Foodies may well be stumped for choice here. With African, Indian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Syrian-Lebanese, and other influences, the island’s culinary scene is distinct, dynamic — and delicious! This is just a beginner’s guide — for much more, dive in to the range of coverage, including recipes and local food features, in our Food & Entertainment section.
You could, quite seriously, come to Trinidad just to eat. Trinidadians love food — eating it, cooking it, and sharing it. Of course it’s way more fun to enjoy everything the island has to offer, but punctuate the excursions with culinary experiences ranging from finger-lickin’ street food to exquisite, award-winning fine dining experiences
No, a ceramic coconut made in China is probably not how you want to remember your trip to Trinidad. Fair enough. But there are exceptionally talented local craftsmen in Trinidad working in leather, clay, fabric, copper and other raw materials like seeds, shells and gourds. And you can find just about anything mainstream, from clothes, houseware and aromatherapy candles to fancy local foods, fashion and jewellery
It’s Friday night. Or maybe it’s Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or any other night of the week. And you’re bored! Now, we Trinidadians take boredom very seriously. We have a reputation to maintain as the social mecca of the Caribbean – “liming country”, if you will – and we cannot have our reputation tarnished by any local or visitor claiming to be bored on our watch.
Pretty much everything we do revolves around food. Out for drinks? Yes but we’ll stop for doubles/roti/gyros after. It’s Christmas! Midnight mass, love to your fellow man, wrap presents. The reward: pastelles, ham, ponche de crème, black cake. Beach! Where’s the shark and bake*? Cricket! Who’s bringing the pelau?
Trinidad’s food landscape reflects the diversity and creativity of its people. That rich and diverse people and history give rise to a culinary landscape that is almost beyond “fusion”, and just its own thing
Veni Mangé is a creole restaurant in Woodbrook, Trinidad founded by sisters Roses Hezekiah and the late Allyson Hennessy (a Cordon Bleu chef). They shared their thoughts with Discover T&T on Trinidad cuisine and their favourite dishes