By Sarah Kirkby
Freeport, Grand Bahama – With ticket sales in full swing Festival Noel is gearing up for a real “Sweet 16.” As part of this year’s annual event local high schools and the College of The Bahamas will compete for the coveted title of Chef Noel.
Confirmed for this year’s Chef battle event are Catholic High School, Eight Mile Rock, St. George’s and the College of The Bahamas. “These students are really excited to show off their talents to Grand Bahamians,” said Cecilia Bodie, GB BNT Manager, “I am excited to see how the Chef battle turns out and who has been the most creative!”
Thanks to two new sponsors the students will be able to participate this year. Both SAVEMORE Food store and the Freeport Container Port and its group of Companies generously stepped up to help them. “Freeport Container Port (FCP) prides itself as an organization fully committed to supporting community driven initiatives, like Festival Noel,” noted Sherry Brookes, FCP Corporate Affairs Manager. “FCP is fully aware of the annual excitement this fundraising event brings to the local community and more importantly, the noble and unwavering commitment of the committee to raise funds, to assist with the preservation of our natural marine habitats, historic sites and other national ecological efforts.”
She noted that FCP “fully supports the view that the country’s national park systems are vital, natural resources which must be preserved for future generations. We also acknowledge the remarkable value of protecting these green spaces which are beneficial from an economic, ecological and social perspective.”
SAVEMORE Food Store was also pleased to assist the Trust and to provide the freshest of ingredients for the Chefs presentations. “It’s wonderful to see these students so enthusiastic about this competition,” noted Jimmy Williams, Savemore Food Store Manager. “You can tell these kids are determined to win on Friday.”
Tickets for Festival Noel are $50 in advance and $45 for Bahamas National Trust members and are available now at Bristol Wines and Spirits, Barefoot Marketing and at the Rand Nature Centre. All tickets are $55 on the day.