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Antigua and Barbuda’s Culinary Fare to be featured on the Food Network

(New York, NY August 10, 2005)…..Antigua and Barbuda will once again reach thousands of US households, as dining establishments considered to be among the destination’s best kept secrets, are featured on the Emmy nominated show $40 a day. The half hour show airs this Friday at 9:00 P.M. (EST) on the Food Network. 
One of the high points of this highly acclaimed show are host Rachel Ray’s countless tips on how tourists can enjoy gourmet fare on a modest budget in any destination across the world. Every week, Rachel takes her audience on a journey far beyond the realm of food, to far-out and familiar tourist destinations such as Iceland, New Zealand, Paris, New Jersey and the Caribbean.

During the show, Chef Rachel gets out of the kitchen and hits the road as an intrepid tourist in search of great food. The catch is that she only has $40 dollars a day for dining and with that limited sum, seeks out moderately priced dining options from crab shacks to brew pubs to five-star restaurants. The theme of this highly celebrated show is how to live a rich lifestyle without actually being wealthy. 

According to the Food Network’s program line-up, when Rachael Ray visits the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, she starts her day with a healthy breakfast smoothie. For lunch, Rachael tries a local favorite, conch salad and later in the day she cools off with homemade Italian pistachio gelati, followed by spicy green Thai fish curry for dinner.”
Among some of the attractions in Antigua and Barbuda to be featured on this week’s episode are Dian Bay Resort and Spa, Mama Lolly’s, Caribbean Taste, Sea Breeze, Mad Mongoose and Trappas. The show will also feature Antigua and Barbuda’s exquisite beaches, water sports and historical sites. Derede Samuel-Whitlock, Director of Tourism U.S.A. is very excited about the show and commented that “featured restaurants will have a unique opportunity to harness this publicity and utilize it as a part of their promotional efforts such as on their Web sites and menus.”

While filming on the Antigua and Barbuda a few months ago, Rachel Ray also visited Antigua’s public market, and this landmark will be featured on her other television show 30 Minute Meals, later this year. The highlight of this show are Rachel’s impressive and delectable home cooked meals that are prepared in less time than it takes to order takeout. Antigua will be featured in a segment that shows Rachel in search of fresh produce at the public market. 

According to Derede Samuel-Whitlock, “This is another opportunity to market the destination in a more intimate way. This show is one of my personal favorites and I enjoy Rachel’s travels around the world that highlight authentic experiences and food that flavor the world’s cultures. I am extremely proud that my own country will be featured.” 
The Department of Tourism is currently seeking approval from the show to include the episode featuring Antigua and Barbuda as a part of their marketing materials. Several other lifestyle shows have also expressed an interest in filming in Antigua and Barbuda in the next few months, including TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and HGTV’s House Hunters. 

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