– Eleuthera’s Pineapple Fest –
Whether your idea of fun means having a fruit cocktail overlooking a beautiful harbour or jumping into the ocean in a tri suit to swim for your life, Eleuthera is the place to be in The Bahamas in early June for fruity, family fun.
Pineapple Fest, set in the idyllic harbourside village of Gregory Town, celebrates the serious role that this delicious fruit once played in the economic life of the island of the island, which at one time exported as many as 50,000 pineapples a year.
Today pineapples are still grown on the island – some of the most delicious you’ll find anywhere – but it’s the energy and events that make up this popular festival which you’re more likely to come to associate with Eleuthera these days.
Often attracting over 5,000 visitors, Pineapple Fest runs for several days and incorporates Pineapple-themed pageants, parades, marching bands, pineapple-eating contests, tours of local pineapple farms, and a Junkanoo rush-out, the colourful street carnival which forms a major part of the cultural life of The Bahamas. For foodies, be sure to try Bahamian favourites like Conch Salad with a pineapple twist while you’re at the fest.
Sporty types can indulge in the Pineappleman Triathlon, run by local resident Tom Glucksmann, during the festival. The sprint distance event involves a swim through the beautiful Gregory Town harbour, a cycle out to the legendary Glass Window Bridge – where the turquoise Caribbean sea meets the royal blue Atlantic ocean – and a run that will have you cheered on by Gregory Town residents along the way. Just beware of the epic hills!