Fishermen's Fest 2013

Great news folks! Plans are well underway for the 2013 festival! This year’s 3rd Annual Fishermen’s Fest will be held at the “Public Park” at the Western tip of Spanish Wells on the 19th and 20th July. Activities are as follows: 19th July - The fest will begin around 6pm with the sale of food and drinks (full bar). A number of stall vendors will be present selling their own variety of dishes, many of which incorporate seafood. The night will be geared mostly toward the adult age group with games including hoop-la, darts and beer pong. There will be live entertainment for all to enjoy! Cut-off time will be approximately 12am. A cover charge is set to help supplement costs. 20th July- This is the “big day/night” for the Fishermen’s Fest with activities lasting from 10am through to 2am on 21st. The day begins with a “family fun day” inclusive of games, raffle drawings, face painting, animal balloons, live DJ, tons of food and drinks, photo opportunities and information available on the crawfishing industry. There is no full bar during the daytime activities. The Park begins to quiet down at about 6pm when the committee begins to make adjustments to prepare for the live entertainment and more of an adult crowd which starts at about 7:30pm. Raffle drawings take place along with the naming of winners of the popular guessing games in between performances by the house band. A cover charge is required to be paid for the evening festivities to help supplement entertainment and other expenses incurred by the committee. Food and drinks are available for purchase in addition to other wares that stall vendors have to offer such as locally made shell jewelry. A headliner will perform creating a night of excitement as attendants dance the night away. The event culminates with a fireworks display creating long lasting memories of the evening.

Food & Drinks

Food choices are practically endless; from the delicious seafood dishes like crawfish thermadore, conch ‘n’ rice, and fried fish to local sweets such as homemade coconut ice cream, coconut pies and guava duff (just to name a few). Of course no Bahamian festival would be complete without conch salad and conch fritters!

Other Dishes/Sweets - Seafood kabobs, fried fish, cracked conch, crawfish ‘n’ rice, seafood pizza, BBQ chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, peas ‘n’ rice, crab ‘n’ rice, macaroni ‘n’ cheese, cole slaw, cream layer cake, fudge, and fudge layer cake. *Menus will vary depending on stall vendors and may either not include OR not be limited to the dishes listed. Fresh mango, strawberry and pina colada daiquiris are a favourite for many while others choose the “Bahama Mama”, “Goombay Smash” or the signature Fest drinks; the “Yellow Jack” and “Blue Runner”. The Fest Committee will set-up a full bar for purchasing drinks on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

Games

Games for both kids and adults range from “Hoop-La” to the “Fish Pond” while getting a “Lollypop Surprise” in between. Don’t forget to “Guess Your Luck” in hopes of winning a fantastic prize! Raffle tickets will also be available for the big drawing on Saturday the 20th! Other Games (20th July)- Bouncy Castle, darts, punch board, and basketball hoops.

Souvenirs

This year a number of collectible items will be customized with the Fishermen’s Fest logo. Be sure to purchase your keepsake at the Fest to remember your time in Spanish Wells and tell your friends about it! *Souvenirs will include shot glasses, beach bags, tervis tumblers and tee shirts. *Souvenir items may vary based on availability.

Entertainment

Many say you can feel the rhythm of Bahamian music in your bones, and this is true! There will be LIVE performances by popular Bahamian Artists both Friday night (19th) and Saturday night (20th) so be sure to come out and “shake a leg” to the beat! Artist information will be posted closer to the scheduled dates.

Travel

Traveling to Spanish Wells is quite easy with direct service from Nassau on Bahamas Fast Ferries’ M/V Bohengy II! Bahamas Ferries also provides inter-island transit making the trip extremely convenient and enjoyable so be sure to check their website- www.bahamasferries.com. Prefer to fly? There are a number of direct flights coming in to the North Eleuthera International Airport (ELH) from Nassau or the USA. Persons flying in from Nassau may choose Bahamasair, Pineapple Air, Sky Bahamas, or Southernair Charter Service while airlines offering service direct from the USA include United (Silver Airways) and American Airlines. Those persons flying in to North Eleuthera Airport will need to take a land taxi (approximately 15 minutes) to “Gene’s Bay Dock” followed by a water taxi (approximately 10 minutes) to the island of Spanish Wells. Water taxi/ferry services will be offered late evenings of 19th & 20th July for persons wishing to travel to and from mainland Eleuthera. Transportation from the Spanish Wells Public Dock to the Public Park will be provided for the evening activities on Saturday, 20th July.

Photo-ops!

This year everyone will have the opportunity to “capture the moment” at the “Alexander Symonette Photography” booth. Choose from your selection of backgrounds on-site and take home an individual/friends/family photo of an awesome day!

Historical/Educational Experience

Talk with local historian Mr. Frederick “Jock” Morgan about the progression of the crawfishing industry as well as the rich history of the Spanish Wells community. Compare the history lesson to the photos and fishing gear on site, giving you a truly tangible experience.

 

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