Festival Food Fair Opens To the Delight of Residents and Event-goers

A colorful selection of local jams, jellies and sauces were available from vendor Sonia Sprauve, above.

Crowds braved a few showers on Sunday afternoon, June 26, in order to enjoy the bounty of Food Fair and Coronation for “An Astronomical and Cultural Splendor in Heaven for Festival 2011.”

Food Fair honoree Joyce Sprauve thanked the crowd and encouraged everyone to try her famous whelks and mango tarts. Lieutenant Governor Greg Francis and his wife Cheryl were on island for the festivities.

While Cruz Bay’s Frank Powell Park remains closed for renovations, the Food Fair was hosted this year along the waterfront and in the street in front of the Post Office, both of which were closed to traffic.

The Love City Pan Dragons kept the crowd entertained, while local delicacies like conch in butter sauce, stew chicken, and pates were dished up for fair-goers.

Emcee Alecia Wells kept the program running smoothly as recently-elected St. John Festival Princess 2011 Ashyria Kelly was crowned with the help of 2010 Princess Destini Garcia and Cheryl Francis.

Francis also helped 2010 St. John Festival Queen Shante Monsanto Weeks place a towering crown on 2011 Festival Queen Kinia Blyden.

Kelly joined Lt. Gov. Francis and Blyden in cutting a red ribbon to officially open Food Fair 2011!

The Love City Pan Dragon’s entertained the crowd during Food Fair 2011, above, as festival vendors chatted to event-goers, below, about local herbs, plants and sauces.

Lt. Governor Greg Francis and his wife Cheryl, far right and far left, joined festival royalty and honoree Joyce Sprauve.