Caribbean Chefs to Battle for Pork Pride in Miami

Caribbean chefs are getting ready for a culinary celebration in Miami.

Which Caribbean destination serves the best pork shoulder? Attendees at Caribbean305, South Florida’s premier Caribbean cuisine and culture celebration, will soon find out as top regional chefs battle for porcine supremacy when they compete at the “2019 Contemporary Caribbean Individual Street Pork Competition” or “Pork Roast” in Miami on Saturday, June 22, at Mana Wynwood.

Ahead of the Caribbean305 celebration itself, the chefs will compete in the U.S. Meat Export Federation and U.S. Pork event outside the entrance of Mana Wynwood. Later, they will serve up their savory creations to arriving attendees as they get ready to shake their trotters to Caribbean sounds during the event.

This food sport challenge requires each cook to create their destination’s best traditional street-style pork dish in a contemporary manner.

Entrants will be judged by Bill Moore, founder of Taste of Caribbean and owner of Pushcart Foods; Michael Compton, president of the Caribbean BBQ Association and Smoking Hot Ventures; and Josué Merced-Reyes, an adjudicator of the Cattlemen’s BBQ Whole Hog Competition and owner of El Buen Vivir.

Featuring flavors and savors from over a dozen countries and territories, Caribbean305 spotlights award-winning chefs and mixologists from 16 destinations: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and the United States Virgin Islands. The event also brings in cultural influences from the Dominican Republic.

Caribbean305 VIP tickets are $125 per person and include one-hour early access to the event at 7 p.m., a separate VIP check-in area, a welcome cocktail, a premium goody bag, access to a VIP lounge area with an exclusive, private bar and passed tapas service, additional seating and unlimited food, drinks and entertainment. The limited number of VIP tickets will only be available online.

General admission tickets are $75 and include access from 8 to 11 p.m. with an all-inclusive experience of unlimited drinks, food and entertainment.

Moko jumbie stilt walkers and carnival dancers in full-feathered regalia will welcome the guests, who will also party to live Caribbean entertainment, including reggae, soca, salsa and zouk.

Visitors to Caribbean305 can learn about travel to the region from regional tourism representatives, and have the chance to win free trips to Caribbean destinations throughout the night.

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