I spent my Saturday evening, the 29th of September, at the wonderful food festival Flavors of Curaçao. Pulling up at the Hilton Hotel, all I could see where rows of parked cars. Even at 6:30 the festival was running and busy with people. There was a small line to get into the festival and receive the five tokens that came with my ticket. Immediately I went and purchased 20 more tokens and finally entered the festival. Already I could hear music, felt a great vibe, smelled great food, and see the great stands that were made by our local best restaurants in Curaçao.
Best Restaurants in Curaçao
I saw and smelled amazing food from Bali, Popcultr, Soup For You, and Porto in the first lane. Each stand seems to offer a small selection of drinks, usually, a wine that pairs the dish. Further down Lane 1, there was a Bacardi Stand for drinks and afterwards, I stopped at O’Porto to order the Garlic Shrimp. The Garlic Shrimp was delicious! The garlic shrimp with its salad was fresh and I truly enjoyed it for a price of 4 tokens. I sat there by Porto enjoying the vibes of the festival, listening to the music, smelling great food, and talking to other guests. I spoke with people from the United States and Germany. Soon I was on the move, to explore the rest of the festival, and hunt for more food. I thought the small dance shows was fun and great to watch.
After walking around and reading all the eccentric menus from all the food stands I stopped in front of Déjà Vu. Déjà vu, déjà vu, déjà vu! I am pretty sure I fell in love with this stand. Here I tried for the first time Crème Brûlée. They offered “vanilla custard pudding with a hard caramel layer, with Belgian chocolate brownie, and Amaretto & vanilla flavored mixed nuts”. I’m pretty sure I died and went to heaven! Vanilla Creme brûlée with a Belgian chocolate brownie was an amazing mix. The brownie melted on my tongue and cools with the custard. The hard caramel added a nice crunch to the dish and with the nuts created a great blend of flavors. Thus far I’ve had a bite to eat and a slice of heaven for dessert. I sat by Déjà vu, there was a little place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. There was quite a bit of Latin and mixed music, which meant there was always a beat.
Koki Riba Bloki
Going to such events here on Curaçao is always fun because you never know who you will bump into. We are such a small island, so it truly is a small world here on Curaçao. For me, this event was a great way to meet new people and see old friends, while enjoying amazing food. Next item to eat was from one of the most famous food trucks on Curaçao: Koki Riba Bloki. Here I had the lomito (beef) with French fries for 6 tokens. This stand had, at the time, the longest line.