February is here and as we look forward to the weekend that kicks off a marathon month of Fetes, lets look back at our January fete review round up. Hakwai Clan City Cooler Fete First fete of the Carnival 2017 season and we could not have been more happy to support the Hakwai Clan family as they undertook the task of their first event held for Carnival. The show of support from the many who turned out to join the Hakwai Clan’s revolution is a testament to not only the power of this brand but also what we foresee as longevity in securing their place as the premier event of Carnival in future. What we loved : For a first time event going up against TRIBE Ice, the turn out was amazing . With a crowd filled of youthful vigor , and easy on the eyes, they surely walked with their vibes along with stocked coolers. City was just the perfect start to the fete season, a good balance of performances with DJ’s who a made us fall love with Full Extreme. The energy was palpable and we left in the wee hours of the morning pumped for another fete. Actionable Advice : The DJ cast can be expanded for 2018 to include some of the more popular favourites that we have come to know and love (I will not call names). Saucy Score : 7/10 Iup Cooler Wet Fete From the very first year that we have been attending Iup the experience just keeps getting better and better and I had a fantastic time the first year, clearly the price is not the only thing that has remained standard at the core. What we loved : Being drenched in water as the sun comes up when your favourite performers are on stage; an experience you only have to be there to understand; Ultimate Rejects gave a pore raising epic performance with encore after encore that still left the crowd wanting more. Actionable Advice : The popularity of Iup has now surpassed the venue, for 2018 I believe a bigger space is in order. Saucy Score : 9.5/10 Evolve All Inclusive This year was our first experience at Evolve, an all inclusive event hosted by Presentation College Chaguanus . Priced as one of the more affordable all inclusive fetes of the season at $650.00 TT , all proceeds were in aid of building an international grade indoor sporting complex for the school, which would be able to host international netball, tennis and cricket tournaments among other sporting events. Value for money this was a solid fete which boasted an impressive list of performers and an impressive array of drinks. What we loved : The ladies pamper station with resting lounge was a welcome retreat, and the limitless prosecco bar was a pleasantly unexpected surprise at an all inclusive at this price point . Actionable Advice: Although there was variety in the food on offer ( fettuccine Alfredo, roti, bake and shark, souse, ribs, cassava dumplings, oil down among others ) and it was indeed tasty, I would have liked a bit more “diet” friendly options, somehow I never found the vegetable kebabs but I did find the shrimp roti ! Saucy Score : 7/10 Bishops All Inclusive As school fetes go Bishops is high on the list for many and holds a special place in the hearts of alumni as evidence by the appearance of the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley along with his wife and daughters who attended the school. How often do you get to fete with the leader of our nation? What we loved : The atmosphere and feeling of community at Bishops, in addition to good food with a strong local slant makes this laid back fete a perfect fete as a family outing, my mother for instance would certainly enjoy this fete. Actionable Advice: I may have missed it but where was the infamous “horse” on the menu this year? This unusual menu item is one of the main attractions that patrons look forward to each year.
Saucy Score : 7/10 UWI Fete All Inclusive Owing to the short Carnival season in 2016 I missed out on what was the last UWI Fete before the event management was taken over by Caesar’s Army for 2017. I must say based on comparison to previous years this has been hands down my best UWI Fete experience ever! What we loved: The new layout was a welcome change. Moving the stage to a shaded area proved a welcome relief from the sweltering heat that usually comes when an event starts at midday in the Caribbean. I have suffered many a humid day at UWI Fete in the past, this year it was with comfort and cool that I was able to navigate the entire area without feeling like I was melting into a puddle of sweat . In addition, the decor for the theme of Wanderlust was on point at all the food stations, the various destination collages were perfectly executed . Finally, the food! UWI fete never disappoints with the food on offer. This year there was even more to choose from as we were treated to a culinary tour of 6 destinations and all the local delicacies that we love. The day ended with my first taste of Machel Montano’s performance for Carnival 2017 and as always he never disappoints. UWI Fete ticked all the boxes for an awesome fete experience.