By Betty Vedrine
The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation in conjunction with Nassau Cruise Port Limited announced plans for staging of the Authentically Bahamian Trade Show 2021. The two-day event is scheduled for December 11-12 at the Grand Ballroom of Atlantis Convention Centre on Paradise Island. A press conference announcing the event was held on Wednesday, 17th November at BAIC on Old Trail Road.
In attendance was Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, the Hon. Clay Sweeting. He commended both BAIC and the Cruise Port for collaborating to bring the event into fruition. He said this is a perfect opportunity for artists, artisans and persons in the food industry to display their products and services.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Bahamians, including those on the Family Islands, to participate in a forum that will allow them to display their goods and services, whether it is straw works, crafts or culinary offerings,” said Minister Sweeting. “It is also an opportunity for tourists to purchase locally made products and get a taste of authentic Bahamian items.”
Executive Chairman, Leroy Major, said he was delighted that BAIC is a partner in this event. “I am delighted to lend my support to this event, which is being hosted by Nassau Cruise Port,” he said. “A wide variety of Bahamian-made products will be showcased at this fair, putting Bahamian artisans, artists and craftsman, on stage.”
Amanda Friedman, a committee member representing Cruise Port Limited, gave an overview on the details of the upcoming trade show and said that they have received an ‘overwhelming’ response in applications from vendors who wish to participate. She said that the fair will feature 50 small retail spaces, which will offer food, beverages and retail items. Chef Simeon Hall, Jr. will also work with the team for the event.
“Nassau Cruise Port is focused on building a destination, where tourists will be exposed to Bahamian food and products,” she said. “This fair will help us to find those goods and services, which are offered locally.”