Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, has an extra helping of FUN planned for July. The excitement kicks off on July 1 with the four-day Nature Island Food and Drink Festival and continues with the island’s 22nd annual Dive Fest from July 10-19.

The Nature Island Food and Drink Festival offers four days of culinary excellence and passion. Scheduled from July 1to 4, 2015, the festival incorporates island chef cook-offs and mixologist competitions, culinary arts and I-tal food symposiums and expos, and a farm-to-table experience for kids. This festival incorporates health and wellness activities, health-conscious foods, trends for whole and raw foods and delicious fusion cuisine.

Carla Armour, festival producer, noted that the culinary arts will be recognized as an internationally marketable heritage and tourism niche.

“The festival strives to raise the standard of food and drink offerings by using local produce in new and interesting ways in fusion with international concepts, flavors and local ingredients,” explained Armour.

This year, the Nature Island Food and Drink Festival features Toronto-based Chef Carlos Laville and New York-based Chef Stefan Shillingford. The festival will culminate on Saturday, July 4, with the island chef finals and cook-off competition and mixologist face-off finals.