By Hoang Nguyen
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando has unveiled a new weekly themed dinner show, Caribbean Carnaval, featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet and high-energy, live entertainment for the entire family.
Accompanied by stilt walkers and acrobatic dancers, the evening’s lively hosts whisk the audience away on a flavorful, musical tour through the Caribbean with plenty of dancing, singing, limbo and even a conga line.
Guests enjoy authentic Caribbean dishes and drinks, including Planter’s Punch, mojo roasted suckling pig, ropa vieja, jerk chicken, grilled snapper, Caribbean rum cake and guava flan.
A colorful cast of characters provides exciting live entertainment as they take guests on a musical voyage from Florida through the Bahamas with stops in Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad.
We were recently invited to attend the new Caribbean experience at the Loews Sapphire Falls resort.
First and foremost, the hotel was gorgeous with wooden beams and gave the guest a very beach resort sensation. The staff was very friendly. We were greeted in the lobby and lead down to the Cayman Court pavilion where the show would take place. We were greeted by cast members representing different areas of the Caribbean along the way.
Once we reached the outside dining area, the cast welcomed us with beads and provided island music for us to enjoy during dinner. A buffet consisting of different dishes from all the different nations were available to us including Jerk Chicken, Coconut rice with mahi mahi and ropa vieja.
However, the crown jewel of the night was undoubtedly the whole roasted pig. It was extremely moist. The meat was flavorful, fatty and fall of the bone tender. It’s not everyday that patrons get to see a whole pig, head included, served in front of them. The pork paired very well with the planter’s punch and coconut rice. The sweetness of the punch, saltiness of the pork combined with the creamy flavor of the rice really worked well together.
Even with the plentiful spread available on the buffet table, we definitely made room for dessert. The rum cake was definitely heavy on the rum. It was a little dry for my taste and could have benefited with some extra glaze. Our favorite was definitely the guava flan. The texture was creamy, smooth and was not overly sweet with a hint of guava flavor.
As the night went on, we were whisked away on a musical voyage from Florida through the Bahamas with stops in Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. The show was very engaging and entertaining. The energy level started off high and dramatically increased as the night went on as the audience loosened up a bit. The acrobatics were awesome.
The dances were well coordinated and enhanced with colorful and lively costumes. The music was upbeat but also made us feel like we were relaxing in the tropical islands. All of a sudden a conga line started and we were surrounded by dancing audience and performers.
To sum it up, if you were in the mood for a great show and wanting to sample a variety of dishes from the different Caribbean nations, then this event should be marked on your calendar. The show was fun and engaging. The food was plentiful and provided a plethora of food for every palate.
Caribbean Carnaval takes place every Wednesday night in the resort’s outdoor pavilion, Cayman Court.
Seating begins at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.
Tickets are $69 for adults and $35 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are complimentary. Price includes gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer and Planter’s Punch. Tax and ticketing fees apply.
For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or visit caribbeancarnaval.eventbrite.com.