Celebrate, hydrate and rejuvenate at the 2022 Crucian Coconut Festival on St. Croix! Hosted by St. Croix Farmers in Action, Inc., the Crucian Coconut Festival is focused on identifying and highlighting ways to reignite St. Croix’s economy with the help of coconuts. This two-day event offers a rich, cultural display of this cherished Caribbean fruit while showcasing the benefits of the coconut and coconut farming. Filled with numerous activities for the entire family, attendees can enjoy educational presentations, cooking demos, activities, games and live local music at this year’s festival. Coconuts create a wide assortment of byproducts that are used and enjoyed by people worldwide and is one of the few fruits in the world that has that capability.
The Crucian Coconut Festival does more than shine a light on coconuts. This event brings the community together in a safe, family friendly environment to support entrepreneurs, small businesses and farmers. The expansion of last year’s festival included the addition of the fine art exhibit complete with live entertainment on the opening night. This year will see a continuation of the art exhibit, showcasing visual art pieces by more than 30 artists of varying disciplines across the Virgin Islands, including woodworkers, painters and steel sculpture artists. The newest addition to the festival lineup is the Music and Fashion Show produced by local clothing brand, UpperClass OG. The show will feature some of the territory’s top local brands as they walk the runway and show off the creative spirit of our Virgin Islands.
Thanks to several vendors that will be in attendance, there will be an abundance of coconut-inspired crafts, local foods and treats available for purchase. The onsite greenhouse will host aquaponic tours that show how produce is grown using this fish powered food production system. There will also be a host of interactive educational presentations about the coconut as well as a family activity center with craft baskets and bags filled with coconut learning activities. Popular competitions will return such as the coconut jelly scooping contest and coconut husking competition where speed is the name of the game.
The Crucian Coconut Festival will kick off with the Fine Art Exhibit at Estate Bethlehem Sugar Factory on Friday, December 2nd from 4pm to 9pm; $25 entry fee for the opening night. An extension of the Fine Art Exhibit is the music & fashion show on Saturday, December 3rd from 7pm to 10pm; $15 entry fee per attendee. The main festival event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th from 11am to 6pm; $10 entry fee for all attendees. For more information, visit www.cruciancoconutfestival.net or call 340.332.7228.
Written by Anquanette Gaspard (firstname.lastname@example.org)