Over 330 exhibitors expected for Agrofest 2017

Agrofest 2017 promises to have an excellent line-up of activities once again, according to Event Coordinator, Theodore Fraser.

The event will feature the popular livestock shows and competitions, dog shows, and the very best of Crop Over 2016 in concert, a Gospel Concert featuring the local performers and some of the top talents at the school levels – and again the February 24 - 26 event will have traditional Barbadian games and activities. 

Into its 13th year the annual exhibition will take place in the historic Queen’s Park. 

According to Mr Fraser, “Exhibits will range from new initiatives in the agriculture sector to general finance and other services across the economic and social landscapes of Barbados.”

He says registration for the exhibition is expected to grow slightly over the 330 mark set last year with interest for participation also coming from outside of Barbados. 

Fraser told Loop News that the Agrofest edition of the Junior Duelling Challenge will once again be held with other live cooking demonstrations on site.

“The theme for this year’s event is “Agriculture – 50 Years and Beyond” and this year, Agrofest will be heightening the important role agriculture played in building our country through the years of our independence and also the contribution we expect it to make in the future.  It goes without saying that Agrofest as an exhibition proves and will continue to demonstrate that agriculture in Barbados is very much alive and vibrant,” Fraser said.

Organisers are preparing for a workshop for farmers taking part in the livestock show and competitions on Saturday January 14, 2017 at the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) Headquarters.

Following this activity, the Agrofest Secretariat will be hosting a food vendor’s workshop on January 19, 2017, at the Dining Club in Newton Christ Church, for all persons who will be vending or exhibiting any food-related items at Agrofest 2017. 

Fraser said the workshop is not only for persons selling “traditional food”, but individuals and companies who are also sampling items that are consumed, persons involved in sale or exhibiting snacks, sno-cones, fruits and vegetable vendors who will be cutting produce for sale or sample, and drinks only bars.