Foodies taste the islands

Dr. Roy Hastick; Sr.; president and founder of CACCI (center) stands with Chief Program Officer Sandra Chapman (left) and Yolanda Lezama-Clarke of CLACC-C and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (right); along with other attendees at the Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration Press Conference at Borough Hall Grand Rotunda.
Photo by Kevin Bollers

Two words generally make a crowd of people happy: free and food.

Brooklyn’s Borough Hall Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations combined the two concepts Friday, June 12 with the annual Taste of the Caribbean event.

Featuring nine distinct restaurants, patrons’ senses of smell, sight and most importantly taste were thoroughly satisfied.

From corn soup to island patties, Beryl Green admits that this is her favorite Caribbean Heritage Month event. “I’ve been coming so many years but this has always been a very exciting and awesome event. I’m eating up the food — I love Caribbean food and can taste from so many different islands here,” Green, a Jamaican native, said.

Representing the islands of Trinidad, Haiti, Barbados and Jamaica, each restaurant presented a sample of some of the finest items on their menu.

Before those in attendance piled their plates high, mini performances kept the crowd entertained including a brief showcase from the upcoming film “De Roaring 70’s A Calypso Musical.”

Despite the event being light hearted in nature, Dr. Roy Hastik, founder and president of Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), prompted for restaurateurs and audience to “pull out those business cards and network.”

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Reach reporter Alley Olivier at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at aoliv[email protected] Follow Alley on Twitter @All3Y_B.

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