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Peru was represented at last year's popular International Culture Wine & Food Festival, which was originally conceived to recognize United Nations Day. FILE

It’s festival season, and it kicks off this weekend with the 24th International Culture, Wine & Food Festival (ICWFF), but will be followed up by the always popular 29th Annual Wine & Art Festival and the much-anticipated Jollification.

ICWFF, which is akin to two days of eating and drinking around the world with participants putting the culture of their native lands on display, takes place October 19-20 at the Botanical Gardens. It is anticipated that the nationalities participating will be more than 20, with 120 booths for patrons to peruse offerings that run the gamut from food and drink, to art, craft and even national clothing, which means there will be something for everyone.

This year, new to the ICWFF will be movie night, with the showing of “Spider Man” taking place on the main lawn at 7 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their fold-up chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie-on-the-lawn experience.

The Commonwealth Brewery-sponsored Wine & Art Festival is on tap for the weekend of October 26-27 at The Retreat, Village Road, featuring for the first time a Champagne Lounge for those people with discerning tastes. The Champagne Lounge pops up at this popular festival on the heels of Champagne Day, a global online event that celebrates Champagne. The 10th edition takes place today, October 18.

The Champagne Lounge at the festival will join with the Heineken Beer Garden which is back by popular demand to offer a libation for every taste at this year’s festival, dubbed “A Walk Through the Vineyard”, at which patrons can sample over 50 wines provided by 700 Wines & Spirits.

Also on tap will be an artists’ exhibition, patrons will also be able to engage with international wine experts and learn how to pair wine with food, enjoy complimentary delicacies prepared by local celebrity chefs, participate in interactive experiences and enjoy live jazz entertainment during the 12 noon to 7 p.m. event.

Tickets are $5 (12-17 years old), $20 Bahamas National Trust (BNT) members, $25 advance purchase and $30 at the gate and available at BNT Bay Street; The Retreat, Village Road; and 700 Wines & Spirits, Caves and Harbour Bay locations. Proceeds from this year’s Wine & Art Festival will benefit Hurricane Dorian restoration.

BNT Christmas Jollification, which features unique arts and crafts, delicious food, a special children’s crafts and games area and a selection of holiday spirits, takes place November 22-24 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The event supports the Retreat Gardens and provides a kick off to the Christmas season.

It’s festival season, and it kicks off this weekend with the 24th International Culture, Wine & Food Festival (ICWFF), but will be followed up by the always popular 29th Annual Wine & Art Festival and the much-anticipated Jollification.

ICWFF, which is akin to two days of eating and drinking around the world with participants putting the culture of their native lands on display, takes place October 19-20 at the Botanical Gardens. It is anticipated that the nationalities participating will be more than 20, with 120 booths for patrons to peruse offerings that run the gamut from food and drink, to art, craft and even national clothing, which means there will be something for everyone.

This year, new to the ICWFF will be movie night, with the showing of “Spider Man” taking place on the main lawn at 7 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their fold-up chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie-on-the-lawn experience.

The Commonwealth Brewery-sponsored Wine & Art Festival is on tap for the weekend of October 26-27 at The Retreat, Village Road, featuring for the first time a Champagne Lounge for those people with discerning tastes. The Champagne Lounge pops up at this popular festival on the heels of Champagne Day, a global online event that celebrates Champagne. The 10th edition takes place today, October 18.

The Champagne Lounge at the festival will join with the Heineken Beer Garden which is back by popular demand to offer a libation for every taste at this year’s festival, dubbed “A Walk Through the Vineyard”, at which patrons can sample over 50 wines provided by 700 Wines & Spirits.

Also on tap will be an artists’ exhibition, patrons will also be able to engage with international wine experts and learn how to pair wine with food, enjoy complimentary delicacies prepared by local celebrity chefs, participate in interactive experiences and enjoy live jazz entertainment during the 12 noon to 7 p.m. event.

Tickets are $5 (12-17 years old), $20 Bahamas National Trust (BNT) members, $25 advance purchase and $30 at the gate and available at BNT Bay Street; The Retreat, Village Road; and 700 Wines & Spirits, Caves and Harbour Bay locations. Proceeds from this year’s Wine & Art Festival will benefit Hurricane Dorian restoration.

BNT Christmas Jollification, which features unique arts and crafts, delicious food, a special children’s crafts and games area and a selection of holiday spirits, takes place November 22-24 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The event supports the Retreat Gardens and provides a kick off to the Christmas season.

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