Taste of Haiti at North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art

There are a few tried and true avenues through which a country can establish its name on the world map. Its people, its culture, its art and music, sports, government, etc. all can be conduits through which a country's popularity rises worldwide. Haiti has had successes in these fields and more before, but, the earthquake of January 2010 usurped the top spot and put the name Haiti into the minds of the world's people in a context of pity and sorrow. Ever since then, the fight to reclaim the country's popularity in a more positive attitude has been waged by the tourism sector.


Through the collaboration of the Haitian Culinary Alliance (HCA), the Haitian General Consulate in Miami, Commissioner of Miami-Dade County, Jean Monestime, the City of North Miami and the Haitian Chamber of Commerce in Florida, Taste of Haiti was born. It shed a positive light on and facilitated the discovery of fine Haitian cuisine, influenced by Africa, Lebanon, India, France and Spain among others, to many a receptive palette on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

The HCA is plain on their intent to make this an annual event, and the support they received on this, the first staging, gave confidence the event could continue on for many years to come. Held at the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza, the show also offered some learning with the food as patrons were able to view an exhibit at the museum; a feast for the eyes to complement a feast for the stomach.

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