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