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A celebration of all things banana in St Thomas

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith

The fifth staging of the Banana Festival and Family Fun Day in Port Morant, St Thomas was a success as patrons turned out in large numbers to partake of the various banana products on sale and to enjoy the day's activities.

The annual Heroes Day celebration is put on by the Port Morant Community Development Committee (CDC) with sponsorship from various corporate entities.

The event sees vendors showcasing many products that are made from banana, including homemade banana chips, pudding, bread, patties, smoothie, spice and a crowd favourite - banana wine.

Vice-president of the Port Morant CDC Richard Gowie told Rural Xpress that the initiative was born out of a need for something that would help to bring the community together.

"What we try to do is bring back the life in Port Morant. We try to have an event that would bring families and friends together to have a good time. We also do it to highlight our product and the various things we can use it to create," he said.

Gowie however explained that this year's staging of the Banana festival had less of the produce to work with than in previous years.

According to him: "Some of the farmers who had made commitments did not fulfil their promises. Also, there are those who were unable to provide their usual amounts because of praedial larceny."

Despite the setbacks, Gowie told Rural Xpress that the initiative has grown over the years and expressed that more vendors have been showing interest in becoming a part of the festival.

He expressed gratitude for the continued support of the patrons and noted that they are now looking for a bigger location to host the event.

In addition to the banana products, patrons were also treated to a half-an-hour boat ride to the Bowden Wharf in the area, a Mini Miss Banana Festival Queen pageant, a football competition, a celebrity cook-off, various rides, and a concert featuring gospel artiste Joan Flemmings.