The BTB Goes to Toledo in the Premiere of “Our People, Food and Culture”

by Khaila Gentle

Belize’s “forgotten south”: an off the beaten path gem for some and an enigmatic mystery to many. What can one do, see, and experience in Belize’s southern most district of Toledo? It’s a question asked by many a traveler, and one that the Belize Tourism Board set off to answer in the premiere of their brand new series highlighting Belize.

“Our People, Food, and Culture” premiered this week. For the next six weeks, the show will be shining a spotlight on destinations across the country, including attractions, cuisine and, most importantly, culture.

“This is an important opportunity for us to really highlight the variety and diversity of cultures within Belize. And that’s what the essence of this project is all about,” said Ministry of Tourism CEO, Nicole Solano, to Channel 5 News at the official series launch on Wednesday. According to Solano, the new program aims to offer the authenticity and diversity that more and more travelers, both local and international, are seeking.

A still from the premiere of the BTB’s Our People, Food, and Culture featuring Punta Gorda’s iconic coastline

BTB’s Our People, Food, and Culture Episodes 1 & 2

The BTB’s new series is hosted by celebrity chef and local food advocate, Chef Sean Kuylen. In the first episode, Kuylen’s journey through Toledo saw him experiencing food and art. His stops included the Belize Spice Farm & Bontanical Garden as well as We Art gallery inside Punta Gorda Town.

Kuylen also visited the historic East Indian village of Forest Home, known as the yellow ginger (turmeric) capital of Belize. There, he got a glimpse into the history of one of Belize’s main ethnic groups thanks to Eleanor Coleman Tillett of Ethleen’s House of Knowledge and other East Indian residents.

Check out Episode 1 below, or visit the Belize Tourism Board Facebook page to watch both episodes 1 and 2.

Featured Photo: The Toledo District by ROEming Belize 

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