Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
The Port Royal Seafood Festival was the event to attend on Heroes Day. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, patrons were tantalised by lobster, shrimp and fish cooked in a variety of styles.
As the day progressed and more patrons streamed into the venue, many flocked to the celebrity chefs' booth where Senior Superintendent of Police Radcliffe Lewis, TVJ's Nadine McLeod, talk-show host Susan and Olympic sprinter Warren Weir were all whipping up delicacies.
It was McLeod's dish that earned the nod from the judges and saw her walking away with the coveted first place prize.
Lewis was second, Susan third, and Weir fourth.
Patrons were also kept busy with an array of fun activities, including a kiddie's slide, bounce-a-bout, merry-go-round and other rides.
Gospel artiste Omari started the performances with hits including Why, Help and Jehovah Guide Me. Fellow gospel artiste Ryan Mark also visited the stage for a praise-filled performance of God Have Mi Back and Right With You.
'The Sax Man', Verlando Small, winner of this year's Digicel Rising Stars, was next and definitely proved why he came up trumps in that competition.
Renditions of Part Time Lover, I'm Coming and Cheerleader were hits with patrons. Small also kicked up his performance a notch when he invited a young lady on stage and serenaded her with Lionel Richie's Hello.
Fresh off a Venezuelan tour, the hilarious Granny had fans squealing with delight as she showcased the latest dance moves, including the Muscle Wine and One Drop.
But after the laughter Granny elicited, it was time for the St Mary native artiste Teflon, to 'bun a fire'. His short-but-lively set was well received by the audience.
The Money Goddess, Macka Diamond, was next and she showcased her dancing skills with songs such as Hoola Hoop and Cowfoot. Proclaiming 'Mi a champion round 'ere', it was arguably her biggest single to date, Dye Dye, which had the audience in a frenzy. To top it off, Macka also performed the Spanish version of the song.
The introduction to One Drop had barely begun when females of all ages could be seen gyrating in the audience. QQ, who was coming to the end of his set, had to 'pull it up' several times to satisfy the excited fans.
But while all entertainers before delivered good sets, the night belonged to Romain Virgo and I-Octane.
Virgo's set, which included Rich in Love, System, Can't Sleep and Taking You Home, had patrons screaming for more.
Inviting fellow artiste D Major to the stage, fans got more than they bargained for with songs such as Real Friend, Party Like Its Your Birthday and Real Know Real.
Virgo continued his set with Beautiful and When A Woman Loves before ending with When Will I See You Again.
I-Octane delivered a blazing performance with some of the hottest songs. Moving from the stage and on to the speakers so he could be closer to the audience, it was a militant I-Octane who stamped his energy on the crowd.
Burn Dem Bridge, My Life, Study Yuh Fren and Lose A Friend had audience members wanting more.
The energy level in the crowd increased when he reeled off Badmind Dem A Pree and Buss A Blank, which generated solid responses from the audience.