FREEPORT, Grand Bahama –The 14th Annual Coconut Festival has become a signature event on the community calendar, featuring Authentically Bahamian culture with special emphasis on cuisine, and century’s old social traditions.
Scheduled for April 9, 2012 and locally celebrated as Pelican Point's Homecoming Festival, family friends and guests will descend upon the small seaside village to a feast of coconut dishes such as coconut jimmy, coconut shrimp, barbecue ribs with coconut sauce, coconut rice, coconut tart, and more, as well as a variety of coconut beverages including the famous Bahamian drink gully wash – made of coconut water.
“There will be an "everything coconut under the tent’ display”, says Cathy Laing, organizing committee spokesperson and Cacique Award Winner in the Authentically Bahamian Handicraft category.The Grand Bahama Royal Bahamas Police Force ‘Pop Band’, ‘Avvy’ and ‘Geno D’ will perform throughout the day, and event-goers will participate in uniquely-coconut games and fun activities such as coconut eating and coconut-barking contests. Coconut shell crafts and souvenirs such as jams, soap, coconut-scented candles, and more crafts will also be available.
The Pelican Point community, comprised of less than one hundred residents, is located thirty-five miles east of Freeport/Lucaya and remains populated by descendants of the original residents to this day. The organizing committee headed by members of the Thomas, Laing, Roberts, and Cooper families, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and corporate sponsors, are committed to keeping their ancient traditions alive.
For a full schedule of Coconut Festival events, click here.