17th edition of Guyana Restaurant Week begins today

17th edition of Guyana Restaurant Week begins today

The 17th edition of Guyana Restaurant Week begins today with 23 restaurants on board with a promise to entice the tastebuds of Guyanese and tourists alike, while taking them on a culinary journey. 

This season of Guyana Restaurant Week runs from June 21st to June 30th under the theme “Let’s Explore, Eat, Repeat.”

President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana, Omadele Dee George said Guyana Restaurant Week has evolved over the years, and now includes restaurants outside of the capital city.

She said restaurants such as Starlight Restaurant on the Essequibo Coast, Bia Bia Tex Mex Cuisine in Bartica, Ambrosia Restaurant in Region Six and Atlantis Cuisine in Region Three are all on board.

Ms. George said the expansion of Restaurant Week forms part of THAG’s quest for there to be greater inclusivity. 

“Our commitment to inclusivity is our aim, and we want, very much, for everyone, soon to be able to go beyond that, so we would be going out to sample all that our indigenous communities may have to offer, one of these days, and really add to it. So, we have got some establishments, smaller establishments like Nutrition Crave, D Cafe, RyRy’s, and Bia Bia Tex Mex Cuisine from Bartica,” she said. 

THAG Marketing Coordinator, Beaunce Atkinson said Guyana Restaurant Week provides much needed exposure to restaurants across the country, while offering Guyanese and tourists an experience of a lifetime. 

Officials and sponsors at the launching of Guyana Restaurant Week

“Guyana Restaurant Week is a special time for restaurants to showcase their culinary prowess, unveil new menu offerings, and gain visibility while exciting and enticing both recurring and new patrons. For diners, it’s an opportunity to explore, discover new gems, and visit restaurants they’ve always wanted to try—all at reduced prices. It’s about deciding where the next birthday celebration or date night will be and ensuring that restaurants deliver an exceptional experience,” Atkinson said.

She said the week of culinary experience would not be possible without the support of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other sponsors.

The FAO, she said, has encouraged the participating restaurants to include at least one local seafood dish—whether it’s local fish, shrimp, or sea bob – in their menu. 

In support of this initiative, four restaurants—Atlantis Cuisine, Cara Lodge, Hard Rock Cafe, and Starlight Restaurant— have agreed to offer a 10% discount on the already discounted seafood meals.

Additionally, Angostura, which is distributed by Massy Distribution Guyana, has been named as the official beverage sponsor for Restaurant Week. 

Director of Guyana Tourism Authority, Kamrul Baksh said GTA is pleased to support another season of Restaurant Week, particularly, at a time when it is expanding its reach. 

Baksh said Restaurant Week provides an ideal opportunity for Guyana to build on its global brand. 

“What is needed of course is for us to continue to grow Restaurant Week so that it serves as a pillar, it serves as a platform for us to take a promotion, and create a global brand on our unique products that we have. We have so many unique products, one cassareep, so, just as how Jamaica has grown its jerk product to be world famous, we need to do the same for cassareep. Cassareep is unique to Guyana, and the Indigenous Peoples have refined this, and of course, it is commercially available. We need to hone that in and grow that brand,” the GTA Director said. 

Jaxx International Grill, OMG Arawak Steakhouse, Hard Rock Café, Palm Court, the Flame Restaurant and Gril, Mango Walk Restaurant and Lounge, Bistro Café and Bar, AMICI, Froggy’s Grill and Heliconia Tavern are among the participating restaurants. 

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