There are a lot of activities to look forward to in Dominica and the various village feasts and festivals that take place are some of the big contenders. Occurring annually, these events are as diverse and unique as the various villages and people that host them. It’s a time when the whole community comes together as one to eat, drink and have a good time-and of course everyone on the island is invited to have a piece of the action!

The event closest around the corner and commencing this weekend, (May 4th to 7th) is none other than Pork Fest, organized by the BaFonPointe Development Committee being held at the Bagatelle playing field.BaFonPointe is a very long word for Bagatelle, Fond St. Jean and Pointe Carib; these are all wonderful villages (or hamlets if you may) located on the South-Eastern part of Dominica where the air is refreshing, the women extremely beautiful and the people warm, welcoming and friendly.

As the name implies, Pork Fest is a culinary festival of pork with the meat being prepared in all sorts of methods imaginable and in some ways that you perhaps never thought possible. Get ready for your taste buds to be pleasantly surprised. There are a number of stalls available to patronize-each having their own unique pork dishes, along with side orders and drinks to choose from.

Generally new to the scene of village festivals, Pork Fest is only on its fifth year but every year it is getting bigger and better and is surely not an event to miss out on-especially for the food enthusiasts.

Last year I attended and was very impressed by the abundance of food, quality of music, and the inclusion of an art exhibition at the festival – it brought some ambiance to the atmosphere, and for a second i imagined that I was at some art museum in Paris or Rome…until I was awakened by a drunken man who was pointing at one of the paintings and giggled while throwing back a glass of rum.

So…now that you know all about Pork Fest…are you going to be there? Look out for Zahfeh…I will be at the spot with some ribs and fries in one hand, a beer in the other and a big grin on my face.

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