Fine dining at Agrofest

agrofestprepationsFor the first time in its nine-year history, the popular Barbados Agricultural Society’s Agrofest, will provide patrons with a five-course fine dining dinner on the opening day — Friday — in Queen’s Park.

Coordinator of the annual event, Thedore Fraser told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, the idea was to show what could be done with locally produced foods.

Fraser said the $150 per plate dinner would obviously be served up with all locally grown foods. He pointed out that this aspect of the show was being sponsored by the Inter-American Institute on Agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture in Barbados.

He said another innovation would be a specially dedicated to renewable energy and would be located on the Queen’s Park pasture.

“As soon as you come through the entrance (southern gate) you would see the lights being powered by solar and wind turbine energy,” he said.

He said all was set for Friday’s opening, which, as usual, will be closed to the general public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., because it would be dedicated to schools only.

However, the three-day exhibition would re-open at 4 p.m for members of the wider public. The event, Fraser noted, would feature craft, fruits and vegetables, lots of food, plants, live animals and agro-processing.

“I would want patrons who visit the exhibition and who are leaving to drop off stuff [with the intention of returning], to get an arm band from the officials at the gate. You would have to have the arm band along with your ticket stub if you want to get back in. †No arm bands will be issued on entering for the first time,” explained the coordinator.

Fraser has also advised patrons who are dining to obtain their tickets from the BAS headquarters on Beckles Road. The regular entrance tickets may be bought from the box offices or persons can pay at the gate. (EJ)†††

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