By Faye-Chantelle Mondesir
The Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Europe (CCCE) is pleased to launch its first annual inaugural Caribbean Days (Journées des Caraïbes / Caraïbische Dagen) promotion from July 25-31, 2022. Sofitel Brussels Europe will be the focal host destination for the succession of prestigious activities.
Caribbean Days is a sequence of business and cultural events scheduled to illustrate the finest of the Caribbean, featuring a Caribbean Culinary Week to be conducted at the 1040 Restaurant, located at Sofitel Brussels Europe. Multiple trade workshops have been organised with the purpose of promoting the Caribbean’s premium cocoa, coffee, rum, spirits and cigars.
Saint-Lucian-based, globally acclaimed celebrity Chef Orlando Satchell who has secured numerous awards, will be a participant at this spectacular event. He is expected to produce and deliver an amazing, flavorous four-course Caribbean gourmet menu. The accomplished chef is thankful for this opportunity to share during this historic function and anticipates representing Saint Lucia, serving his unique Caribbean cuisine. This monumental affair is a distinctive occasion, allowing attendees to experience preeminent Caribbean cuisine at the special rate of forty-nine Euros, inclusive of a bonus course and accompanied by a free post-dinner drink.
A Media Tourism workshop will also be conducted to include the most significant number of Caribbean destinations ever seen in Belgium. The annual Caribbean Days promotion will be further developed into a more elaborate event scheduled to be staged in 2023, featuring supplementary cultural showcase activities to be hosted in Brussels. These include a Caribbean Art Exhibition, Caribbean Film Festival, Caribbean Fashion Show, Caribbean Fairs & Festivals, Caribbean Poetry & Literature evenings, Caribbean Gaming and Sports Days, among others.
Current Co-ordinator of the CARIFORUM Group of Ambassadors at Brussels (CGAB) and Ambassador of Barbados, Her Excellency Mrs. Joy-Ann Skinner expressed, ‘We welcome the Caribbean Days promotion in Brussels, as an excellent way to raise the profile of the Caribbean, which is not as well-known here in Belgium, as other regions of the world are known”. She proceeded to add, “The Caribbean Culinary Week would allow local, regional and international patrons in Belgium to experience Caribbean’s rich cultural heritage through the region’s finest gastronomic flavours, artistic products and services”.
CCCE has expressed gratitude for their support and appreciation for the sponsors of the first annual Caribbean Days promotion.