyn’s unique cultural diversity.