Press Releases Caribbean Days 2024 officially opened at the Renaissance Brussels

Caribbean Days 2024 officially opened at the Renaissance Brussels

Brussels, 18th June 2024 – The official opening of the second edition of the Caribbean Days was held at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel and officiated by H.E. Ambassador Collin Connelly of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Patrick Hermann, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium for the Americas & Caribbean and the CARIFORUM Group of Ambassadors at Brussels (GCAB).

The Caribbean Days is an annual event organised by the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Europe (CCCE) as a series of business and cultural events to showcase ‘The Best of the Caribbean’. The primary feature of this event is a Caribbean Culinary Week and several trade workshops, promoting premium Caribbean products, such as rum, coffee and cocoa, as well as creative industries, such as art and cuisine, literature and poetry, music and dance.

For the Caribbean Culinary Week, award-winning celebrity Chef Orlando, who flew in from St. Lucia, is preparing a special 4-course Caribbean Gourmet Menu, which is served at The Poet restaurant of the Renaissance Brussels. This is a unique opportunity to experience the finest Caribbean cuisine at the special rate of Fifty Nine Euros (€59), which includes a tropical welcome cocktail, until Sunday evening, 23rd June 2024.

The Caribbean Days started off on Monday, 17th June with the Union of Belgium’s Bartenders (UBB) National Bartenders Competition, with winner Larry Godefroid participating in the World Championships organised by the International Bartenders Association (IBA) later this year.

On Thursday, June 20th June a special Caribbean Poetry & Cocktail Workshop will be organised to honour some of the Nobel Prize winning writers from the Region. Prof. Bénédicte Ledent of the University of Liège will conduct a special reading of excerpts from the works being displayed.

On Friday, 21st June a special Live Musical Evening will be held at The Poet to celebrate the Fête de la Musique; while on Saturday, 22nd June the first Caribbean Gala Dinner & Dance will take place at the Renaissance Brussels Ballroom; before closing on Sunday, 23rd of June with the National Latin Dance Competition & Workshops organised by

Furthermore, all participants of the Caribbean Days, visitors and guests of The Renaissance Brussels can take part in a special Caribbean Competition to win fabulous prizes, including a week’s holiday to the Dominican Republic and a Caribbean cruise with Star Clippers, as well as free weekend tickets to the Europe’s biggest Caribbean Music Festival, Antilliaanse Feesten.

CCCE is grateful for the support received by The Renaissance Brussels, part of Marriott Hotels; and the Sponsors of the Caribbean Days, which include: the House of Angostura, HTJ Tax and Tobago Gold, as well as the following partners who have generously offered prizes for the Caribbean Days Competition: Air Europa, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, Star Clippers Cruises, and Antilliaanse Feesten.

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Source: Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, AISBL

Contact: Jo Spalburg, Caribbean Media Partners

Telephone: +32-2-681 0393


About the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Europe (CCCE):

The Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, AISBL was founded in November 2019 to facilitate trade between the greater Caribbean and Europe and promote investments from Europe to the Caribbean. CCCE is a non-for-profit, multi-lateral business services organisation that is based at BECI, the Brussels Enterprises, Commerce & Industry, Avenue Louise 500, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels.

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About the CARIFORUM Group of Ambassadors at Brussels (CGAB):

The CGAB is composed of Heads of Mission of twelve (12) Caribbean Embassies accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium and Missions accredited to the European Union (EU) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS). They represent The Islands of the Bahamas, the Republic of Barbados, Belize, the Republic of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) including Grenada, the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, the Republic of Haiti, Jamaica, the Republic of Suriname and the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.

About the Renaissance Brussels and The Poet:

Located in the heart of the European Quarter, facing the European Parliament, close to Luxembourg train station and just a short walk from the fashionable boutiques of Avenue Louise, the Renaissance Brussels Hotel is ideally situated near all EU Institutions. With 262 spacious bedrooms, a restaurant and bar The Poet, and 9 spacious meeting rooms, the Renaissance Brussels Hotel is the best spot to explore the Belgian capital.

The Poet Brussels aims to encapsulate the spirit of both the neighbourhood and the city of Brussels: boldly fashionable and stylish, yet firmly dedicated to excellence in cuisine and premium offerings. The restaurant and bar provide the perfect setting for unique connections with locals and fellow globetrotters who share the same vision. The Poet is the perfect place to indulge and engage amidst decor inspired by the vibrant surroundings, where innovation and progressive ideas take centre stage.

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About Chef Orlando:

Orlando Satchell, better known as Chef Orlando is a British born (of Jamaican-Barbadian heritage) internationally-accredited and award-winning celebrity chef, who made Saint Lucia his home, where he owns and operates Orlando’s Restaurant & Bar at Fond Bernier in Soufrière.

Chef Orlando’s culinary establishment has been accredited as one of the ‘Top Three in the Caribbean’ and he gained the prestigious title ‘Caribbean Chef of the Year’ at the Caribbean Travel Awards 2020. The food veteran was voted one of the best chefs in the region in 2018 and 2019 by Caribbean Journal and has been recognised as the only Caribbean restaurant to be observed as one of the best in the world by the readers of Travel & Leisure and Food & Wine in 2020. The Top Chef’s Saint Lucian culinary abode is the only Caribbean restaurant to have attained this accolade by the renowned rated publications; the annual ‘World’s Best Restaurants’ list, a collaboration between Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine, is a celebration of eateries around the world that best capture the spirit, culture and cuisine of their communities.

In 2019 Chef Orlando was also honoured with a Gault Millau France award and as one of the top restaurants to dine in the Caribbean numerous times by Trip Advisor. The experienced chef deemed these major feats which he is humbled by giving props to his Barbadian mother as the main foundational contributor toward his success. He relished fond memories of growing up and observer her in full swing in the heart of their home, the kitchen, exhibiting her impeccable bargaining skills in the bustling marketplaces of London, England.

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