Puerto Rico's music with Taiwan's Techno Third Prince Dance. Photo by Francis Latif

Travel + Leisure®, the world’s leading travel magazine brand, held Global Bazaar with the full line-up of multi-cultural experiences during the three-day showcase of vibrant destinations, fashion and jewelry, food and wine, hotels and cruises, authentic arts and crafts, and live music and performances. We especially love the Taiwan Tourism Bureau station where they serve the best Oolong tea, give out the delicious pineapple cakes and showcase Taiwan culture through Techno Third Prince Dance, Chinese calligraphy and Guzheng performance.

Inspired by the night markets in Bangkok and curated by Travel + Leisure® editors, the second annual Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar℠, took place the weekend of September 28 – September 30, 2012 at The Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City.

Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod

“We are delighted to be bringing the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar℠ back to New York City for its second year,” said Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod. “This event gives our readers the opportunity to experience some of the rich pleasures of travel–great food from around the world, shopping, local performers, and wonderful surprises–without ever having to use a passport.”

Highlights of the interactive experiences and activities scheduled for this year’s Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar℠ include:

• Celebrity Chef Demos & Appearances by José Andrés, Scott Conant, Tim Love, Johnny Iuzzini,
Masaharu Morimoto, Michael White, Jose Garces, and Floyd Cardoz
• Food Trucks lining the street featuring global street food from Venezuela, Japan, and Greece
• Cocktail & Wine Tastings from “Shot-Skis” of BVI’s famed Painkiller, Mexcales from Oaxaca, Mexico
& Rums of Puerto Rico to Layer Cake Wines and Wines of Chile
• Essential Ingredients from Moroccan Spice Markets; Coffee from Jordan; Sweets from India; and Taiwan’s Oolong tea and Pineapple cakes

Iron Chef America Masaharu Morimo

Chef Dean James Max

Chef Jose Garces

• Zipline, inspired by Puerto Rico’s Toro Verde, the highest in the world
• Sand bracelet-making with sand from Florida to Thailand
• Face painting and jewelry making with Rapa Nui of Chile
• Hand massages with Seabourn Cruises
• “Test drive” a FUJIFILM X-Series camera and capture your favorite Global Bazaar moments
• Dance, dance, dance with West African Drum & Dance, Manhattan Tribal, Belly Dance Group, Wan Chi
Ming Dragon & Lion Dance Team, Flamenco Dance Company, Hungry Marching Band, and Taiwan’s Third Prince Dance
• Book a special trip with top American Express Travel counselors

Rapa Nui of Chile

Rapa Nui of Chile

• Hand-embroidered silk scarves and shawls from Central Asia
• Bracelets and necklaces handmade in Tibet
• Venezuelan hammocks hand woven in Caracas
• Lifestyle home accessories and bath & spa products from Istanbul

This year’s event will also feature first-time charity partner Room to Read, which focuses on improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. The organization will host live readings from celebrities, such as Katie Couric. A percentage of ticket sales from the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar℠ will support Room to Read. Those not in the New York area will still have the opportunity to lend their support to Room to Read by visiting the Charitybuzz Global Bazaar live auction,, which will be live through October 10, 2012.

Katie Couric

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar℠ 2012 sponsors include: American Express Travel, Aruba Tourism Authority, Barbados Tourism Authority, Baume & Mercier, Belize Tourism Board, British Virgin Islands, Celebrity Cruises, Chile, FUJIFILM, Hilton Resorts, Jordan Tourism Board, Layer Cake Wines, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Mexico Tourism, Moroccan National Tourist Office, Park Hyatt, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Seabourn, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, and Tequila Patrón, among others.

For more:

Thomas Chang of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director

Joshua Pramis Editor of Travel + Leisure with Taiwan Tourism Bureau staff

Guests enjoy souvenir from Taiwan Tourism Bureau

Photo by Francis Latif

Barbados dance

Flamenco Dance. Photo by Francis Latif

Signed book by Chef Dean James Max


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