FORT LAUDERDALE — Greater Fort Lauderdale, which draws millions of international visitors each year, is celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month with several events throughout Broward County and will showcase the style and creativity of designers from this region.
Westfield Broward Mall, located in Plantation will host Caribbean Fashion Experience Westfield and Pop Up Experience, June 25-28. Rich and vibrant fashions by talented Caribbean designers will be featured in the mall throughout the month of June, with pieces available for purchase in the “Caribbean Pop up Fashion marketplace.”
In addition, Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell will host Caribbean Style Week 2015 at Westfield Broward, 8000 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation, June 25 to 28, with a VIP reception at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel, “Carnival Rocks the Runway,” “Epicurean by Design,” “Bikinis & Brunch,” and live fashion shows.
The style week is a collaboration between the Caribbean American Heritage Florida, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Westfield Broward, which producers say will highlight Caribbean American nationals and their contributions to the United States.
“With our unique location in central Broward and close proximity to several hotels, International Airport and Cruise Port, Westfield Broward has evolved into a retail locale where a multitude of cultures organically converge,” said Andrew Martineau, director of marketing at Westfield Broward.
Once a quiet suburban area just west of downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beaches, Central Broward has become a new tourism hub – a diverse community with convenient hotels and conference spaces, recreational activities, dining, entertainment and shopping aimed at the multicultural traveler. Westfield Broward recently underwent a $40 million transformation, including a 12-screen Regal movie theater, and amenities such as an updated dining court, family lounge, play space, five new dine-in restaurants, and a year-round art gallery features revolving exhibits by promising local artists.
Westfield Broward is also a site for the “Inside Out” global community art project that is part of the Broward 100 celebration. The candid snapshot display of visitors is now on view at the mall and showcases the diversity in cultures, ages, and religions that enliven the Central Broward area.
“The Central Broward area of Greater Fort Lauderdale is flourishing and has become a hotspot for travelers from the Caribbean,” said Albert Tucker, vice president of multicultural business development at the visitors bureau. “With an established resident community and visitors coming to see friends and family, the Westfield Broward area has become a gathering place with top shopping, dining and entertainment and we look forward to continuing to support the area’s growth and transition.”