Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The much-anticipated 12th staging of the annual Busta/4-H Nyammins & Jammins Food Festival, a premier attraction in western Jamaica, is set to unfold at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay on Saturday, December 15.
As it has done in the past, the festival is set to provide a wholesome family-entertainment package. It will feature more than 50 presentation booths displaying a variety of items, including food, art, and craft, which are produced by 4-H clubbites.
As is now customary, the day's highlight is expected to be the major concert, featuring gospel, pop, and reggae artistes. This year's line-up is headed by Romaine Virgo, a former 'Digicel Rising Stars' winner; dynamic female dancehall sensation Tifa; and the undisputed king of rocksteady, Ken Boothe.
Winston Ritchie, chairman of the St James 4-H Advisory Council, the organisers of the annual event, said as a consequence of bad weather that has plagued them over the years, the event was switched from the customary National Heroes' Day in October.
"We had to change the date because we could not afford another rained-out event - not for our concessionaires, not for our patrons and not for our scholarship recipients, who depend on the success of the event to assist with their further education," said Ritchie.
Interestingly, for the first time in recent memory, there was no rain in Montego Bay on National Heroes Day. It was a rather pleasant day, and with no other event taking place in the city that day, many believe that had the date not been changed, the event would have attracted a bumper crowd.
In addition to the concert, the crowning of the 2012 4-H king and queen should be one of the stellar attractions as the contestants - students who are part of the 4-H Club - should once again be matching wits, talent, and their understanding of the movement.
In expressing his appreciation to the sponsors, who have been assisting in the staging of the event over the years, Ritchie lauded organisations like three-year sponsor Busta, CVM-TV, Hot 102 FM, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, and Supreme Ventures Limited.
"We absolutely could not do this without their support, and so we laud them for their contribution," said Ritchie. "This event is towards nation building and as such, we would welcome any other sponsor who would like to assist us at this time."