Here’s a good reason to visit Exuma
If you need another reason to visit beautiful George Town, Exuma, the 15th annual Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival to be held March 7-9 would definitely be it.
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation officials are gearing up for the festival that celebrates delicious food, authentic arts and crafts, storytelling, heritage games and down-home music at the regatta site. The Yuma Arts Craft Center is where the culinary and cultural demonstrations will be hosted.
A gospel concert featuring Danisha Rolle, Natasha Lewis-Robinson, Palestine Praise Team, Ebenezer Praise Team, Sandals Mass Choir, Rhema Kingdom Praise, Harmonious Praise and Simeon Outten will be held at 8 p.m.
Da Festival Kitchen, storytelling with Pat Rahming, cultural games for children and demonstrations will take place on Friday; gates will open at 10 a.m.
The Sweet Love Band, Kieasha Poitier, Papa Carly, Warrinique Munnings, B.J. Smith, Fanshawn Taylor, Exuma’s Tropical Breeze All-star Band, Veronica Bishop and Geno D will be featured at the concert with the evening ending with a Junkanoo rushout.
A sample breakfast from Da Festival Kitchen, and culinary and cultural competitions highlight Saturday’s events with the gates opening at 10 a.m.
There will be a festival early dinner show featuring the Goombay Rockers, Pat Rahming, Metellus Chipman, Action Jackson, Down Home Band, the Rhythm Band, Nita, Lady E and D Mac, with Junkanoo once again featured as the evening’s closer.
The entrance fee on Thursday is $5 for adults and $3 for children; on Friday and Saturday the fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Charity Armbrister, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation director of events, said the festival will be better than ever.
“We’re at the regatta site and so we are expanding and doing so much more,” said Armbrister. “We are having more persons participate from the farmer’s market, and we have doubled the number of food vendors and so we are really looking forward to this year’s event. We are really excited and we want everyone to join us.”
Sponsors for the Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival include REV, Aliv, Bahamasair, Kalik, Odyssey, Hideaways, Exuma Markets, Darville Lumber Co., the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Exuma Waste Management and Secour.
For more information contact the Exuma Tourist Office at 336-2430.