InSeason Tours Ltd. Experiential and virtual food tours of Trinidad and Tobago

Our Story

Our Story
 

Belgium 1991

Belgium 1991

St. John's International School. Always easy to spot. 

St. John's International School. Always easy to spot. 

People always ask me why I wanted to start this business and I always give them the generic business pitch. The truth is, having lived outside of Trinidad and Tobago up until age 13 meant having to find my own way to connect to my country of origin. I should give all the credit to my parents, my mother who occupied the kitchen quite a lot of the time to ensure that the smell, taste and warmth of Trinidad and Tobago was part of my upbringing and my father who ensured that I knew and appreciated the sound of Soca and Calypso amidst the sounds of Ace of Base, the Spice Girls and TLC. If it weren’t for my parents introducing me to our food and culture at such a young age, I probably wouldn’t know myself and how to identify as a Trinbagonian.

 

How else would I have learned about our history and how we became the big pot of Dhallaloo (the beautiful merging of curry dhal and Callaloo is an actual dish) which we call Trinidad and Tobago? My appreciation for our food goes beyond the flavour and extends to tradition and history.

 

Every kitchen in every house we lived in, turned into Trinidad and Tobago through food and experience. From USA, Europe to Africa and even as far as Japan, food was our language to the rest of the world. It was our way of saying “hello”, “welcome,” “thank you,” “this is who I am” and “farewell.” Our bible was the Naparima cookbook, our kitchen prayer was written on the wooden plaque hanging on the wall, a staple in every Trini home.

Food plays such an important role in molding us as people; it is symbolic and imbued with meaning.  You will always be able to understand a country’s history through its food. Our palates may evolve due to globalization and the introduction to new flavours and fast food but the staples will always remain.

Racking coffee beans in Brasso Seco 

Racking coffee beans in Brasso Seco 

I want to create an experience that allows visitors to learn about the place that so many of us call home, an experience for locals to allow them to visit and support their neighbouring communities.

InSeason Tours doesn't just belong to me, it belongs to Trinidad and Tobago. Yes, we live on a Caribbean island but we are more than sun, sea and sand. Our culture is our brand, our food is our language and I look forward to sharing our stories, our recipes, our music and all things culturally Trinbagonian with you. 

Come learn about our story while adding to your own.

Afiya Francis
Founder/CEO
InSeason Tours Ltd.