This year marks the 24 th Anniversary of the International Cultural, Wine & Food Festival, the most popular event in The Bahamas’ calendar. On October 19 & 20, over 120 booths will line the lawns at the Botanical Gardens, offering food, fun and festivity to the over 25,000 patrons who come out every year. Gates open at 10 am, with entry fee the same for several years at $10 adults, $3 under 12 and $5 for UB students with ID. To alleviate any wait time at the gate, Cash n Go is now selling entry bands at three locations – Palmdale, Carmichael and Downtown.
We are very pleased to announce that ALIV has come on board as the presenting sponsor for the event. A staunch supporter for many years, ALIV will be featured on the Main Lawn, offering a charging station and WIFI, give-aways and featuring their non-profit platform ‘Together’, a hub supporting local communities. After the stress and worry of Hurricane Dorian, the Festival will provide a welcome respite, as it proved to do after Hurricane Matthew. Several evacuee children, currently at the Ranfurly Home, have been invited to attend and will be able to enjoy the numerous kiddie attractions including amusement rides, pony rides, petting zoo and the cool delight of ice cream!
This year, the Festival is showing a Saturday night movie on the Main Lawn at 7pm to add to the other attractions. There are a few country additions and we welcome Romania, Grenada & Japan to our international line-up, which includes all the favourites, a total of 21 countries plus, of course, our Bahamas. The Festival has ‘gone green’ this year with a ban on Styrofoam products, in line with the national initiative commencing in January 2020. Our entertainment will be as exciting as ever, including music and dance from participating countries; Josiah and his performance group; the popular The Ladies Band; plus the best DJs on the island!
Without our sponsors, many of whom have been with us for many years, the Festival could never happen. We thank in particular, our Platinum sponsor Bahamas Waste; Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas for running our banks; Commonwealth Brewery for the Beer Garden; Bristol Cellars and Bacardi for our Festival Bar; NAD, The Punch, Cable Bahamas and Bahamas Local for featuring our ads; Bahamas Experience for bussing the tourists to the Gardens; Blue Lagoon Island, the Out Island Promotion Board, Coca-Cola, Doctors Hospital for their support.