Celebrating coconuts at Pedro Castle

Allen Hurlstone and Vernon Lester Ebanks show off some fresh coconuts at Pedro Castle.

Pedro Castle will be going nuts for coconuts on Feb. 20.

The Savannah historic site will be the setting for Coco Fest, a coconut festival happening in partnership with Tamer Soliman and Rob Tyler, the team behind the documentary “Bright Spot,” which examines the traditional role of coconuts in Cayman.

Coco Fest will be on the grounds of historic Pedro Castle.
Coco Fest will be on the grounds of historic Pedro Castle.

Mr. Soliman, a nutritionist, noted that the Cayman coconut is a bountiful food source with legendary properties, and was once a traditional staple in the Caymanian diet.

Organizers say the event, which runs from noon until 4 p.m., will offer a fun-packed day for all the family with lots of activities and will celebrate the Cayman coconut and its ties to Cayman culture and heritage.

Coco Fest is also aimed at supporting a growing local coconut industry, giving local vendors the opportunity to showcase their products.

Producers of food, drinks, beauty products, crafts and games made from coconuts will all be on site, displaying their wares.

The documentary “Bright Spot” will also be showing from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the theater. The organizers note the event also aimed at remembering a time when the local coconut industry was very important.

The celebrations are warmly welcomed by the CEO of the Tourism Attraction Board, Gilbert Connolly.

“We are very pleased to be hosting this cultural event at Pedro Castle and are enthusiastic for the opportunities it will bring to the Cayman community,” he said.

Admission for adults is $5 and kids under 12 are free.

For more information, contact Debbie Bodden on 947-3329, email [email protected] or Shayma Hamdi on 949-6999, email [email protected]

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