Recap: 2014 Taste Our Bahamas Festival

On Saturday, hundreds of people attended the first annual Taste Our Bahamas Festival in Nassau at Fort Charlotte.  People from most of the inhabited islands of the Bahamas were represented at the festival, including New Providence, Abaco, Andros, and Cat Island.

Festivities began around 8 am and lasted until about 10 pm. Performances by a local marching band, a mixology showdown, culinary demonstrations and musical artists were all apart of the rigorous festival schedule.  Festival goers were able to visit each vendor and ‘taste the Bahamas.’ There was also an area filled with games where parents could leave their children so they could roam around the festival freely.

I sampled several types of traditional Bahamian foods.  Conch fritters, guava duff, jerk chicken and fresh sugar cane juice were all on menus from various vendors.  I was stuffed by the time I left!  By the way, this was my first time tasting guava duff (a pastry made with guava covered with a cream sauce…similar to a Cinnabon but better), and it was seriously delicious. Trust me on this.

I also had the opportunity to talk live on the air with radio station Hot 91.7’s The Natural Empress as well as a local Bahamian TV station.  So much fun chatting about my site, the festival and all the food Bahamas has to offer!

This was the first year for the festival, so I only expect it to be bigger and better next year.  To learn more about the festival and Bahamas Culinary Month, click here.

*This post is sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. All opinions expressed are my own.