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BNT Forges New Partnership with Commonwealth Brewery and makes Annual Wine & Art Festival a two-day Affair
By Sarah Kirkby
Oct 17, 2018 - 9:08:01 AM

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The BNT Wine & Art festival boasts an impressive cadre of corporate sponsors who have signed on to make the re-imagined event a success. Pictured (L-R) are Bahamas Waste CFO Disa Campbell, Greg Stuart, Head of Corporate & Commercial, Scotia Bank, Sherwin Williams Company Rep, Gina Sweeting, Wine Brand Manager CBL, Therese Demeritte, BNT Executive Director Eric Carey, Celebrity Artist Jamal Rolle, Chef of the year, Jamal Small and Local Artist Paulette Mortimer. (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Archer)

New Providence, Bahamas – Good food, great wine, and art will take center stage on October 27th and 28th for the annual BNT Wine & Art Festival 2018. The event, now in its 28th year, is being reimagined by organizers to provide two days of creativity, cuisine, and of course, wine & art, all set against the backdrop of the garden oasis that is the Retreat Garden on Village Road - one of 32 National Parks managed by the Bahamas National Trust.

 “This year we really wanted to up the ante for our guests and provide an even better experience than they’ve come to expect from Wine & Art,” said BNT Executive Director Eric Carey, “and we’re doing that with the help of an amazing team of sponsors including our new title sponsor, Commonwealth Brewery”.

Now the premier sponsor of the event, the company joins an already impressive cadre of corporate sponsors who have supported the festival for nearly 3 decades. Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. (CBL), known country wide under the banner of 700 Wines & Spirits will be further supported by the likes of the Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas Waste, Scotia Bank, Sherwin Williams, and others, whose contributions both monetary and otherwise will make this year’s Wine & Art festival one to remember.

Executive Director of the BNT Eric Carey accepts a sponsorship donation from Scotiabank for The Trust’s upcoming Wine & Art Festival. The annual event is a fundraiser the benefits the national parks of The Bahamas. Pictured (L-R) are Paul Lewis - Director of Credit Solutions, Scotia Wealth, Greg Stuart, Head of Corporate & Commercial, Scotia Bank and Executive Director of the BNT Eric Carey. (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Archer)

“We are excited to be onboard with so many amazing entities for this truly re-imagined event” said CBL Brand Manager Therese Demeritte, “This is the start of what we believe will be a beautiful, long and successful partnership with the BNT and we’re looking forward to it.”

Over a two-day period, the grounds of The Retreat will be transformed to accommodate a beer garden, a champagne lounge, and a variety of tasting stations featuring more 50 wines from around the world.

“Each of this year’s amazing wine selections will also be paired with an equally amazing culinary creation from Chef of the Year, Jamal Small and scores of other amazing chefs to delight the palettes of foodies in attendance.

“We’re focusing a lot on wide education this year as well, Small noted, “teaching wine drinkers what wines pair best with what meals so they can get the best out of their wine and food options”.

Guests Sample products from Commonwealth Brewery's vast selection of Wines & Spirits after a press conference to announce the Annual Wine & Art Festival to be held at The Retreat Garden on October 27 & 28. (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Archer)

The event will feature 30 Bahamian artists, showcasing their exquisite works for festival patrons. The cadre of artists includes some stalwart favourites, as well as newer entrants. For the second consecutive year, the festival will feature “ParticiPAINT” an interactive art experience created by 3rilogy which comprises Celebrity Artist Jamal Rolle, Airbrush Junkie Stephan Legend, and Salt Artist Extraordinaire, Allan Pacino Wallace. ParticiPAINT will allow patrons of the event to unleash their inner Picasso on canvases placed around the festival grounds, painting alongside the likes of Legend, Rolle and Wallace, who will all be in attendance and leading this activity.

“This is going to a fun and interactive experience” said Rolle that everyone can enjoy “parents, kids, couples, it is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and show off whatever art skills they have”.

The BNT created the event as a fun and interactive affair for wine and art lovers here in the capital. The annual festival also provides significant funding for the BNT, a non-profit organization, charged with managing the national parks of The Bahamas. 

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