Paulina Abascal and Leonor Espinoza coming for Taste Santo Domingo
Books, books and more books in the Colonial City
Passenger numbers continue to rise
AgroAlimentaria opens 8 May 2019

Paulina Abascal and Leonor Espinoza coming for Taste Santo Domingo
Award-winning Mexican pastry chef Paulina Abascal and Colombian chef Leonor Espinoza are the special guests of the 10th Edition of the Taste Santo Domingo Gastronomic Festival. They will give master talks on 15 and 16 May during the duration of the Gastronomic Exposition as part of the Taste Santo Domingo. Taste Santo Domingo is scheduled for 10 to 19 May 2019.

Chef Leonor Espinoza will be presenting the menu of her award-winning Restaurante Leo in Bogotá. She will also be cooking up a dinner that will take place at the Santo Domingo Sheraton. Paulina Abascal will be sharing her experience as a pastry chef during the Gastronomic Exposition.

The Gastronomic Expo will be held on 15-16 May at the Anacaona Hall of the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel. There will be a master class of high technical level, the exhibition of products and services, panels, conferences and talks, and networking among professionals and VIPs of the gastronomic sector.

There will also be launchings of products and services, presentations and live gastronomic demonstrations, culinary competitions, tastings, opportunities to buy food lines and enter into franchises and representations.

This year the organizers have invited Dominican chefs to participate in the “Gran Premio Culinario”, a grand culinary competition that is a qualifier for the World Food Competition in the United States.

This year a Ruta de Tapas has been added for the entire duration of Taste Santo Domingo, from 10 to 19 May. It calls for affiliated restaurants to offer a tapas menu where patrons can enjoy a variety of small bites for attractive prices. Participating restaurants are Affogato Café, Hotel Catalonia, Filigrana Restaurant/Pearl Urban Lounge, De la Casa Pastelería, Lemon Sugar, Hotel Dominican Fiesta, Onno’s Bar Cabarete, Onno’s Bar, Zona Colonial, Onno’s Bar Altos de Chavón, Onno’s Bar Bávaro. Also Fresco del Horno Los Prados, Fresco del Horno Bella Vista, Parche Bar Lounge, Restaurante Allegra , Restaurante Marijo, Restaurante Elizondo, Restaurante Barelo, Restaurante El Colombiano, Restaurante Cienfuegos, Restaurante Angelo, Restaurante Ceviche, Punto y Coma, The Food Shack, Morr Food Park, Food Truck Town and Restaurante Mirra.

The director of Taste Santo Domingo is Raymundo Morales of Creato.

Books, books and more books in the Colonial City
As of Friday, 26 April 2019, venues in the Colonial City will open their doors to Dominican book lovers. Bookstores will be participating in the Feria Internacional del Libro Santo Domingo (FILSD) 2019, the annual city book fair. Now in its 22nd year, this year’s fair is dedicated to Dominican writer Virgilio Díaz Grullón, and Puerto Rico is the guest country.

For the occasion, museums, churches, cultural centers, businesses and historic attractions will be presenting exhibitions, talks, conferences, workshops and space for the sale of books.

Plaza España will host government institutions and foundations. There will be a stage for artistic presentations, drama and musical concerts. The Museo de las Casas Reales will be hosting the Café Bohemio with its master classes and talks.

Puerto Rico, the guest country, has been assigned to present at the Capilla de los Remedios on Calle Las Damas.

The Casa de los Jesuitas, on Calle Mercedes corner Calle Las Damas, will host a stand for Dominican authors. Nearby, the Centro Banreservas on Calle Isabel la Católica is presenting an exhibition reminding Dominicans about the essayist and writer, Virgilio Díaz Grullón, and his important contributions to Dominican literature.

Bookshops will be centered primarily at the Fortaleza de Santo Domingo on Calle Las Damas, where some government institutions will also have their stands.

Young people have been given a space at the Colegio Dominicano de Artistas Plásticos on Calle El Conde.

The Academia de Ciencias, on Calle Las Damas, will host a hall for presentations by universities.

The Ministry of Education has set up a children’s area at the Casa de Bastidas, off from the Columbus Park. The auditorium of the Archbishop Office will be used for several educational presentations by the Ministry of Education.

The Museo de las Telecomunicaciones will be using its auditorium and spaces off Plaza España and Calle Isabel la Católica for theatrical presentations.

See the complete program of the FILSD 2019 here:

Passenger numbers continue to rise
The president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), Luis Ernesto Camilo García reports that 4,187,099 passengers moved through Dominican airports during the first three months of 2019. This is an increase of 6.2% over the same period last year, with an additional 242,968 passengers.

Camilo García said that this is a new record in passenger numbers arriving and departing during the first quarter of the year.

The highest number of passengers was handled by Punta Cana International Airport, followed by Las Americas (Santo Domingo), Cibao International (Santiago), Puerto Plata, La Romana, El Catey in Samaná and finally La Isabela in Santo Domingo.

The largest increase for the first three months of the year was at Las Americas International Airport, with an increase of 26,646 passengers for an increase of 8.6%.

Camilo Garcia said that one of the reasons for the increase was the arrival of new Airlines, with 32 new aviation agreements signed during the time in office of President Danilo Medina.

AgroAlimentaria opens 8 May 2019
In its 7th version, AgroAlimentaria 2019 will again be the most important food tradeshow presented in the Dominican Republic. The show is scheduled for 8 to 11 May 2019 at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel across from the Mirador del Sur Park.

The exhibition is a business-to-business event that seeks to connect local producers with exporters. Some 200 buyers from 35 countries are scheduled to meet up to do business. But it is also open to the general public that will be able to get an insider look at what the country’s farm and agribusiness companies produce. There will be exhibitions of bananas, mangos, coconuts, bell peppers, tomatoes, cacao, pineapple, and all sorts of fruit and vegetables. The rum and cigar industries also are scheduled to have lead participations.

The event is organized by the Dominican Agribusiness Board (Junta Agroempresarial Dominicana - JAD), the largest farm and agribusiness organization in the country. The event also has the backing of the Center for Export and Investment (CEI-RD). George Mansfield is the president of the organizing committee for AgroAlimentaria 2019.