26th annual BNT Wine and Art Festival is here!

There’s a great opportunity to relieve post-hurricane stress this weekend – while helping a good cause – by enjoying fine wines and fine art courtesy of The Bahamas National Trust.

The 26th annual Wine & Art Festival will be held Friday and Saturday (October 28 and 29) at the Retreat Garden on Village Road. The event is a collaboration of the BNT and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Major sponsors include the Ministry of Tourism, Scotiabank, JetBlue, Bahamas Waste and Bristol Wines & Spirits.

Works by 45 local artists will be featured, including Lucas Kaighin (a 9th grader from Abaco), Stefan Davis of Airbrush Junkies, and Jamaal Rolle (the Celebrity Artist).

The NAGB is an exclusive visual arts partner for this event, ensuring the quality of work that will be featured. There will also be live art demonstrations.

Bristol will feature 56 different wines from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Italy, France and the United States.

“We are particularly delighted to introduce organic Sake wines to this year’s festival,” said Rhys Campbell, Bristol’s vice president of corporate affairs. “But all the offerings have been carefully curated to suit the Bahamian palate.”

Headquartered on Gladstone Road, Bristol is the leading purveyor of premium wines, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in the Bahamas, with 15 retail outlets around the country.

In addition to the art displays and wine tastings, there will be a special culinary demonstration by Chef Owen Bain of Cassava Grille. Nine food vendors will provide a range of ethnic dishes, and there will be continuous live music.

A new feature this year is “Wearable Art”, featuring expert work by Dappered Concepts (men’s accessories), Tiff (silk wear), LVC Custom Swimwear, Mega Mergers (accessories made from recycled materials), and fashion jewellery by Terniska Erskin, Carolyn Anderson, Peter Bradley, and Jennifer Bethel.

“JetBlue Airlines is the festival’s newest sponsor,” said organising committee co-chair Jillian Ferriera. “In addition to a financial contribution they have also donated airline vouchers for the annual raffle, which can be used to travel to any JetBlue destination. We look forward to future collaborations with JetBlue.”

Proceeds from the festival raffle will aid in the restoration of national parks impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Prizes include travel vouchers, gift certificates, works of art, and more.

The festival runs from 6-9pm on Friday for BNT members and guests, and from 12 noon to 9 pm on Saturday. Admission is  $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. (Young adults -12  to 17 – and children under 12 are $5).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Retreat on Village Road, at Bristol Wines and Spirits on Gladstone Road and Airbrush Junkies in the Mall at Marathon.

The BNT is a non-governmental, non-profit, membership organisation working to protect Bahamian natural resources by building a network of national parks and promoting environmental stewardship.