The three-day festival in Ottawa includes seminars a culinary experience prepared by two renowned Dominican chefs and cultural exhibitions

Ottawa – February 19, 2019: The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic will celebrate the Dominican Gastronomic and Cultural Festival, a three-day event held in the city of Ottawa to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada.

With the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, recently selected for the second consecutive year as the capital of the gastronomic culture of the Caribbean by the Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy and the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy, this event presents the perfect occasion to celebrate the Dominican culinary art.

The festival will take place from February 25-27, 2019 at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, located in the centre of the capital of Canada, and will feature seminars, daily lunches with a menu prepared by the renowned Dominican chefs Indhira Peguero and Paulette Tejada, plus cultural exhibitions, meetings, business activities and more. The organizers of the festival will be accompanied by prominent members from public and private sectors of key areas such as travel and tourism, health, agro-industry and gastronomy, with the mission of bringing an interesting, educational and productive event to Canada.

The activities will be attended by the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Canada, Pedro Vergés Ciman, who along with the role delegation and representatives from the Promotion Tourism Office in Montreal in representation of the Ministry of Tourism will welcome a diverse group of Canadians including airline executives, tour operators, the media, business people from various industries, members of parliament and other Canadian officials.


About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the DR has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than 900,000 Canadian visitors in 2018. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the DR boasts 26 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The DR features some of the world’s best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.

Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official web site at: or call 1-888-494-5050 for more information.

News releases, images and the press kit also can be accessed from the official DR Ministry of Tourism website:

Media Contact:

Vera Blair

Siren Communications


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