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Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival, May 27th – 29th, 2011, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

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The community spirit is alive and well in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, with members coming together to stage the Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival, May 27-29, 2011.  The festival will feature a smorgasbord of cultural, culinary, musical, literary and visual art events at various locations. The Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival seeks to build on the wonderful vibe created by the Calabash International Literary Festival that ran from 2001-2010 and had become an international calendar event, which was also an essential activity for the Treasure Beach community.

The festival will open on Friday, May 27 with Taino Cove Guest House hosting Culture Night, beginning at 6 p.m. With no cover charge, Culture Night will include performances by a range of story tellers, drummers, and traditional performers including acts from Treasure Beach, St. Thomas, Westmoreland, and Maroon Town.

Literary connoisseurs will have their appetites sated at the Two Seasons’ TalkingTrees Literary Fiesta from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011.  This will feature local readers of all genres of literature and award winning Nigerian writer with Jamaican roots, Igoni Barrett. The Fiesta will also include recorded talk and a children’s programme.

Classically trained vocalist, Sharon Martini, accompanied by Denny Davis presents an “Evening of Song” – a classical recital, at Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant and Bar, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011. The Evening of Song is being staged as a fund raiser for the Treasure Beach Women’s Group; there will be a small cover charge.

Also on May 28 is Calabashment, which will be staged at Jack Sprat from 9 p.m.,featuring top reggae artistes.

On Sunday (May 29), a delictable Bread Basket Brunch is being served up at Sunset Resort and Villas, from 9 a.m., with entertainment provided by a local steel band.  This will be follwed by a Fashion and Art show at Calabash House, beginning at 12 noon,  featuring a new line, Masii, by Jackie Cohen of Mutamba, and current works by Elizabeth Eyre Seltzer. Work of several Jamaican artists, including some from Treasure Beach, will be exhibited. There is no cover charge.

Throughout the Festival, fruit and food vendors as well as several restaurants and bars will ensure that you are well fed and watered over the weekend, so come with your literary appetite…you’ll be so glad you did!

Date: 27th May 2011 to 29th May 2011

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