Montserrat to hold first Calabash festival

The island of Montserrat is proud to announce the first annual Montserrat Calabash Festival. Organised by the Montserrat Hospitality Association, “Calabash: An Explosion of Culture” will run from Tuesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 23, 2006. 

The festival, named after the calabash fruit which has traditionally been used to produce eating utensils, musical instruments and decorative items and has long been identified as one of Montserrat’s cultural items, will be packed with entertaining and educational activities with an emphasis on culture.

Festivities include a Calabash Exhibition at the Montserrat National Trust that will feature exhibits from Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Dominica; a Calabash Food Fair with vendors serving culinary delights from many different islands and cultures; Calabash “Nite Lime” where revelers can enjoy a live band featuring local and Caribbean entertainers, and an adventure hike culminating with a Calabash Breakfast. Other activities include a Calabash Cultural Expo where talent and culture will be displayed through song, dance and dramatization; a “Round De Island” Calabash Ferry Tour that will showcase spectacular views of the former capital of Plymouth, and the festival will conclude with a Beach Splash Barbeque and Closing Ceremony at Little Bay.