21st Annual Coconut Festival set Easter Monday in Pelican Point

FESTIVAL PLANS- The 21st Annual Coconut Festival is scheduled for this coming Easter Monday, April 22 in Pelican Point. Pictured from left Gay Antoine-Bowe, Administrator Eastern District, Cathy Laing Committee Chairperson, DPM K. Peter Turnquest, Elaine Smith MOTA Coordinator and RBPF ACP Samuel Butler.

The settlement of Pelican Point will come alive this coming holiday weekend.

The 21st Annual Coconut Festival is set for this Easter Monday, April 22. Committee members held a press conference on Friday past, in Pelican Point, to share details on the upcoming event.

Chairperson for the Coconut Festival Committee, Cathy Laing, predicted another exciting affair.

“We have two exciting days of activities planned. The first event is a Gospel Gymboree and fish fry which will be held on Good Friday, April 1, beginning at 3 p.m. in partnership with St. Matthew’s Baptist Church.

“All proceeds will go to the church,” she said.

Featured will be popular Bahamian food items; live performances by the Church of God of High Rock Praise Team; Superintendent of Police Ken Taylor; Superintendent of Police Walter Henderson; Mount Calvary Baptist Praise Team; the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Praise Team; the Cooling Waters; and the St. Matthews’ praise team.

“So come out as we give honor to our King of kings and Lord of lords,” she said.

Admission for the fish fry is free of charge.

On Easter Sunday, April 21, a church service will be held at St. Matthew’s Church at 11a.m.

The festival will begin at 11a.m. on Monday, showcasing all of the traditional tasty dishes and treats flavored by coconut.

“Coconut sweets, pastries, cakes; lots of gully wash; coconut water; arts and crafts; and a kiddies’ corner,” will be some of the attractions.

“This year there will be a display of locally grown plants, fruits and vegetable trees, available for purchase. Also, the festival will once again feature games and the signature coconut barking contest,” added Laing.

Live entertainment will be Provided by the St. George’s high School Pop Band, The RBPF Pop Band from the Grand Bahama District, Stileet and KB.

There will also be a Junkanoo rush-out performed by the Classic Dancers.

Admission into the festival is $3 for adults and children under 12 will be allowed in free of charge.

“This is the weekend, head east for the 21st Annual Coconut Festival,” Laing emphasized.

Tourism’s Smith expressed appreciation regarding the partnership.

“We in Tourism are happy to partner with the Pelican Point community for this “iconic” festival once again.

“As cultural festivals are important to the island’s tourism product development, we recognize that we must continue to put our efforts behind the development and enhancement of sustainable Bahamian events to further promote authentic Grand Bahamian experiences and meet the changing need of global travelers.

“We support the festival committee’s consistent mission to improve each year and pour back into the community by ensuring a wholesome showcase of culture.

“Tourism’s role is to assist in the facilitation of cultural exchange between residents and guests on the island.

“We hope that this year the festival will attract many residents and visitors to the eastern end of the island to enjoy the unlimited combination of coconut-themed delicacies and activities,” she said.

The Ministry of Tourism will provide free transportation for all visitors from hotels to the event.

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, also shared his thoughts on the upcoming event.

“The people of Pelican Point are the most hospitable people you can meet on the island and they display this, every year at the annual festival.

“They are excited to welcome visitors to the area. The festival is always a fun family-friendly time of the year for the island and residents and visitors are encouraged to experience the event first-hand.

“The logistical parking challenges that the event has presented over the years have been addressed this year.

“We have cleared down a piece of property that has been granted to the Coconut Festival Committee for parking and expansion,” he disclosed.

He expressed hopes that the festival will continue to “grow in scale and popularity.”

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