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Pineapple Festival: Still Sweet
By Clarence Rolle, MOT
Jun 1, 2011 - 7:54:19 AM

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NASSAU, Bahamas – The annual Pineapple Festival will experience a transformation this June, as the festival celebrates its 24th anniversary, organizers promised recently.

As the Gregory Town, Eleuthera community prepares for the 24th Pineapple Festival, upgrades are being undertaken to reflect the event’s maturity.  As a result, this year’s edition, June 1 – 5, will be the most sophisticated presentation of the festival, said Jacqueline Gibson, acting general manager of the Eleuthera Tourist Office.

“When you have an event that has been around for more than two decades, constant evaluation and improvement is being done,” Ms. Gibson said. “This is a mature event now. We have gotten this down to a science. So the public can expect a well-oiled festival machine that delivers fun, excitement, and the best Bahamian experience anywhere.”

A Pineapple Fest dish

The event has assembled the best Bahamian entertainers to ensure top-notch performances.  Musical performers include KB, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 14th Cacique Awards, and T’Rez Hepburn, another finalist for the award.  They will be joined by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Dance Band, the Brilanders and the Extremers, who will bring high energy to the festival stage.

Other festival activities include the pineapple eating and cooking contests, a triathlon and bicycle race, plaiting of the pineapple pole, and the Little Miss Pineapple Pageant. The high school Battle of the Bands showdown is also a much-anticipated event, Ms. Gibson said.      

The Pineapple Festival was started by The Ministry of Tourism on Eleuthera in 1988. The purpose of the festival is to honor local farmers for their outstanding contributions to the community and to bring Bahamians and visitors together to participate in cultural activities.

Before hurricane Andrew in 1992, the pineapple industry was the foundation of 40 farmers in Gregory Town.  An estimated 50,000 pineapples were exported each year.


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