19th Coconut Festival set for Easter Monday

This year’s much anticipated Coconut Festival in Pelican Point will highlight everything coconut as visitors and residents enjoy the cultural affair, set for this Easter Monday, April 17.

 

Committee members and Tourism officials at the Banana Bay Restaurant, Fortune Bay Drive on Tuesday, April 11, announced the 19th Annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival.

 

Elaine Smith, Coordinator, Product Department and Sustainable Tourism, Ministry of Tourism confirmed the ministry’s support of the Annual Cultural Festival in “the quaint and rustic community of Pelican Point.”

 

Smith went on to remind the public of the importance cultural festivities play in the island’s tourism product’s development.

 

“This year’s festival, as in years past, will attract hundreds to the eastern end of the island, where they will enjoy unlimited combinations of coconut creations,” Smith shared. 

 

The MOT representative informed that the art of the coconut will be displayed in items, including but not be limited to Coconut Jimmy, Coconut Tart, jams, preserves and the Bahamian specialty, Gully Wash. 

 

Additionally, Smith said, Bahamian arts and crafts and coconut jewelry will be available. 

 

Smith explained that it is tourism’s role at the Coconut Festival to assist in the facilitation of cultural exchange between visitors and locals, and as such ensuring a wholesome showcase of performances as well. “DMAC, Stileet, the GB District of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band and the St. Georges’ High School Pop Band will all be performing, during the festivities on Easter Monday,” the product manager revealed.

 

Smith noted transportation will be provided as has been in the past from hotels in the Freeport area.

 

Paulette Thomas, Planning Committee member for the Coconut Festival disclosed that activities are set to kick-off at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, with a Gospel Jamboree at the Pelican Point location. “The Jamboree will include local gospel groups and praise and worship teams,” Thomas added. “This year we will have a Kiddies Corner as well as some new games that you will have to come out to see, as they are a secret until then,” Thomas shared.

 

The major sponsor for the cultural event is Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and Eldri Ferguson-Mackey, Vice President for the Northern Service confirmed the company’s excitement about being involved in this event. “We are a title sponsor for Junkanoo, a title sponsor for Carnival and we always support all things Bahamian,” Ferguson-Mackey stated.

 

She added that BTC is trying to improve its presence in the north by getting involved in community and cultural initiatives, “we want to be involved,” she stated.

 

Ferguson-Mackey concluded by encouraging everyone to make the trip to the Coconut Festival, assuring them that in addition to all the exciting coconut delights and products, BTC will have lots of giveaways.

 

Published  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 

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