MONTEGO BAY, St James — The third staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival will be held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay on Ash Wednesday, February 18.
Organisers of the one-day festival are hoping to raise $10 million from the event, which will go towards the We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital Foundation to purchase a Bronchoscopy machine valued at US$45,000.
Rainforest Seafoods General Manager Ernest Grant said that this year’s show will be special with an outstanding fare and legendary music.
We Care is a non-profit, philanthropic organisation dedicated to meeting the regional hospital’s need for additional manpower, basic health care equipment and infrastructual upgrades.
In 2013, the organisation’s first year, the festival raised $6 million, which was used to purchase two ventilator machines, and in 2014 they raised $8.5 million, which went towards the refurbishing of the accident and emergency ward.
About 25 vendors from across the island are expected at this year’s staging, including well-known Gloria’s, Prendy’s on the Beach, Little Ochi Seafood and Spring Garden Café.
The event will also feature an entertainment package with stilt walkers, dancers, face painting, ground rides, and an organised children’s village.
Performances by Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure, Agent Sasco, Lt Stitchie, Marcia Griffiths and Ding Dong also form a part of the entertainment package.