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Sugar and rum took centre stage in the factory yard of Portvale Sugar Factory in St James when the Barbados Tourism Product Authority launched the 2018 Sugar and Rum Season recently.
It is a novel idea of the tourism agency tasked with coming up with new attractions and products in the tourism mix, and as CEO of the BTPA, Dr Kerry Hall, said, it was a fitting addition, given the intricate links between rum, sugar and Barbados.
Guests were entertained by traditional Bajan artistes such as stilt walkers, tuk band and Mother Sally, perennial features of entertainment in the tourism sector. Historian Dr Karl Watson related the story of sugar and rum, Dancin Africa served up a spirited brew of rhythmic movments, while flashing neon lights added colour to the energetic performance on stage by Mahalia Cummins and her popular Two Mile Hill band.
Guests were also treated to the musical mastery of the new group, Marlon Legall Voice Project.
With fish cakes, pudding and souse and pone in the culinary offerings, it was more than a peek into what is in store for next year’s Sugar and Rum Season. (GC)