Absorb the Cuisine, Culture & Heritage of Curacao

August 15, 2005 by admin
Filed under: Entertainment and Sport, Events, Travel and Tourism 

The first annual Curacao Cuisine, Culture and Heritage Festival offers visitors to the Dutch Caribbean island the opportunity to experience the isle from the inside out. Starting on August 15 and running through October 15, 2005, the festival will present visitors with a glimpse of the musical, artistic and folkloric fabric that weaves together the over 40 unique cultures that call Curacao home. As one of only six UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Caribbean, Curacao boasts a wealth of history dating back to the Spanish explorers and early Dutch settlers.

For two months, nine art galleries, twelve museums and over twenty restaurants will grant special offers on purchases and admissions. As visitors venture into the doors of the art galleries, which will offer free admission and a 10% discount on purchases, they will find oils, sculptures and photography as rich as the island’s culture. The deep heritage of Curacao dates back hundreds of years and the local museums will offer free or discounted admission to visitors wanting to experience the history of this island. The cuisine of Curacao infuses the spices of a rainbow of cultures and during the festival participating restaurants will offer a 10% discount on food and beverages.

As an added bonus, visitors can partake in a complimentary culinary walking tour through the historic, picturesque city of Willemstad every Tuesday morning during the festival. The tour, guided by Angelique Schoop, owner of Angelica’s Kitchen, will highlight various points of interest in both the Punda and Otrabanda districts, stop by the Floating Market and visit Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue, in constant use, in the Western Hemisphere. The tour will be provided compliments of the Curacao Tourist Board for the first 24 visitors to reserve the tour each week of the festival.

Additionally, to help alleviate the high cost of plane tickets, which oftentimes can become the biggest expense in planning a vacation, visitors during the festival are also eligible to receive up to a $200 airfare credit on stays of five nights or more at participating hotels.

Curacao, located outside of the hurricane belt, boasts an eclectic mix of history and culture, which creates a Caribbean experience like no other. Also known for its eco-tourism and pristine diving conditions, Curacao attracts the adventure traveler as well as those looking to unwind and enjoy its perfect climate. Visitors to Curacao will enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course, casinos and much more. American Airlines offer daily flights into Curacao. Contact hotels or travel agents directly for more information. To learn more about Curacao or to receive a free destination DVD contact 1-800-3- CURAÇAO (1-800-328-7222) or visit www.Curacao-tourism.com

The Curacao Cuisine, Culture and Heritage Festival is presented by the Curacao Ministry of Tourism, The Curacao Tourism Development Board and The Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association. All of the participating vendors, restaurants, and hotels along with their respective offers, can be found on the event website: www.Curacao-event.com Also available on the website is a downloadable information brochure and ‘visitors pass’. This pass much be presented to receive the special discounts and promotional offers at participating vendors throughout the festival.

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