FOOD AND FUN
‘People come together from all over’
‘People come together from all over’ for Whitney Pier’s Caribbean Festival.
It was another successful Caribbean Festival at St. Philip’s African Orthodox Church on Monday, bringing families together for good food and family fun.
The festival is the only fundraiser for the church and organizers hope to raise enough to cover operational and maintenance costs for the year.
Rev. Mother Phyllis Marsh was happy with the turnout and said it looked to be on par with attendance in past years.
“We had people come from away for this. They came from East Preston, Halifax and Toronto. That made it even more exciting for me,” she said.
Annabel Provo, Marsh’s sister-in-law, travelled from East Preston and volunteered at the event.
“It’s awesome. People come together from all over. The food is really good. It takes a lot of teamwork to do this event,” Provo said.
Shawn Dilney, who lives in Whitney Pier, called the event a good meeting place for people when they come home in the summer to visit.
“It’s a good place for everyone to meet when they come home. It’s a meeting place and a festival,” she said.
Playing the music during the daytime portion of the event was Whitney MacEachern. She said she keeps coming back because of the people.
“The community is just wonderful; beautiful, beautiful
“The community is just wonderful; beautiful, beautiful people. That is what I’ve come to learn about the people of St. Philip’s church.” Shawn Dilney, Whitney Pier
people. That is what I’ve come to learn about the people of St. Philip’s church. They are beautiful, wonderful, open-armed people,” she said.
Another big attraction was the food, which included homemade Jamaican patties and chicken, rice and bean dinners.
Judy Best, who moved to Whitney Pier in 1994, was there with her four-year-old granddaughter Kyrah Haddad.
“A lot of kids have a lot of fun because there’s lots for them to do. The food is very good, too, and there’s lots of variety,” she said.
Gary Lawrence was there with his family and friends. He said the event brings good food and family fun together.
“The kids can come and play the games. We can listen to good music and have fun.”
People enjoy games of chance at the 32nd annual Caribbean Festival put on by St. Philip’s African Orthodox Church on Monday.
Judy Best sits with her four-year-old granddaughter Kyrah Haddad.
Maelynn Lawrence, 3, from left, stands with her cousin Mila, 5, and her aunt Shawn Dilney.