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BVI: Festival Schedule 2011

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Barbados: Food & Wine and Rum Festival

Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival

Photo: Barbados Tourism

Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival

Photo: Barbados Tourism

Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival

Photo: Barbados Tourism

Save the date! The 2nd Annual Food & Wine and Rum Festival is fast approaching. This year’s festivities will take place November 18-21, 2011.

View more photos from last year’s event here. Be sure to visit the official site for more information.


Rumored Bond Girl Naomie Harris Trades Blockbusters for ‘First Grader’

Naomie Harris at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball 2011 at Camden Roundhouse. (June 15, 2011)

*Naomie Harris, currently rumored to be considered as the next Bond girl, says she prefers working on small films because big movies make her feel like a ”very small cog in a big wheel.”

The actress has starred in a string of blockbuster films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Miami Vice.” She’s also confirmed recently she’s in talks for the next 007 flick “Bond 23.”

But the English actress says she finds intimate sets like her current film “The First Grader” more rewarding. (See trailer below.)

“I’d done the big Hollywood thing and it was great, but it’s such a different experience working on a big movie. You feel like a very small cog in a big wheel, whereas when you do a small movie, you’re a small band,” she tells WENN. “There were nine of us who went out of England to Kenya to do ‘The First Grader.’ So you feel really included, you feel like a family. You feel you can contribute to the script. In all areas, you’re hands on.”

Jane (Naomie Harris) and Maruge (Oliver Litondo) in “The First Grader”

“The First Grader” tells the true story of the oldest primary school student in Kenya.

In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.  He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life.  He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

Naomie plays his teacher, Jane.


Prodigy X Photography (BVI) : St. John Festival Pics

Mango Melee: Takes Over Botanical Gardens Sunday

Mango Melee is always a big, big event, but this year it’ll also be small. Maybe even tiny.

The annual celebration of the Caribbean’s iconic fruit, Mango Melee will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the St. George Botanical Garden. The event includes cooking competitions, plant identification contests, the ever-popular mango eating contest, and this year organizers are trying a new contest – the Mega Mini Mango Contest.

People can bring their biggest or the smallest full, mature mango to enter in the contest. Winning mangos will be judged by weight.

The new competition is part of the sponsors’ efforts to make the event “bigger and better” every year, according to David Hamada, director of the botanical gardens.

Each year the Melee has a “featured fruit” that shares the spotlight with mangos. This year it’s pineapples, Hamada said. Different varieties of the hundreds of locally grown pineapple types will be available for comparison.

The Mango Dis, Mango Dat contest offers mango cooking competition in four food categories for both professionals and amateurs. The registration deadline is Thursday.

Judging for Mango Dis, Mango Dat will begin about 1 p.m. Sunday, and winners are scheduled to be announced at 1:30 p.m.

Regstration for the mango-eating competition will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the contests will begin at 5 p.m. There will be openings for 10 children, who are required to eat five mangos as fast as they can, and five for adults, who eat 10.

The day also includes educational workshops, tasting of mango and tropical fruits, garden tours, food and craft vendors, farmers, nursery sales, a fruit auction, mango and tropical fruit display, and live entertainment by DJ Swain and the Superior Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra.

V.I. Sea Trans will offer ferry service to and from St. Thomas for the event. A Mango Melee ferry will leave St. Thomas at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and sail to the Frederiksted pier, rather than Christiansted. The ferry departs from Frederiksted for the return trip to St. Thomas at 6:15 p.m.

More information on Mango Melee can be obtained by calling 340-692-2874. opportunities are available.


Author: John Baur