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Dive Into Pure Grenada’s Underwater Festival

The Pure Grenada Dive Festival is an opportunity for divers of all abilities to immerse themselves in the Caribbean destination’s fascinating underwater world.  The second annual Festival took place from October 3-6 and it showcased the destination’s rich and diverse eco-system as well as the bountiful and vibrant marine life that can be found off the islands’ shores.

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With Grenada being the home of the World’s first Underwater Sculpture Park and the Caribbean’s largest wreck dive the Bianca C, the festival is a must add to your list of travel goals. Everyday of the festival was given a specific theme based on Grenada and Carriacou’s dive offerings. Day 1 was designated Reef Diving in Grenada and Carriacou, which is literally translated to mean ‘the Isle of Reefs’.  The destination’s reef systems are healthy and support diverse marine life including seahorses, turtles, sharks and rays.

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Underwater photo enthusiasts were also challenged with a fun-filled photography competition with the chance to win prizes for categories such as the most creative selfie, best reef photo and best wreck photo. Day two, themed Wreck Diving, catered to all divers offering a beginner’s pool diving course and the opportunity for certified divers to explore some of the islands’ 14 wreck dives including the newest, M/V Anina.

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The second half of the festival presented a robust schedule of sustainable activities for participants to make a positive impact on Grenada’s underwater ecosystem. October 5, or Project Aware Dive Against Debris day, included scheduled clean-up dives off the shores of all three islands in the destination and local school outreach presentations aimed at educating Grenada’s next generation on best practices in dive marine conservation.

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Photo Credit: Orlando K. Romain -Dive Grenada – Ring of Children_UNDERWATER SCULPTURE PARK

The final day of the festival, Invasive Lionfish Eradication Diving day, started at the picturesque Morne Rouge Bay/BBC Beach with the boats sent off to predetermined dive locations and reconvening with their catches at Coconut Beach Restaurant on Grand Anse Beach. The Lionfish were skilfully prepared and served at the evening social event in which they were a hit with participants.

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Photo Credit: True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

Grenada’s coast is a haven for diverse marine life due to the warm waters and healthy coral reef systems and sponges and divers and underwater photographers are spoilt for choice in discovering them all. Dive enthusiasts are encouraged to book early for the third annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest, which is planned for October 2-5, 2019. Make your bookings at www.puredivinggrenada.com.

 

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Grand Palladium Jamaica: A Great Experience Awaits

By Courtney Nicholas

The drive from Kingston took about 2 hours & 40 minutes, check in was no longer than 5 minutes. I was shuttled to the room, which was located on the Lady Hamilton Block, the bellboy was very helpful & knowledgeable, giving me a quick overview on the hotel & answering my questions adequately.

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The room I was given was on the ground floor, it had a King Size Bed, Balcony, a Mini Bar which was fully stocked, a couch, safe, & I must say the bed was extremely comfortable.
The food options were better than I expected, I went to the main buffet, for breakfast & lunch, which at all times the wait staff was always checking if I needed anything.
The beach was a bit disappointing for me, as I mostly spent my time during the day at the main pool, which was massive but not crowded, it had a great swim up bar & the Johnnie Walker was always flowing. There was also a water slide which I saw the kids enjoying.

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The dining options were very good, I went to Poseidon (Mediterranean), Bhogali (Indian), Arte E Cuccina (Italian) Bubbas (Steak House), Lotus House (Asian), they all were excellent.

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Photography by PANACHE

 

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The property is also well laid out, with easy directions as well as the covered area from the lobby to your room, in the event of rain and room service is also available.
The resort is very family friendly & also has access for the disabled. For the parents, the play area is really good & the nanny is very experienced.

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The interaction I had with the staff during my stay was excellent, they always had a friendly smile & happy greeting.

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Overall it was a great experience, and I’m definitely looking forward to going back.

Miami Spice: Farm-to-Table Destinations

Welcome to Miami, where farm-to-table cuisine means juicy heirloom tomatoes in the middle of winter, mangos, and jackfruit in the summer and fresh greens year-round. Here, chefs embrace the bounty of fruits and vegetables that flourish in South Miami-Dade’s agricultural district.

Coconut Ceviche Tacos at Plant Food & Wine in Wynwood
Coconut Ceviche Tacos at Plant Food & Wine in Wynwood

Paradise Farms was established roughly 18 years ago specializing in organic produce and edible flowers sold to restaurants. Located in the heart of Homestead, about 45 minutes south of Downtown Miami, the farm supplies many chefs and farmers markets with local fruits and vegetables, herbs, eggs, mushrooms, and other produce.

James Beard award winning chef Michael Schwartz in his herb garden

In Homestead, you can sample authentic tropical farm-to-table dining – and drinking – any time of the year at Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery and its RedLander Restaurant helmed by Chef Dewey LoSasso, a lush, palmy outpost in South Dade. Your meal might include mahi-mahi ceviche and salad made with Malabar spinach or guava-basted chicken wings. Accompany your meal with avocado or passion fruit wine or a Big Rod coconut ale, all made on site at the winery.

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Bringing the Farm to Your Plate
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz is credited with making fresh, local ingredients the star of the show when he opened Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami’s Design District in 2007.

Pineapple & Citrus salad at Essensia
Pineapple & Citrus salad at Essensia

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The pioneering farm-to-table restaurant, Essensia at The Palms Hotel & Spa, takes local love a step further. While they’ve relied on farmers like Teena’s Pride for heirloom tomatoes and other produce, they also grow their own herbs and vegetables in an organic garden behind their tiki bar. Thai basil, lemongrass, lemon balm, Cuban oregano, edible flowers and vegetables all find their way into recipes and cocktails on the menu.

Kristie, Kinisha & PANACHE… It’s A Celebration! #NewIssueAlert

Panache Mag June 2018PANACHE Issue 3 2018 

Kinisha, Kristie & PANACHE…We’re celebrating our win for Best Feature at this year’s CTO Travel Media Awards in New York!  If you didn’t know now you know…Story & Myth is More Than Just Beads…

In this issue, we island hop over to St. Lucia for their Jazz Festival and share with you a summer of super savings sure to entice you to make Grenada your next trip! After that you can join us at the American Black Film Festival in Miami for our exclusive interview with HBO Insecure’s Jay R. Ellis.

Other features include JMMB’s “Bold Step towards Financial Independence”; reviews of DodoCool, Shinola, ThinkSound and MIIEGO Headphones; Journeys of Fatherhood by three Jamaican Dads; Wedding Trends for 2018; Great Gifts for Him; and delight in a taste off the beaten path at Stush in the Bush… Plus so much more!

PANACHE Magazine Wins Big at CTO Travel Media Awards In New York

Best Feature by Caribbean Journalist for a Caribbean Media

June 8, 2018, New York, USA

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Kinisha Correia (L), award-winning journalist, and Tricia Williamson, CEO & Editorial Director, PANACHE, proudly display their winning award at the recent Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York.

PANACHE Magazine (the flagship travel and lifestyle magazine from the PANACHE Digital Media family), has won the Best Feature Award that appeared in a Caribbean-based media by a Caribbean-based Journalist.  This was announced at the coveted Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The award-winning feature, “More than Just Beads: Story and Myth,” which was written by Kinisha Correia, was published in the October 2017 issue and showcased the work of Story & Myth, a Jamaican brand which specialises in, “island-inspired handmade jewellery.”   The four-page feature, which included photography by Niesha Brown, was a unique celebration of stunning earthiness behind each Story & Myth bracelet and necklace.  The feature shared details on how each bead is made and highlighted the fact that they are created by local artisans, many of whom are physically disabled.   The creations of these individuals provide them with much-needed income for their families.

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Tricia Williamson, CEO and Editorial Director of PANACHE Magazine, said, “We are honoured by this achievement.  This win speaks volumes to our unwavering commitment to being the voice for Jamaican and Caribbean stories that truly connect with our readers. I commend Kinisha on the way she utilised her writing prowess to produce such a well-written story that captured the imagination of the readers and I am forever grateful to Story & Myth for allowing us to share their powerful story through our magazine.”

Award-winning writer, Kinisha Correia, shared, “I’m appreciative and honoured that my work has been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). I’m also proud that the piece selected was on a business creating change by weaving environmental and socially conscious practices into its work. Winning this award strengthens the message that business can be a force for good in the region. I’m grateful to be a part of that cultural shift.”

Kristie Stephenson, owner of Story & Myth, added that she was, “…thrilled and excited that these long time oral mythical stories are getting acknowledged in the mainstream.”

This was PANACHE’s first time participating in the prestigious travel media awards and along with the historic win; the magazine was also a finalist for Best Photograph Accompanying a Feature.  The image by Ikenna Douglas, which was displayed on the PANACHE Magazine Cover of April 2017, was the entry in this Category.

We’re very proud and excited at PANACHE!  This win is a “celebration of excellence” and we are humbled to know that our efforts are seen in that light!  We are also truly grateful for the recognition of our Caribbean talent by the CTO, as we know that this will serve as motivation to other upcoming Caribbean journalists,” shared Tricia Williamson.


About PANACHE

PANACHE Communications/ PANACHE Digital Media is a magazine publishing and digital marketing company based in Jamaica and the USA. PANACHE Magazine is published six times annually in print on demand via Magcloud and free digital editions at www.panachejamagazine.com

For more info, visit www.panachedigital.media

About the CTO Travel Media Awards

The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.  This recognition took place in New York City during Caribbean Week New York.

To honour the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online, we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2017 on CTO member countries. Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media.

For more info, visit: http://www.onecaribbean.org

American Black Film Festival Takes Center Stage in Greater Miami

The 22nd American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will celebrate Father’s Day with their annual Community Day event, in partnership with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).

This family-inspired celebration will take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at the historic Lyric Theater, located at 819 NW Second Ave, Miami, FL from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The day includes film screenings with Q&A’s and a panel discussion on Careers in Hollywood. The MC for the day is Danni Washington, host of Xploration Nature Knows Best on Fox.

The event is free and open to the public.

The American Black Film Festival Community Day has always provided the community of Miami the opportunity to view some of the best films that showcased at the festival.

This year, TV One will debut their original show, Evidence of Innocence, and Miami native Nicanson Guerrier will showcase his feature film, The Flea.

The Flea, an Official Selection of the 2018 American Black Festival, is a comedy about the day in the life of a flea market manager, who must deal with customers, vendors and his boss, as he struggles to survive one more day on the job.  There will be a Q&A immediately following the screening.

TV One’s newest original show, Evidence of Innocence, is a one-hour episode that spotlights the unbelievable true stories of four people who have endured enormous challenges of maintaining faith, while awaiting the opportunity to prove their innocence.  Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump hosts the show and will provide remarks at the event.

“One of the festival’s most meaningful activities is our Community Day event. It brings me great pleasure to give back to the Miami community that has greatly supported us over the years, and we are honored to partner again with the GMCVB to host this year’s event,” says Jeff Friday, CEO of ABFF Ventures, LLC.

For the second year, students from Florida Film House’s (FFH) 1st Take Youth Film Program, will have a chance to screen their shorts at Community Day.

The program is designed to provide Miami’s youth with an introduction to filmmaking. FFH’s educational outreach program was created for children ages 12-18, to excite the imagination of young aspiring filmmakers and provide them with the tools needed to succeed.

American Black Film Festival Selections
  • The Role Model

Directed by Alvaro Vargas

Written by Sandy Nuñez and Rodrick Whisby

Produced by Elijah Wells and Sandy Nuñez

  • Dreams

Directed by Deondre Marshall

Written by Deondre Marshall and Adonis Casanova

Produced by Jasmin White

  • Be Yourself

Directed by Rood Pierre and Remy Wilson

Written by Beatrix Alerte

Produced by Wesley Wray and Preston Anoine

  • Aftermath

Directed by Maslot Toussaint

Written by Hansley Nicolas

Produced by Mike Duroseau

“The addition of the highly-anticipated Community Day Showcase to the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) for the last three years, has even further elevated the popularity of the festival in Miami,” says William D. Talbert, III CDME, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).

As the grand finale to the ABFF’s stellar line-up of events, it provides an extraordinary opportunity for all residents of our community to showcase and celebrate black film and entertainment with a local flair.  We are delighted to be a partner of this event, which takes place on Father’s Day, during the GMCVB’s annual Miami Film Month.”

A “Careers in Hollywood” panel with film industry executives will be a highlight for attendees.  The panelists include:  Roger Bobb (Producer, Mann and Wife, Rickey Smiley for Real) and Jamal Watson (Director of Development at Overbrook Entertainment), moderated by Danni Washington, host of FOX’s Xploration Natures Knows Best.

“Miami is a mosaic of cultures manifested through art, music, food and also film,” states Connie W. Kinnard, GMCVB Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development.  “The GMCVB Community Day partnership with ABFF is a way to bring a portion of the festival to a broader audience and specifically to one of our heritage neighborhoods – Historic Overtown. The event provides anyone interested with the unique opportunity to not only see films for free, but also interact with up and coming industry talent. We commend Jeff Friday and the ABFF team for creating a way to give back to the community by extending the festival and welcoming all to participate and enjoy this very special event.”

Click here to purchase passes for events, panels and screenings at the American Black Film Festival.

American Black Film Festival Sponsors

Sponsors for the 2018 American Black Film Festival are: HBO® (Founding and Presenting Sponsor); Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (Host and Presenting Sponsor); TV One, Cadillac, Comcast NBCUniversal (Presenting Sponsors); AT&T, BET, Prudential Financial, Turner (Premier Sponsors); AMC, American Airlines, Codeblack Films, Hennessy, The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Sony Pictures, Verizon (Official Sponsors); aspireTV, Comcast Spotlight, Facebook, FX Networks, Gentleman Jack, Google, Laugh Out Loud Network, Miami Beach Visitors Convention Authority (VCA), Netflix, OWN, Streampix, The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, truTV, YouTube Originals (Supporting Sponsors); Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Color of Change, Deluxe, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, SAGIndie, Technicolor, Urban Movie Channel (UMC), Warner Bros., Walter Kaitz Foundation (Industry Partners) and Black Enterprise, Essence, TheGrio.com (Media Partners).

Source: https://sflcn.com/american-black-film-festival-takes-center-stage-in-greater-miami/

We Won! PANACHE Magazine Wins at CTO Travel Media Awards In New York

Kinisha Correia wins the coveted Best Feature by Caribbean Journalist for a Caribbean Media award for the beautifully penned feature on Story & Myth

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Congratulations to Kinisha Correia (l) who penned the award-winning #BestFeature on Story & Myth for PANACHE Magazine. Sharing in the moment is Tricia Williamson, CEO & Editorial Director, PANACHE.

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The award for Best Feature by a Caribbean Journalist in Caribbean Media was presented at the prestigious CTO Travel Media Awards in New York on June 7 during #CaribbeanWeekNewYork |