A family-friendly event with plenty of games and activities for kids and a showcase of local culture.
November 29, 2014 | For Immediate Release
We are in the final countdown for the 11th Annual Conch Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, November 29
at 3 Queens Bar & Restaurant in Blue Hills on Providenciales starting at 12noon.
The program is as follows:
12noon – Opening and Welcome by MC
12noon – 5:30pm – Conch tasting – winner to be determined by popular vote
12:30pm – Breezy Beach Dancers
1:00 pm – Music by local band
2:00 – Conch blowing competition
2:30 – Santa Arrives
3:00pm – Mojito Contest
3:45 – Conch knocking competition
4:30pm – Junk-a-noo rush
6:00pm – Announcement of winners, Rotary Pot of Gold drawing and special presentations
7:00pm – Junk-a-noo rush
7:30pm – Music by local band
(Schedule subject to change)
Tasting tickets cost $25 and allows you to taste the delicious recipes from each restaurant and then vote for your favourite as “Best in Show.” Last year’s winner, Hemingway’s, will be there to defend their title along with many more trying to unseat them this year. Your tasting ticket also allows you to taste and vote for our home kitchen contestants.
Our panel of judges including Erika Hammond a former WWE Diva, Dudley “Tal” Stokes founder of the Jamaican Bob Sled Team, journalists from Brazil, local judges as well a “mystery judge” who is a major US sports figure. This panel of judges will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. The best in show prize is determined by popular vote.
The festival venue will be secured by the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force with help from Platinum Security. Only those vehicles with VIP passes will be allowed to pass thru the Police barricades. Parking is available at the Bethany Baptist Church parking lot.
A shuttle van will be available to pick up and return guests from the hotels all day on Saturday for $10 per person round trip. Call 241-4465 for reservations.
NO BOTTLES or COOLERS, HARD OBJECTS – made of metal. wood or material constituting a hard object, NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND, or EXPLOSIVES will be allowed on festival grounds. This policy will be strictly enforced by the Police and Security. Any person found in violation of the above will be escorted off the premises by the Police and/or security.
The TCSPCA will be on hand selling their 2015 calendar and the Junior Achievement group, Island Treasures, will be selling pastries, candies, snow cones and cotton candy.
Sponsors so far this year include: InterCaribbean Airways – they will be on hand giving away a ticket every 2 hours to anywhere they fly – Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, The Wine Cellar, Amanyara Resort, Discover Card, Villa Del Mar, LIME, Graceway IGA, Beaches, Tropical Shipping, Alamo Car Rentals, The Rotary Club of Providenciales, Power 92.5 and Kiss 102.5 FM, The Turks and Caicos Weekly News, Magnetic Media and Tropical Vibes 105.5FM with more coming on board every day.
Follow us during the week on the radio on Power 92.5 and Kiss 102.5 FM and Tropical Vibes 102.5FM and through Magnetic Media.
More information on the Conch Festival can be found at www.conchfestival.com.
Contact Dick Bain, President 242 4553 or Joy MacKenzie, Secretary 241-4465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands –October 30, 2014 –Plans for the 11th Annual Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, are well underway with a weekend-full of activities on the tropical getaway of Providenciales, home to the World’s Best Beach. The popular beachside event attracts tourists and locals alike to celebrate the islands’ most famous delicacy, historical icon, and number one export…CONCH. The main event will take place on Saturday afternoon (November 29) in the charming Blue Hills area of Providenciales, outside of Three Queen’s Bar & Restaurant.
Friday, November 28: First Annual Calypso Kick-off event.
This year the weekend kicks off with a Calypso event. (More details will be available soon.)
Saturday, November 29: Eleventh Annual Conch Festival
The weekend kicks into high gear on Saturday, November 29 at Noon in the Blue Hills area. The marquee event is the ‘conch-etition’ which pits the island’s best chefs against each other in a hotly-contested tasting competition judged by a panel of experts as well as the Festival attendees. Categories include Best Conch Salad, Best Conch Chowder, Best Specialty Conch and Best in Show. More than 25 restaurants are expected to compete for the cash prizes and bragging rights this year. Tasting begins at Noon and runs until 5PM. . An entry fee of $25 gives Festival-goers a chance to sample all the dishes entered and cast a vote for Best in Show. In addition to the restaurants, the “Home Kitchen” event will take place simultaneously. Home cooks will have a chance to show off their favourite conch recipe and earn a chance to win a cash prize and more. A separate vote will be held in this category and best in show will again be decided by the general public. Home Kitchen participants will receive each receive $75 to help offset the cost of their ingredients. They are urged to bring a BIG pot of their conch recipe so everyone will get a chance to sample what they have prepared.
Major sponsors for this year’s festival so far are Amanyara, Wine Cellar, Villa Del Mar, the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Discover Card, Alamo Car Rentals and the TC Weekly News with more coming on board every week, plus a host of others lending their support.
Augmenting the always delectable restaurant competitors is the annual Mojito-making contest sponsored by Bacardi where the island’s best bartenders are on display with their creative twists on this classic Cuban cocktail. This year’s event also features the Turks and Caicos’ own world-renowned Junk-a-Noo, plus other local performers.
Special Conch Competitions for conch blowing and other conch related competitions will assure that chefs and bartenders are not the only ones who can win prizes. Plus the biggest prize of all will be the cash prize of $10,000 drawn at 5:30 on the day of the festival by the Rotary Club of Providenciales as part of its annual Pot-of-Gold raffle. Tickets are currently on sale from local Rotarians and at 3 Queens Bar and Restaurant and will be available on the day of the event. However, buying tickets early is highly encouraged because only a limited number are available.
Henry the Conch and a special appearance by Santa will also be on hand to pass out goodies to the kids. A special kids’ area will be set up with games, face painting and more.
The day’s events will culminate with an after party at Zani Bar featuring DJ music by TCI Most Wanted, DJ Shakes and Unstoppable and DJ Vernam dancing into the wee hours of the night. Admission will be: ladies $10, men $20. This is the ONLY Conch Festival sanctioned after party.
About the Conch Festival
The Conch Festival is a family-friendly event with plenty of games and activities for the kids, including kids games on the beach and a showcase of local culture. There will be games on the beach, and a visit from our mascot, Henry the Conch. In 2008 the Conch Festival donated part if its proceeds to help the fishermen of South Caicos recover after Hurricane Ike, in 2011 over $4300 was donated to Clement Howell High School for much needed equipment and supplies and the Conch Festival also supplies water for their sports day every year. A clean drinking water system for Oseta Jolly Primary School is being undertaken with the proceeds from lasts year.