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Photo Focus: The Crucian Coconut Festival a Refreshing Start to the Season

Vendors sold coconut-themed drinks and foods at the Crucian Coconut Festival. (V.I. Source photo taken by Diana Dias)

The Crucian Coconut Festival was a refreshing start to the holiday season. Families, vendors, and coconut lovers gathered to ‘celebrate, hydrate and rejuvenate’ at the Bethlehem Sugar Factory Site.

Art piece by Brenda Cotto at the Crucian Coconut Festival on display. (V.I. Source photo taken by Diana Dias)

On Friday’s opening night, the festival kicked off with a fine art exhibition that displayed exquisite art pieces from local artists such as Lucien Downs, Brenda Cotto, Any Gibbs, Christa-Ann Molloy, Narius Walker, and more.

Art piece by Narius Walker at the Crucian Coconut Festival on display. (V.I. Source photo taken by Diana Dias)

Saturday was the main festival event, and later, a music and fashion show, and Sunday continued the festivities for coconut lovers.

Families enjoy the Crucian Coconut Festival. (V.I. Source photo taken by Diana Dias)

 

Participants enjoyed an afternoon of multiple activities, which included shopping from local vendors, coconut-themed food and drinks, activities for children, quadrille dancing, live bands, and a domino competition.

Vendors at the Crucian Coconut Festival. (V.I. Source photo taken by Diana Dias)

The St. Croix Farmers in Action, Inc. president P. Tahemah Edwards said, “This year I believe we truly outdone ourselves. The Crucian Coconut Festival will span two days; our Art Exhibition on Friday evening expands to Art in Motion at Saturday evening’s fashion show. If you’ve been to any of our events in the past, rest assured that this experience will be different.”

Quadrille dancer Celita Rivera. (V.I. Source photo taken by Diana Dias)

Healthline describes coconut water as the liquid found in the center of a young green coconut that helps nourish the fruit. Usually, it takes 10 to 12 months for a coconut to mature. Coconut is used in tarts, drinks and other foods as a delicious addition to Crucian cuisines.

Handouts in the form of booklets were also given to participants, which contained recipes to go home with for coconut-themed desserts and food ideas.

For more information regarding the Crucian Coconut Festival, you can visit their website or by email at cruciancoconutfestival@gmail.com.

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