Crowds line up for tasting of Bahamian drink at Taste of the Islands Experience S Florida
The line was long at the Bahamas booth during the South Florida food and drink tasting event, which took place at History Fort Lauderdale. Many festival goers kept returning to taste more and more of the “Tallest Mango Tree drink.” The Bahamas was only one of the many Caribbean Islands participating in the event and providing tastings of food, desserts and spirits.
The Bahamas’ popular drink at the event, ‘The Tallest (loaded) Mango Tree,’ featured the Kalik Radler Mango refreshment, a version of a very popular Bahamian beer. Also offered at the booth was a non-alcoholic beverage, “The Sweetest Mango Tree.”
Bahamian Mixologist Marv Cunningham prepares demonstration of drink for onlookers at S Florida's Taste of the Island's Experienceat
Cunningham detailed to the excited crowd how easy it is to make a simple tamarind syrup. He said that one would simply mix together one cup of sugar, one cup of water, one cup of tamarind and bring to a boil. He further shared that tamarind can be found on the Islands, in almost everyone’s yard or backyard, “Your uncle, your grammy, your neighbor.”
The mixologist whose drinks have been described as “stratospheric,” was sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, to represent the country of 700 Islands at the event.
The award-winning mixologist is currently employed by the world-famous Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, Bahamas, in their signature night club Aura. His many achievements include being the gold medalist champion of The Taste of the Caribbean competition for two years in a row, 2015 and 2016; he was the Stolichnaya Regional Mix Master Champion for 2014 and 2015, and again in 2017. In 2015 he was named the Caribbean Journal’s Travel Awards Bartender of the Year.
Bahamas Tourism Sr. Manager, Adrian Kemp serves drink at Bahamas Booth at Taste of The Islands Experience
In addition to food and drink tastings at the booths sponsored by various Caribbean Islands, the event also featured a shopping village, glam and massage studios, live bands and cultural performers.
Sr. Marketing Manager, Baamas Tourist Office, Florida, Adrian Kemp, prepares for tasting at Bahamas Booth
DeAnne Gibson, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s Manager of Culinary Arts accompanied Cunningham. Members of the Bahamas Tourist Office Sales team at the booth included Florida Sales Director, Betty Bethel Moss and Sr. Marketing Manager, Adrian Kemp.
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