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Thursday, December 12, 2013
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It appears that every weekend, from the weekend past to C2K14, will be packed with non-stop entertainment and cultural activity. Last weekend was frenetic, beginning with Saturday’s Tongs on Fire and premiere of Pan is Beautiful XII. Tongs on Fire was a culinary competition among clubs and specially invited chefs, held by Malvern Sports Club at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua.
Threatened from noon by very inclement weather, complete with copious servings of lightning, thunder and torrential rainfall, the organisers managed to have a most enjoyable event.
Venture Credit Union (VCU) cleaned up the day, running away with the top prizes in the Chicken and Pork Rib categories, also the Best Decorated Tent. VCU was a lively bunch, exuding all the enthusiasm in the world, bringing “sunshine” to proceedings. Queen’s Royal College, renamed by sponsor The Blue Waters Crew, copped the Exotic category with its pork shoulder offering.
Despite the joie d’vivre of the VCU team, D’ Pork Cabal won the Most Energetic Team award, as its members talked off the ears of patrons, singing and dancing all through their barbecuing experience.
Hog Up De Place, with Miss Piggy’s Oriental Express Ribs, easily won the People’s Choice Award as they had the public on their side throughout the afternoon.
Other crowd-pleasers included the roasted whole pig by “guest” chef Selwyn Tom Pack, and Republic Bank Exodus steelband, led by manager Ainsworth Mohammed, as a welcome surprise participant; Mohammed “boasting” of his team’s barbecue pork and chicken.
Hyatt Kings of The Grill also pleased with a fine presentation, and a delicious flank steak.
Opening overcast and drizzling, rain and rain, and even more rain came; thunder rolled, lightning flashed, and hockey players on the field scampered for safety, but, all of this neither dampened or affected the enthusiasm of organisers or competing teams as they came to the venue of one fixed mind, to have a good time.
The barbecue teams continued on with their pits on fire and, with tongs in hand, letting their “hearts of gold” battle and overcome the formidable weather for a worthy cause.
With the aroma of chicken, ribs, pork, fish, beef and pig tail wafting in the air, Tongs on Fire was a success story; a real barbecue foodies treat.
With the weather improving significantly as the afternoon progressed all roads led to the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, for the commencement of Pan is Beautiful XII, the biennial steelband music festival, staged by Pan Trinbago, under the patronage of President Anthony Carmona. The event, which was poorly attended, not unusual anytime an admission fee is affixed to a steelband event outside of Carnival, featured competition between pan soloists and ensembles.
Sunday night, finalists in the solo and ensemble categories of Pan is Beautiful XII were announced. The finals will be held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port-of-Spain, on November 8. Other finals include Single Pan (November 10), also at NAPA, and Conventional Orchestras (November 16), at Jean Pierre Complex.
The pan competition has a break this weekend, with the preliminary round of competition for Conventional Orchestras, also at the Savannah, on October 19 - 20. There is more live pan action though as the QRC Foundation is staging its Pan Royale tomorrow evening at courtyard, St Clair, at 7 pm. Steel orchestras in the spotlight include Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, bpTT Renegades, Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars and Witco Desperadoes. The foundation is also staging its 2013 Pan Challenge, at 5 pm on October 27, at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.
Other entertainment billed for this weekend begins tomorrow morning at 9 am, when the T&T Association of Responsible People (TTARP) holds its Family Fiesta at the Savannah. Also on tomorrow are Fatima Old Boys’ Association’s annual cookout at 7 pm; Yorke Inc’s annual Clash of the Titans at Pier 1, Chaguaramas, and the Lady in Black retro party being held by Victoria’s & The Good Men Crew, at De Nu Pub (The Mas Camp), Woodbrook.
Not to be left out of this weekend’s mix, Legacy is launching its C2K14 presentation, Natures Touch....A Tribute to Brian MacFarlane, at Club Zen, Keate Street, Port-of-Spain. During the day on Sunday, the Chinese Bicentennial Limited (CBL) is holding annual all day Dragon Boat Festival, from 8 am, at the western end of Chagville (next to the Military Museum), Chaguaramas; The Tobago Blue Food Festival kicks off from 11 am, at Bloody Bay, Tobago; and Rosalind Gabriel is launching Follette Eustace’s Colour My Culture, for C2K14, at her band’s mas camp, 26 O’Connor Street, Woodbrook, from 4.30 pm.
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