A Taste of the Caribbean (TOTC) is Quebec’s premier Caribbean cultural event with a mission of promoting the diversity of Canada’s Caribbean culture.
TOTC’s mission is to promote the diversity of Canada’s Caribbean culture to all audiences; to form a better understanding and integration between cultures, as well as to influence Canadians of non-Caribbean descent to eventually travel to the Caribbean region, while at the same time, direct them to visit local Caribbean outlets in Canada, such as: live performances/events, restaurants, retail stores, art galleries, related e-commerce sites of imported products, etc.
What started out back in 1999 as a small 1 day all-you-can eat indoor ticketed food event, has now transformed into a large 4-day FREE outdoor music, arts, food, and culture festival, which also features several live international performing artists/bands within a special ticketed concert zone. From Jamaica’s famous reggae sounds and jerk chicken dishes to the spiced rums and soca artists of Barbados and Grenada, we invite you to come and submerse yourself in the Caribbean culture, right here at the Old-Port of Montreal!
A Taste of the Caribbean is an exotic experience for all your senses!
TOTC allows visitors to taste their way through the islands by way of local restaurants,
international guest chefs, cooking and mixology demonstrations and spectacular musical performances
from homegrown talent to internationally known, Grammy-Award winning performers.
For over a decade TOTC was a successful event for the Caribbean community. Organizers wanted to build on that success and on the loyal fan following by bringing the event to the many “friends of the Caribbean” in Montreal. So, in 2015, they decided it was time to introduce the event to the greater public. Having scanned Montreal’s festival landscape, they remarked that although Montreal hosts several island-specific one-day events, it didn’t have one, all-encompassing celebration that highlights all aspects of Caribbean culture on a grand scale.
To fill this void TOTC came under a new vision in 2015. Since then, the festival has grown from an indoor, single-day event to an outdoor, four-day extravaganza at one of Canada’s hottest tourist destinations!
TOTC will continue to promote Caribbean culture to instill a sense of pride in those with roots in the Caribbean and a sense of curiosity and appreciation in those “friends of the Caribbean”. Bon festival!