Tamarind Hotel entertains visitors

The tuk band was a hit with guests

Visitors of Tamarind Hotel got the chance to experience Barbadian culture first hand at the hotel’s annual Barbadian Market Day.

Held on Boxing Day, for the fifth time running, visitors were treated to Barbadian delights in food, arts and music.

Dancing Africa enthralled those guests poolside with their own special blend of Christmas flavor, while stilt walkers Shane McClean and Dana Gittens were a crowd favourite, fascinating the audience with their dancing and dramatic leaps on stilts.

These ‘elves’ put on a entertaining dance routine

With the aim to “promote local”, artwork and jewelry by artist Jacqueline Hinds was on display, as well as the works of Kathy Lewis. Guests were also introduced to local wines made from traditional products such sorrel and breadfruit.

Operations Manager of Tamarind Hotel, Antonia Hinds reported that the event was to promote Barbadian culture and Barbadian products.

“This is an opportunity for us as Barbadians to showcase our culture to guests who are visiting from the US, UK and further aboard,” said Hinds.

The Market Day, has been an anticipated event for reoccurring guests, noted the Operations Manager.

Shane McClean showing off his skills to these visitors

“A third of our guests are repeat clients and they know what to expect…even before Christmas arrives they are asking if we are still…doing the market day, because it is something that they look forward to and as a family hotel, it’s something that their children look forward to,” Hinds noted.

Rachel Goode from York, England, was one of the guests who immensely enjoyed the day’s activities. Spending Christmas overseas for the first time with her husband and daughter, she described the Market Day as a “lovely” experience. (KK)

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