The Bahamas’ Tru Tru Festival


The Nassau Guardian writes that the best of Bahamian culture will be showcased over two days, during the third annual Tru Tru Bahamian Festival on February 3 and 4, 2018. The Festival will take place from 10:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday.

John Watling’s Distillery will be transformed into a Bahamian village featuring over 70 local vendors, including 20 food vendors, for the event on February 3 and 4. Entertainment from the Junkanoo Commandos, a live performance from the Royal Bahamas Police Band, maypole plaiting, a kids’ corner and more are scheduled for the festival.

Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) President Carlton Russell said the Tru Tru Bahamian Festival is about all things Bahamian. “These are creative expressions that climax into beautiful art, tapestry, unique hand creations — all handcrafted in The Bahamas tailored from the treasure of national resources,” said Russell. “The festival serves to promote and support the incredible wealth of talent that exists in The Bahamas as artisans, musicians, culinarians gather to showcase their every imaginable expression. This year we will enhance the past with the present and help everybody tell the story.”

Pepin Argamasilla, general manager at John Watling’s, said the historic venue is the perfect place to host such an event.

“It’s the perfect place, because this house has been here for over 225 years. Part of what we like about this festival is, in addition to our regular tours, to be able to bring in different vendors on to the property and be able to create a Bahamian village that’s filled with different artistry, entertainment and all the things that really make up this great country,” he said.

“One of the things I like about this event is that it exposes the venue to people who may not come here regularly. It exposes more of the Bahamian culture that we regularly get,” said Argamasilla. [. . .]

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