SMTA gears up for "Spotlight St. Maarten" in November

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - "The SMMTA is proud to announce our plans for the second annual Spotlight event.

Last year, Spotlight St. Maarten was held from November 11th - December 17th highlighting various local events and culminating in our VIP event at Isle de Sol and our St. Maarten Saturday Beach Party at Buccaneer Beach Bar.

This year we have decided to change things up a bit.

Our main event will be held on 17th November 2012 at Port De Plaisance South Harbour when Spotlight St. Maarten presents its first annual Cooking Hot, Caribbean Style Chef Competition.

Spotlight St. Maarten 2012 will run from November 1- November 30, 2012.

The event consists of a 2 day Concours de Chef competition for professional yacht chefs, held the week leading up to the main culinary event. On November 17th, we will have two different competitions.

First, open to the public, local entrants will be judged on the best GuavaBerry Pie and the best Johnny Cake. Do you think you have the best recipie? Bring along your cakes and pies.

We ask that you bake 2 cakes or 2 dozen johnny cakes to enter. The judges will taste first then pie and johnny cakes will be available to all.

Then the top three Concours De Chef entrants will compete against three of St. Maarten's top Chefs in true Caribbean style cook off.

The SMMTA will be integrating Sundial Students to work with the professional chefs during all aspects of the competition. A sample plate of the food will be available to buy after the judging.

One of the goals of Spotlight St. Maarten 2012 is to highlight the marine industry to local residents.

We have chosen South Dock at Port de Plaisance so Aqua Mania will be offering lagoon boat tours, St Maarten Yacht Club will be exhibiting youth sailing and other recreational activities on the water. We will also be showing off "Aqua Maniac", our first Build Your Future boat.

We are also looking for local artists and craft artisans to be a part of the craft fair.

The other goal is to extend our yachting season by encouraging more yachts to home port in November, or at the very least to make a stop for fuel, provisioning and other services before the Antigua Charter Show.

We would like to thank our sponsors St Maarten Time Share Association and Antillean Liquors for working with us to create a fabulous family fun and food event.

To register for entrance to the Guavaberry Pie/ Johnny cake baking contest or register for the craft fair, or just for further information, please contact Christian Smith on 522-0231 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

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