These events are expected to attract both UK and Caribbean support as the project continues to enlist strategic partners interested in assisting Caribbean exporters / manufacturers to increase their competitiveness and value in the United Kingdom market; the main objective of the events.
David F. Roberts, founder of CaribDirect Multi-Media and Jus’ Caribbean Festival. Photo courtesy CaribDirect
In recognition of the need to reach out to Caribbean restaurateurs, chefs, cooks and other industry practitioners a pre-launch of the events was held at Lambeth College. Short presentations from the Jus’ Caribbean Festivalteam outlining the ethos and objectives of the events plus remarks from the main sponsors Grace Foods, were delivered supported by a riveting speech from the Deputy High Commissioner for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. All of this was rendered against the backdrop of sweet Caribbean music on a steel pan with the strong aroma of Caribbean cuisine and an assortment of Grace drinks to wash it down.
Deputy High Commissioner for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Mrs Doris Charles. Photo courtesy CaribDirect
Grace Foods UK Head of Marketing Nyree Chambers. Photo courtesy CaribDirect
Following in quick succession was Deputy High Commissioner for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Mrs Doris Charles who made the point that the focus of the Jus’ Caribbean Festival is, ‘So right and the idea of selling the Caribbean to Europe and everywhere else has just catapulted beyond the boundaries of small island states,’
Grace Foods UKHead of Marketing Nyree Chambers expressed her pleasure to be working with the CaribDirectteam on this exciting project. She was followed by Grace Foods Caribbean Food and Drink Conference director, Bertram Leon who emphasized the need for the conference to provide a unique opportunity for manufacturers and exporters to take full advantage of the opportunity to speak with buyers to understand how to properly package and present their wares to a discerning market.
The pre-launch gave prospective sponsors an insight into what would be on offer at next year’s events and also provide an opportunity to get any queries or concerns about sponsorship or strategic partnership arrangements cleared up from the ‘horse’s mouth’ so to speak.
Cross-section of audience. Photo courtesy CaribDirect
Guests were treated to 15 to 30 second video clips of Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Victoria Mutual Building Society and of course, Grace Foods UK. In recognition of the presence of distinguished guests such as Deputy High Commissioner for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Mrs Doris Charles; Counselor for Jamaican High Commission, Ms Carol Lee-Lea, Trade Diplomat from the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission, Ms Beverley Reviero-Awonaya and Caribbean representative from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Paul Carter, gift baskets courtesy Grace Foods were given out in appreciation by Mrs Carol Vaughan-Roberts, administrative director for CaribDirect and Mrs Nyree Chambers of Grace Foods UK.
Mrs Carol Vaughan-Roberts, administrative director for CaribDirect and Mrs Nyree Chambers of Grace Foods UK presenting Mrs Doris Charles her gift basket. Photo courtesy CaribDirect
Bringing the formal proceedings to an end was Jus’ Caribbean Festival’s Marketing Director, Ms Wanda Connor who skillfully summarized the presentations pointing out the salient points for the guests to ponder and reflect on as they choose which events to support next year. She thanked the sponsors, Lambeth College, the dignitaries and the guests for their support in coming out to share this special evening with the Jus’ Caribbean Festival team and sponsors.
Mrs Carol Vaughan-Roberts, administrative director for CaribDirect presenting to Ms Carol Lee-Lea. Photo courtesy CaribDirect
As persons mingled and networked in the well-appointed Lambeth CollegeRestaurant the crisp sounds of steel pan music performed by Brent Holder MBE, rang through creating an unmistakably Caribbean atmosphere that was visibly enjoyed by all. Important connections, business and personal were made and plans are now seriously afoot to ensure Grace Foods Caribbean Food and Drink Conferenceand Grace Foods Jus’ Caribbean Festival. 2017 are unforgettable events spoken of in more than one significant community in the Unite Kingdom.
Mrs Carol Vaughan-Roberts, administrative director for CaribDirect and Mrs Nyree Chambers of Grace Foods UK presenting Ms Beverley Awonaya her gift basket. Photo courtesy CaribDirect