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Crab Fest Attracts Thousands To Andros Island, The Bahamas

Over 10,000 people traveled to the largest island of The Bahamas recently for the much anticipated Land Crab Fest. Bahamians from all across the archipelago and visitors from China, Greece, Belgium, England and the United States called on Central Andros for what officials say is the most exciting culinary experience in The Bahamas and perhaps the entire Caribbean.

Over 17 years ago, the Central Andros community looked for an economic boost. Through their efforts, the local government partnered with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to create this cultural-heritage festival. The event started with two to three vendors serving a few crab dishes to what has now become the largest cultural-heritage festival of The Bahamas. 

Crab catchers, the best chefs and various vendors from North, South and Central Andros (including other islands of The Bahamas) entice festival attendees to taste their delectable crab creations that make up a huge assortment of unique dishes including: 

  • crab n’ dough
  • stuffed crab
  • crab n’ rice 
  • curried crab
  • crab souse
  • crab fritters
  • crab salad
  • garlic crab

There were 12 hours of non-stop Bahamian music, including Elon Moxey as the Androsian headliner.

Other Bahamian performers included:

  • Lassie Doe & The Boys
  • D-Mac
  • Veronica Bishop
  • Ra Pa Pum Pum
  • Lavant Pratt
  • the Mighty Pencil
  • Ira Storr & The Spank Band

The crowd danced the night away to sweet sounds of rake n’ scrape and Junkanoo music from the Valley Boys Junkanoo Showtime Group as well.

Other events held during the fest also included:

  • a watermelon-eating contest
  • “keep what you catch” crab competition
  • heritage games

Québec in Hollywood: Something New in LA

Québec in Hollywood runs September 9 - 25, 2011 at the Kodak and Egyptiaquebec-LA-cirque-soleil-2n Theatres in Hollywood and the El Rey Theatre and other venues around Los Angeles, California.

Québec is home to well-established entertainment icons such as Céline Dion, Leonard Cohen and Cirque du Soleil. But in addition, Québec can boast producing some of the most progressive, exciting new talent emerging today, such as this year’s Grammy Award winner Arcade Fire, 2011 Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve and pop punk band Simple Plan.

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Bastille Day 2011 in NYC

In a spirit of thanks over two centuries long, the US is only too happy  -- well, yes, for bdny-FRFlaganother chance to party -- but especially to celebrate in solidarity with a fellow Revolutionary for Democracy.

And who better to launch the festivities than French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), with their annual Bastille Day on 60th Street:

"Bonjour, New York!

On Sunday, July 10, 2011, New Yorkers celebrate French culture at NYC’s annual three-block fête on 60th Street from 12-5pm.

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2011 New York Times Travel Show

The eighth annual New York Times Travel Show, to be held Feb. 25 to 27, 2011, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York NYT Travel ShowCity is really two show wrapped up in one. On the first day, Friday, it is an event for professionals from travel writers to travel management companies.

The 2011 Travel Show will begin with a trade day for industry professionals on Feb. 25, offering targeted conferences about Africa, the Caribbean, cruising and travel media. The exhibit hall will also be open for exclusive viewing by travel trade professionals, followed by an industry reception on the exhibit floor.

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