A Tropical Theme for St. Thomas Carnival 2013-The Food Fair!
We had a great time at the food fair at St. Thomas Carnival! Fragrant smells abound as people colorfully dressed in cultural madras outfits move about excitedly carrying their favorite plants, foods, pastries, candies or handmade crafts. Everyone gathers to taste the cultural dishes, meet friends they haven’t seen in years or just walk around taking in the sights and aromas.
Vendors set up their wares at Emancipation Garden. Their tables are spread with beautiful tablecloths, laden with pots of crab and rice, kallalloo, roast pork, conch, fried fish, Johnny cakes, fried chicken, pates, tamarind & gooseberry preserves, cakes and tarts, in an eye catching display that says, “come over and have a taste.” Within the Garden, there are original local crafts, such as handmade dolls, crocheted clothing, handmade jewelry, candles, etc. On the outer southern side of the Garden, are a large variety of local plants and produce.
At the Cultural Fair, people arrive early to get the best of the savory dishes and other items, some of which will be packaged and sent to their relatives off island. Others come to the fair to have a good time, listening to the sweet sounds of Milo’s Kings or the St. Thomas All Stars Steelband. The fair officially opens at noon giving special recognition to the honoree, who was chosen for their participation and contributions to the Fair over the years. Government officials along with Carnival Royalty and Carnival officials are all in attendance, while participants anxiously await the announcement of the winners in such categories as native candies, cakes and pastries, plants, produce, arts and crafts, Special Food Contest and Best Dressed Fair participant. It was a day well spent — enjoying the culture of the USVI, a variety of foods and sweet, pulsating rhythms — what more could one ask for?