Carriacou Corn festival 2022 a cultural gem

Carriacou Corn Festival

Plans are well on stream for the return of Carriacou’s premiere culinary event – the annual Carriacou Corn Festival.

The festival began in 2015 and was suspended for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there has been yawning for its return.

Known for growing a large quantity of corn, the island will again witness a wide variety of products prepared from corn, including coo-coo, cornbread, corn cake, conkie-‘paime”, corn porridge and corn kebabs.

The 2022 festival is again being organized under the theme, “Discover and Relish Corn’s Goodness”. Coordinators of this unique event Dexter Lendore and Dexter Leggard, noted that Corn Fest 2022 is again intended to inspire and encourage community togetherness while exploring the variety of corn-derived products.

Corn has been the predominant staple food enjoyed by ancestors and is a permanent feature of the islands’ traditional “Saraca”- smoked food.

Rolled coo-coo
Conkie or Paime

The day’s event will be held at the popular Foot Print Bar, close to the Lauriston Airport will also showcase several of Carriacou’s cultural traditions, including string band music and May Pole dancing. The venue, according to the organizers, with its turquoise water, easy access, adequate parking and spacious sandy grounds, is perfect for such an event.

Lendore and Leggard, who both have an extensive background and knowledge in the local culture and tourism landscape, are hoping that Corn Fest will continue to be an additional feature on the island’s cultural calendar.