The Caribbean is coming to the Riverfront

June 28, 2012 by  

Known for spicy foods, colorful attire, and lively music such as calypso, reggae, soca, and compas, the Caribbean culture is said to be a conglomeration of the cultural influences and traditions of several European countries. Every year, people from all over the world put the Caribbean at the top of their list of dream vacations. For the past 6 years, however, residents of Middletown have only had to make a 17-mile northern commute, on I-91 to experience the flavor of the islands.

This year, on August 4, the 7th Annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival will convene at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Lasting from 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, the celebration is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. Being one of the area’s premier cultural experiences, the upper and lower areas of the Plaza are going to be transformed into a Caribbean-like village.

The event is going to be one that can be enjoyed by the entire family. There will even be a location where activities specifically geared towards kids will take place. In order for participants to truly “taste” the culture, authentic Caribbean food will be available for sampling. To advertise their wares in a highly visible and festive manner, food, marketing, and merchandise vendors may have banner printing carried out.

To the rhythm and tunes of island music, participants will have the chance to receive free salsa, merengue, and calypso dance lessons. They will also be able to appreciate the spectacular costumes of those that make up the Caribbean carnival.

In case of rain, the event will be postponed to August 5.