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Taste Of The Caribbean in the Old Port in Montreal

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June 26 – 27 – 28, in the Old Port of Montreal
It is your chance to travel!

ToTC-ENG-LOGOA TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN/UN GOÛT DES CARAÏBES is Quebec’s premier Caribbean cultural event. And for the FIRST TIME EVER, we’re in a BRAND NEW LOCATION in the OLD PORT OF MONTREAL with THREE BIG DAYS replete with a cornucopia of Caribbean culture, food, music and arts.


  • FREE entrance between 11am-to-6pm
  • $5 to $10 evening concerts by internationally renowned artists
  • New outdoor location at the Old-Port of Montreal (Isle Bonsecours)
  • Array of sample Caribbean food portions ($5 & under)
  • Live cooking demos by celebrity chefs
  • Live mixology demos of exotic Caribbean beverages
  • Street carnival (costume parade)
  • Masterchef Canada contestants Twice the Spice
  • Caribbean flavored Won Ton Crunch featured on Dragons’ Den
  • “Marley Coffee” café-terrace on-site
  • Barbadian-American “The Rum-Chef” Paul Yellin
  • Guadeloupe chef “Babette de Roziéres”
  • Jerk–BBQ style cooking in a traditional steel drum barrel
  • Traditional steel pan and Congo-drum performances
  • Caribbean style Carnival
  • Kids zone, including Caribbean face-painting and hair braiding
  • Artisans’ corner
  • Caribbean pastry Chef “Cupid” from Toronto
  • VIP tent including full service treatment: open rum bar, open kitchen, open terrace
  • Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee served on an open terrace
  • Exclusively imported Caribbean Rum
  • Caribbean fashion show
  • Mango-on-a-stick



Gemma Raeburn-Baynes


Gemma is an avid fundraiser for numerous charitable organizations. With over 40 years of work and volunteer experience in the community she has set up several non-profit organizations and projects aimed at bringing to light the rich culture of the Caribbean. Gemma is President and Founder of Playmas Montreal Cultural Association and A Taste of the Caribbean Festival, the largest Caribbean Food Festival in Quebec. Some of her many initiatives include: Triumph Through Adversity, a culinary scholarship program for disenfranchised and unemployed youth, The Montreal Ebony Models, the first Black Modeling agency in Quebec, the Miss Black Quebec Pageant, and Montreal’s Caribbean Carnival. She was a founding Board Member of Dalhousie University’s James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies. Gemma also sits on several boards, including the Black Community Editorial Board of the CBC.