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Cooking with Big Daddy

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Cooking with Big Daddy

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If your focus was the chef demonstrations at last Sunday’s Bajan Fiesta, you would’ve missed out on the eight-table buffet-style offerings served on the lush grounds of the Lion Castle Polo Estates in St Thomas.
That was the complaint of some of the guests who attended the fourth leg of the 2013 Barbados Food & Wine And Rum Festival.
“Otherwise, we were very impressed,” said husband and wife Joel and Mirella Villafone, who came in from Trinidad and Tobago for the sumptuous occasion.
Aromatic guava BBQ pork chunks, spicy cassava and coconut-scented cornbread starred in this production, alongside other  items that were enough to make over 300 mouths water . . .  and that was only at one buffet table!
Meat-eaters were treated to a herb-infused beef served with tamarind sauce; there was braised pulled chicken for the poultry lovers; and coconut milk and lemon grass scented seafood medley for those who prefer selections from the sea.
Aside from the local talent, specially invited guest chef Aaron McCargo Jr made an appearance for over 45 minutes to show an interested few how to prepare their own five-star meal.
With his own show called Big Daddy’s House, the winner of the fourth season of Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star brought his fun-loving cooking techniques to an audience of over 30 people.
Despite its appeal to adults, the event was a family affair and made sure the children weren’t left out of the festivities. Chef Gregory Austin put on a child-friendly demo in the kid’s zone, and for dessert, they were allowed to decorate their own cake and ice-cream.
For those who had their fill of the edible fun, there was also a bouncy rock wall; a face-painting area and a photo booth to take silly face shots.