Cashew Fest in Crooked Tree celebrates “magic fruit”
Cashew Festival (Crooked Tree)
Sunday, May 18, 2014.AARON HUMES Reporting: The 29th Annual Cashew Festival and Agricultural Show took place this weekend in the village of Crooked Tree off the Philip Goldson Highway in the Belize District.
The festival was started by villagers in 1985 as a response to the banning of fishing, forestry and other practices by the Audubon Society which they said affected the nearby Wildlife Sanctuary and Crooked Tree Lagoon.
The cashew trees bloom from March to June and have become a trusted source of income, mainly because of its adaptability.
In addition to the cashew seeds themselves, products made from cashew for sale include pastries like buns, cakes and pies; wine, vinegar and syrup, among others.
Displays of these products as well as other agricultural produce lined the edges of the village fairground and basketball court where official ceremonies took place on Saturday.
On Friday there was a pageant to select the ‘Cashew Queen’, 9 year old Kiara Tillett. Activities continue through Sunday with entertainment from the Youth Connection Band and Lemonal musician Gliksten Bennett.
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