The community spirit is alive and well in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, with members coming together to stage the Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival, May 27, 28 and 29, 2011, offering a smorgasbord of cultural, culinary, musical, literary and visual art events at various locations. The Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival will build on the wonderful vibe created by the Calabash International Literary Festival that ran from 2001-2010 and had become a national and international calendar event and an essential part of the economy of the Treasure Beach community.
The Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival will open on Friday evening (May 27) with Taino Cove Guest House hosting Culture Night, beginning at 6 p.m. With no cover charge, Culture Night will include performances by a range of story tellers, drummers, and traditional performers including acts from Treasure Beach, St. Thomas, Westmoreland, and Maroon Town.
Literary connoisseurs will have their appetites sated at the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. on Saturday (May 28) on the grounds of Two Seasons Guest House. The Talking Trees Fiesta will feature local readers of all genres of literature, and award winning Nigerian writer with Jamaican roots, Igoni Barrett. The Fiesta will also include recorded talk, and a children’s programme. No cover charge.
Classically trained vocalist, Sharon Martini, accompanied by Denny Davis, present an “Evening of Song” – a classical recital, at Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant and Bar, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday (May 28). The Evening of Song is being staged as a fund raiser for the Treasure Beach Women’s Group. There will be a small cover charge
Calabashment happens on stage at Jack Sprat on Saturday (May 28), from 9 p.m., featuring top reggae artistes.
On Sunday (May 29), a delictable Bread Basket Brunch is being served up at Sunset Resort and Villas, from 9 a.m., with entertainment provided by a local steel band.
A Fashion and Art show happens at Calabash House, beginning at 12 noon, featuring a new line, Masii, by Jackie Cohen of Mutamba, and current works by Elizabeth Eyre Seltzer designs will be on show. Work of several Jamaican artists, including some from Treasure Beach, will be exhibited. There is no cover charge.
Throughout the Festival, fruit and food vendors, and the several restaurants and bars will ensure that you are well fed and watered over the weekend.
The South Coast Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association is lending its support to the Festival. Independent Radio Company, through its radio stations Power 106 and Music 99FM are on board as media sponsors.
A web-site for the Festival is hosted by treasurebeach.net.
If you would like to be a sponsor or reserve a booth at the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta do let us know.