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Grand Bahama will host its first food truck festival on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Taino Beach, featuring various vendors offering their products for sale. Event coordinators made the announcement Thursday during a press conference at Taino Beach. Pictured are, from left, Corey Cartwright, LUSCO; Samantha Outten, Grand Bahama Wines and Spirits; Joel Lewis, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Grand Bahama; Imani Roberts, Strategic Projects Coordinator for the Family Islands, Aliv; Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in Freeport; and Jillian Williams, Brand Representative, Grand Bahama Island Promotion Board.

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – Grand Bahama will host its first Food Truck Festival at Taino Beach on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., event coordinators announced Thursday, June 6, during a press conference at the festival site.

Grand Bahama will host its first food truck festival on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Taino Beach, featuring various vendors offering their products for sale. Event coordinators made the announcement Thursday during a press conference at Taino Beach. Pictured are, from left, Corey Cartwright, LUSCO; Samantha Outten, Grand Bahama Wines and Spirits; Joel Lewis, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Grand Bahama; Imani Roberts, Strategic Projects Coordinator for the Family Islands, Aliv; Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in Freeport; and Jillian Williams, Brand Representative, Grand Bahama Island Promotion Board.

The Minister for Grand Bahama was represented by the Honourable Ginger Moxey by Joel Lewis, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Grand Bahama. Speaking on behalf of the Minister, he said that given the increasing popularity of the food truck industry, the Ministry for Grand Bahama is excited about the upcoming Food Truck Festival and is “eagerly anticipating it”.

“The Ministry of Grand Bahama is committed to promoting new events on our beautiful island.” This, he continued, is in line with the island’s goal of becoming a home for events and entertainment.

Mr Lewis described the food truck festival as a “paradigm shift” in the country’s food culture. “We have noticed this trend around the world and are excited to see it now being embraced by the people of Grand Bahama.”
Nuvolari Chotoosingh, director general of the Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in Freeport, described the upcoming event as “fantastic” and said it came about because the Ministry of Tourism had received several requests from food truck vendors who wanted to participate in the annual Goombay Festival.

He said: “But for us, it didn’t bode well to display them along with the tents in the park, so we decided to do something else for the food truck vendors.”

After visiting several food trucks and doing taste tests, we were convinced of the good food and decided to dedicate a separate event to them – hence the name Food Truck Festival.

Once this was decided, partners such as the Grand Bahama Power Company, the Grand Bahama Island Promotion Board, the Ministry of Grand Bahama, Aliv and many others were contacted regarding their participation and collaboration.

There will be a variety of food trucks on site selling Bahamian food, sushi, ice cream and other products. Combined with existing stalls, games and entertainment from DJs and the Royal Bahamas Police Force pop band, “it promises to be a fantastic event.”

To ensure safety standards, providers have been reviewed by the relevant authorities to ensure they meet the criteria.

Mr Chotoosingh said: “We hope that after this event, people will go back to the food truck vendors after seeing how good the food actually is.”

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