Carli Bay Fish Fest aimed at boosting domestic tourism
Foodies and fish lovers can look out for the 2nd Annual Carli Bay Fish Fest which is scheduled to take place at the Carli Bay Fishing Facility on June 29.
The festival, which is is being put on by the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPCC), along with the Couva Tabaquite Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) and Carli Bay Fishing Association, will commemorate St. Peter’s Day.
It will begin with the blessing of the boats and fishermen, followed by a street parade from Chin's Supermarket (Perseverance Village Couva), and end with a formal programme from 4 pm.
According to CTTRC Chairman Henry Awong the Carli Bay Fish Fest is a Local Economic Development (LED) initiative aimed at boosting domestic tourism.
“In order to boost international tourism you have to first upgrade the domestic tourism product,” Awong told Tourism Talk.
“The event will not showcase fishermen and local cooks, but it is also an income generator for all those involved, including service providers and entertainers.”
Carli Bay village is an unassuming foreign exchange generator due to an unlikely source, the cutlassfish.
The University of the West Indies online guide to animals in Trinidad and Tobago said the predatory fish, also known as the largehead hairtail, is plain silver in colour with a band-like body, that is elongated and compressed.
It is regarded as a delicacy which also has medicinal properties.
Of course the cutlassfish will be one of the days main feature, along with other unique and local fish dishes like warap (rice cooked with fish), fish broth, oyster accra and herring tea. In addition, there will be booths featuring locally grown products including the famous Moruga Hill Rice.
Just last week the event received a timely injection of $100,000 from the Proman Group which operates in the Point Lisas Industrial Estate.
The cheque was handed over to the Carli Bay Fishing Association at the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce facilities on Camden Road.
Collis Williams, a manager at Proman said the company plans to share what it can with fenceline communities and take an active role in upcoming events.