There is a remarkable similarity between Barbadian and Trinidadian and Tobagonian cuisine. At the recent Bajan Trini Treat celebration at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre in Port of Spain, Barbadian treats were in the spotlight.
Guests were treated to delicacies like flying-fish rolls, cornmeal cou-cou, tamarind-glazed back belly lamb with Mount Gay golden apple compote, as well as an assortment of sweets such as tamarind balls and guava cheese.
While there were many dishes synonymous with Barbados, many guests were also surprised to see the island shares some similarities with Trinidad. Hilton Trinidad executive chef Angela Garraway-Holland said her aim was to showcase authentic Barbadian food. She noted while some of the dishes might go by different names, they have similar spices and are made in the same way.
The Bajan Trini Treat cocktail celebration was hosted in collaboration with the Hilton Barbados Resort and the the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. Barbadian culture, entertainment and cuisine were highlights of the event, which was aimed at bringing a piece of Barbados to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Tracy Jones, senior sales manager at the Hilton Barbados Resort, explained that the aim of the event was to show Trinidadians who came for the Crop Over festival that the Hilton Barbados Resort was open outside of the festival.
Each year, the number of Trinidadians who visit our annual Crop Over festival increases, and so we wanted to let them know that we are also open for business outside of the festival. At Hilton Barbados, we have something for everyone, and that is what we wanted to showcase at the event,” Jones said.
Hilton Barbados Resort’s special events were also highlighted during the reception, including details about the weekly Meet and Eat at the Grille Restaurant and Bar, Pasta Night at the Lighthouse Restaurant, Open Mic in The Careenage, and the popular Beach Breadfruit and Bonfire event.