On March 30 th, 2019, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), is hosting the first Annual Harvest Festival in Morgan’s Bluff, North Andros. The festival celebrates the abundant harvest of farm produce and marine resources produced by Andros’s rich farmland and marine ecosystems. Harvest Fest also commemorates the area’s agricultural legacy dating back to the early 1900’s when its industry began supplying the rest of the Bahamas and specified markets in North America. Today, the community is now the home of the country’s premier educational institute for agricultural and marine science with its mandates to foster local sustainable agriculture and fisheries, and the Bahamas’ national food security.
The event takes place at Morgan’s Bluff Regatta Site next to the harbor and beautiful beach, two miles northeast of Nicholl’s Town, North Andros’ capital. Billed as the island’s largest farmers’ and fish market ever held, Harvest Fest will feature food and craft vendors with
live entertainment by popular Androsian and Bahamian artists. A culinary pavilion will host live cooking demos using native produce, and the final ceremony will celebrate local farmers and their significant contribution to Bahamian agriculture and commerce. Frequent bus tours will run from the festival site to BAMSI’s headquarters further south. As well as promoting Andros’ farm and marine produce, the event will help to establish a scholarship fund. Andros Ministry of Tourism Manager, Peter Douglas, encourages Bahamians and the
country’s hotels, restaurants, and food suppliers to enjoy a visit and support several vital causes at the same time.
“Our farmers, fishermen, and BAMSI students would love to see you here. The country needs to support this critical sector. Think about the vital causes Harvest Fest supports: food security, sustainable agriculture, and fisheries, fresh local produce, jobs, education, and training. It goes as deep as economic diversification and cutting our balance of payments.” “People don’t know how much fresh produce we can farm here and we’re only 35 miles from Nassau & Paradise Island—just a quick hop. If we want a better future, this is where our hope lies. Andros, with its rich resources and landmass, is our biggest potential producer. Along with its importance to Andros’ local and the Bahamian economy, Harvest Fest will be inspiring and lots of fun,” says Douglas.
“Private and visiting boaters and most welcome. They’ll experience some wonderful Bahamian hospitality, culture and music, enjoy our delicious food and drinks, and learn a lot too,” says Douglas.
Morgan’s Bluff Harbour can accommodate over 40 boats, and, off a beautiful beach, the nearby bay provides a good anchorage. Morgan’s Bluff’s regatta festival site, beach, and harbor are two miles northwest of Nicholl’s Town, North Andros’s capital town. The area is serviced by
San Andros airport 11 miles to the south. As the crow flies, the harbor is 36nm from Nassau, 76nm from Bimini, and 117nm from Miami. For online charts and satellite imagery, see: https://www.waterwayguide.com/anchorage/2-1056/morgans-bluff.
Each summer, the regatta site is home to the Annual Andros and Berry Islands Regatta. In 2019, the regatta is celebrated through the July 5th weekend. See: https://www.bahamas.com/event/all-andros-berry-islands-regatta and https://www.bahamas.com/vendor/morgans-bluff-beach. The Morgan’s Bluff area is famous for its caves and, reputedly, Captain Morgan’s hidden treasure. Year round, visitors enjoy Andros for its eco-tourism, blue holes, diving and fishing, particularly bonefishing on its vast flats. Just to the north off Morgan’s Bluff are the Joulter Cays with its pristine flats within easy reach by skiff. Local tours include blue hole and farm tours, wild boar hunting, and bus tours to Red Bays, known for its straw weaving and craftwork. “We’ve been planning Harvest Fest a long time,” says Douglas. “It deserves support
from businesses and people from all over the islands. We’re hoping for a good turn out.
Fly or catch the North Andros mailboat from Nassau. Make an effort to come. You’ll have a great time.” From Nassau, mailboat Lady Rosalind offers a Day Away Harvest Fest Special: a round trip for adults is $75 and for children, $50. Trucks are $250 and cars $240. Book with Captain Taylor at +1 (242) 557-1424. Western Air operates twice-daily scheduled flights between Nassau and San Andros at 7am and 4pm. Round trips are $156. Call: +1 (242) 329-4000). For more information, contact the Ministry of Tourism offices in North and Central
Andros: +1 (242) 368-2286 or 368-2891, and +1 (242) 329-4487.