October 28, 2016
Fine art from 45 artists, 55 premium wines from Bristol Wines & Spirits, culinary demonstrations, best in show art competition, Emanji Circus Arts performance, live music and exciting prizes up for grab in the annual raffle will be the order of the day at the Bahamas National Trust's 26th Annual Wine and Art Festival.
Wearable art, featuring work by Dappered Concepts (men's accessories), Tiff (silk wear), LVC Custom Swimwear, Mega Mergers (accessories made from recycled materials and fashion jewelry by Terniska Erskin, Carolyn Anderson, Peter Bradley and Jennifer Bethel will be new additions to the festival which will be held on Saturday 12 noon to 9 p.m. at The Retreat on Village Road.
Ninth grade student Lucas Kaighin out of Abaco, Stefan Davis of Airbrush Junkies and Jamaal Rolle the celebrity artist will also be featured. There will also be live art demonstrations.
This year the BNT collaborated with the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) as their exclusive visual arts partner and organizational and vetting body to ensure that the production and execution of artworks at this year's festival is stellar and continues to raise the bar for local production.
The NAGB was responsible for the selection of works and the general aesthetic layout of this year's booths along with categorization. To shake things up they introduced four new themes to the festival which draw on the history of major art movements that have influenced Bahamian art and its development -- Surrealism + Fantasy, SurrealismTropicalism, The Landscape and The Everyday.
The wines included in this year's extensive showcase are from the Bristol and Premier Cru portfolios. Patrons of this year's festival will get the opportunity to try four different Sakes from every major wine-producing region.
"Considering there is no other showcase like Wine & Art around town, it is the perfect opportunity for us to help nurture newer palates, but still appeal to the more experienced connoisseur," said Rhys Campbell, Bristol's vice-president of corporate affairs.
Campbell described the event as the catalyst for what the company hopes will become the go-to event for the inexperienced palate wanting to up their wine tasting and pairing profile.
"These types of events truly allow us the flexibility and fluidity to experience the varietals in the way intended by the winemakers. We will even go a step further in offering a sale the week immediately following the festival at our Gladstone Road, East Bay and Blake Road locations, to allow customers the opportunity to pick up where they left off," he said.
In addition to the art displays and wine tasting, there will be a culinary demonstration by chef Owen Bain of Cassava Grille. Nine food vendors will provide a range of ethnic dishes.
The BNT, Bristol Wines & Spirits along with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism, Scotiabank, JetBlue, and Bahamas Waste collaborated on the event.
In addition to financial contribution, JetBlue also donated airline vouchers to the annual raffle to travel to any JetBlue destination worldwide. Proceeds from the festival raffle that will also include gift certificates and artwork will aid in the restoration of national parks impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Festival admission is $30 in advance adults, $35 at the gate, $10 young adults (12-17) and $5 children under 12.
Advance tickets can be purchased at The Retreat on Village Road, Bristol Wines and Spirits, Gladstone Road and Airbrush Junkies at the Mall at Marathon.
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