Everything from down home favorite local foods served up as people enjoy them, to offerings with creative spins, sweets and drinks, jewelry, fashion, straw items, wood carvings and handcrafted soaps are just some of the offerings to be had this weekend at the fifth annual Tru Tru Bahamian Festival.
With food favorites, arts and crafts, games, competitions, entertainment and a Junkanoo rushout, there will be something for everyone at John Watling’s Distillery on Saturday and Sunday.
Children will be engaged with the all-day games and competitions on tap that will entice them to get involved – musical chairs, sack race, skipping rope, kite flying, storytelling, ring play, a pineapple-eating contest, an egg and spoon race, hula hoop and a dance-like-a-Bahamian competition…the games of their parents’ childhood may even encourage adults to let their inner child loose and join their children in the activities.
From a plaiting of the maypole demonstration to a performance by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band, and by the Sir Gerald Cash Primary School Rake and Scrape Band; a hot, spicy and flavorful pepper sauce tasting contest; a straw and Androsia fashion show; performances by the Blaudy & Friends live band, the Rhythm Band, Edison Sumner and Voices of Praise, a Ruppa Pumpum drum solo and Essence Band; and a Junkanoo Commandos rushout – the entertainment never lets up over the course of the two days at the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association-hosted event.
The February 8-9 festival highlights Bahamian culture and history, as evidenced by the diverse schedule of activities that showcases a variety of traditional, culturally-based Bahamian activities and authentic Bahamian food and drink, art, crafts, music and dance.
The festival also brings together Bahamian artisans and sundry vendors who showcase candles, soaps, scrubs, teas, jewelry, straw goods, spices and jams.
A turn at this festival may help you identify what makes you Bahamian; it’s billed as a festival for locals and visitors, young and old.
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.
The festival will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the distillery on Delancy Street. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.