Carriacou to host first ever Corn Festival

Monday which is October 26 and designated as Thanksgiving holiday will be a special one for the sister isle of Carriacou, as it will host its first ever Corn Festival under the theme “Discover and Relish Corn’s Goodness.”

The inaugural event dubbed, ‘Corn Fest 2015’ is booked for the popular Footprint Behind Sands venue close to the Lauriston Airport and is expected to explore the variety of ways corn, a crop indigenous to Carriacou is prepared for eating.

Event organisers are promising a wide variety of corn products for sampling and sale on the day including, coo-coo, corn bread, corn cake, conkie – ‘paime”, corn meal and corn flour.

Corn breadThe corn event is also expected to showcase a number of Carriacou’s cultural traditions including string band music and May Pole dancing.

Event Coordinators, Dexter Lendore and Dexter Leggard, said Corn Fest 2015 comes on stream with the aim of inspiring and encouraging community togetherness, while exploring the increasing variety of products derived from the corn grain.

Lendore and Leggard, who both have extensive background knowledge in the local cultural and tourism landscape are optimistic that Corn Fest will become an additional feature on the island’s cultural calendar.

The twin-parish of Carriacou and Petite Martinique is known for growing a large quantity of the corn vegetable.

LogoCorn has been the predominant staple food enjoyed by ancestors and is a permanent feature at the islands’ traditional “Saraca”- smoked food event.
Corn Fest 2015 is endorsed by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs.

It is also being treated as a new tourism product for the tri-island-state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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