Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival

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

If you would like to be a sponsor or reserve a booth at the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta do let us know.

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4 Responses to Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival

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  2. Randie Anderson says:

    Hi, I would like additional information on the Culinary Arts feature.

  3. Lily says:

    Good morning,
    I’m a published travel photographer and writer /blogger based in the US and interested in covering this event as I will be in Jamaica that week. Was curious if you have anything you’re offering for press/media? I’m affiliated with one of the largest online travel mags and also have a blog at

  4. Hadiya Sealy says:

    Good Day,

    My name is Hadiya Sealy and I am the wife and manager to one of Barbados’ leading poets and spoken word artistes – Adrian Green.

    Adrian’s most recent appearance outside of Barbados was at the Nature Island Literary Festival in Dominica, alongside renowned poets/writers such as Prof George Lamming, Joanne Hillhouse and Dr. Elizabeth Nunez. Adrian’s thought provoking performances kept the audience spell bound and reflective.

    We are touring the Caribbean in 2013 and would love the opportunity to perform at the Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival.

    Should you be interested in this partnership, we can be contacted at



    Brief Bio:
    Adrian Green is a Barbadian performance poet engaged in writing about Bajan society and the African diaspora. He was first introduced to performance poetry as a student in the US and took the art form back to Barbados where he would become a three-time winner of the Barbadian Slam Poetry championships and a Gold Award winner in Barbados’ National Festival of Creative Arts. He has performed widely throughout the Caribbean, the US and Ghana. His two albums of poetry are “Random Acts of Conscience” and “Hard Ears”.

    Many of Adrian’s works can be found via YouTube.



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