MARIGOT–Big game fishing may not be everyone’s cup of tea and while this week’s upcoming 20th St. Martin Billfish Tournament will be focusing on the competitiveness of the 30 or so boats participating, organisers have made sure the general public can enjoy the evening entertainment, music, food and bars in the Billfish Village at Marina Fort Louis after each day’s fishing.
Avid fisherman or not, what better way to satisfy one’s appetite than by visiting the Caribbean Food Flavours Association food stands on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, to discover St. Martin culture and delicious traditional cuisine.
Caribbean Flavours food festival was a big hit last year and the St. Martin Sport Fishing Association has invited the association to return, not only to provide the catering but to encourage the local community to become more involved in the tournament.
Coordinated by Nicole Piper, a preview and tasting was held in the Grand Case Cultural Center on Friday evening with the Jolly Boys providing the music. With cooks dressed in traditional attire, several stands showcased samples of what the public can look forward to during the tournament.
On offer is a long list of delicacies already familiar to many …crab backs, stuffed Christophine, accras, conch, fish soup, salt fish, papaya gratin, sweet potato, Johnny cakes, fried fish, shrimps, paella, goat meat, rice and peas, oxtail, fish brochettes, macaroni pie, and of course home-made juices, desserts and tarts.
Up to 12 food stands representing various associations will be present at the tournament. They include Janine Mingau from Association des Traditions et Culture, Good Friends Association, Baly and Dormoy Catering Service, Junior Daniel, Geraldine Nipau, David Francillette and team from the Village of Sandy Ground, Anne-Marie Gittens, and not forgetting Odile Haguy and her delicious ice Coconut, Mango and Passion fruit ice cream made in the traditional hand-turned “sorbetière.”
Following the first day of fishing on Thursday, June 22, the Bottle Neck Blowing Stars get the party started from 5:00pm followed by the Johnny Guy Band from 6:00pm.
Friday evening June 23 will see the Jolly Boys performing, King Timo, Albert Connor, Mr. Ruffy and the Band Pure, featuring King James and Miss Sassy. The Pedrin Pacheco band takes to the stage at 9:00pm.
On Saturday evening, Gunslingers perform from 5:30pm, followed by a show from the Hot N Spicy Carnival revellers. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7:30pm after which there will be a performance from New Generation Status Band at 8:15pm followed by Youth Waves at 9:00pm.