You have contacted your Caribbean wedding destination, planned all the elements and now choosing the menu, and of course you are working with a Wedding Planner. What fun! Now you will want to incorporate the local cuisine to impress your guests. Having a Caribbean wedding or Caribbean honeymoon is more than Sun, Sand and Water. The local food and customs can be included to provide a new experience, thereby giving your special day that memorable edge.
Caribbean cuisine is a rich mixture of African, French, Spanish, Dutch and English There are customs and ‘must have’ foods that is a part of the local tradition when getting married. Most of the food tends to be on the spicy side, so do make sure you explain dietary habits to your Caribbean Wedding Planner. Spices is a fundamental basic in cooking to enhance taste of European dishes brought to the Islands.
Throughout the islands,the traditional ‘Black Cake’ is a must have for your Caribbean wedding. This is derived from the English Plum Pudding: a rich mixture of blended fruits soaked in wine/rum and baked. End result a rich, moist dark brown cake and this is generally topped with English icing. (Royal icing) This icing holds up well in the Caribbean and is heavily decorated as per the choice of the bride/groom. Unlike an American fuit cake, the fruits blend into the Caribbean wedding black cake. Your Wedding Planner will know the best wedding cake baker onthe island of your choice. One Wedding Planner who makes absolutely delicious cakes is Dreamy Weddings of St. Kitts & Nevis.
It is said that if you put a piece of wedding cake under your pillow, you are guaranteed to be exceptionally fertile. Please be careful and only use a small sliver, unless of course you want a large family.
The first tier (top cake) is usually put aside and frozen to be eaten at the first anniversary celebration.
The bounty of fruits in the Caribbean gives rise to whatever concoction the mind can conceive. Have the bartender create your signature Caribbean wedding drink to be served to everyone. As a matter of fact, make your signature drink the centerpiece of the cocktail hour. Arrange for the hotel to present you with the recipe and the date of your wedding in a photo frame for display in your new home. This will also provide you with the opportunity to serve your special signature drink at your first dinner party.
There is nothing like a table of cracked conch or conch served in its many forms (so far Bahamas has the best). An array of seafood or for the serious carnivore mini lamb chops on the grill. When it comes to local food, each island has its own specialty.
You simply cannot have a main course without the traditional rice and peas. (This is white rice and red beans cooked in coconut milk with special seasoning): truly mouthwatering.
Of course you have the choices of fish, meats or chicken. You may also want to include some of the famous Jamaican Jerk cooking. ‘Jerk’ was developed by the runaway slaves during the British occupation. It is a simple way of cooking meats heavily spiced over a slow open fire.
Trinidad & Tobago is known for its curry and you must visit Puerto Rico and try some of the local food. The best hotel for local food in Puerto Rico is the Caribe Hilton and the restaurant that is a must on my list is Ajili Mojili in San Juan.
Of course Jamaica has the Sugar Mill, best local food, wonderful atmosphere and pleasant service. The hotels on this island serve a wonderful array of local dishes and you simply cannot top the Half Moon Hotel & Resort for their local display of a traditional Jamaican breakfast of Ackee and Saltfish.
The offerings are numerous and truly appetizing. Work with the Wedding Planner to have a table of varied desserts using local products.