The festival that displays what it means to be Bahamian
A male visitor from Pennsylvania, plucked randomly from the crowd to judge a pepper sauce competition at the weekend Tru Tru Bahamian Festival, got more than he bargained for which was more than the hot sauce experience. Prior to the pepper sauce tastings, he developed a case of the hiccups, and with no water anywhere to be found, and surrounded by a bunch of Bahamians he was advised to stick a piece of brown paper on his forehead. With no brown paper bags in sight, he was encouraged to take a piece of his mate’s white paper bag, wet it thoroughly in his mouth and then stick it on his forehead. He was a little stunned and apprehensive at the advice, but he proved to be a trooper, and showed his spirit by doing it. Within seconds of pressing the piece of paper to his forehead he announced that his hiccups had surprisingly stopped, to which he was informed that he had just had a true-true Bahamian experience.
And then it was on to tasting the pepper sauces with a bunch of other randomly selected persons plucked out of the crowd to judge, with Kira Horton of Bentonite Beauty Clay’s pepper sauce declared the winner on the day.
Bahamians and visitors alike seeking that true Bahamian experience had it all at the fourth annual festival that featured food favorites, arts and crafts, games, competitions, entertainment and a Junkanoo rush-out at the John Watling’s Distillery.
From children’s games such as the egg and spoon race, hula hoop, needle and thread race and dance like a Bahamian; and competitions including musical chairs, a sack race, washing competition and skipping race; to activities such as kite flying, Bahamian storytelling, ring play, children’s pineapple eating contest and plaiting the maypole; to performances from the Gerald Cash Primary School Rake & Scrape Band, Lady E, Ira Storr & the Spank Band, Tingum Dem Band and a Junkanoo Commandos rushout, they were the experiences to be had, even though inclement weather played havoc with the schedule at the two-day Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association-hosted event.
The festival highlighted Bahamian culture and history as evidenced by the diverse schedule of activities that showcased a variety of traditional, culturally-based Bahamian activities and authentic Bahamian food and drink, art, crafts, music and dance.
The festival also brought together Bahamian artisans and art, crafts and sundry vendors who showcased candles, soaps, scrubs, teas, jewelry, straw goods, spices and jams.
The festival, which began in 2015, showcases what makes each island individually unique and what each lends to traditions, handicrafts, food and drink, the environment and celebrations of song and dance.
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