Fishing tournies, festivals top Jamaica's events calendar

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Fishing tournaments, music and cultural events are highlights of the Jamaican calendar.

The following is a look at upcoming events:

  • Montego Bay Yacht Club Marlin Tournament, Montego Bay, Sept. 4 through 6. In its 40th year, this event attracts a large number of local and international participants.
  • Falmouth Fishing tournament, Trelawn, Sept. 14 through 16. This is another popular fishing event with participants from around the world.
  • Discovery Bay Marlin tournament, Discovery Bay, Sept. 22 and 23. With fishing in season, tournaments run back to back.
  • All That Heritage and Jazz Festival, Montego Bay, Oct. 9 through 17. Jazz concerts and a heritage festival featuring local and international artists.
  • St. Andrew Flower Arrangement & Garden Club, Kingston, Nov. 24 through 26. On display at the 31st annual show, themed "Art and Nature," are floral arrangements from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands as well as the U.S. and South America.
  • Caribbean Heritage Fest 2000, St. Catherine, Nov. 26 through 28. The festival showcases the best of Caribbean food, traditional entertainment and folklore.
  • At press time, at least eight islands were slated to participate in this event.

  • Caribbean Music Expo, Ocho Rios, Nov. 29 through Dec. 3. This event highlights the strong musical heritage of the Caribbean with music representing a variety of islands.
  • South Coast Shrimp Festival, Cashoo Ostrich Park on the southwest coast, Dec. 2 and 3. This festival is a cultural extravaganza featuring music, cuisine, and arts and crafts.
  • International food experts will be on hand to exchange ideas on cooking shrimp.

  • Reggae Superjam, Kingston, Dec. 28. This live concert offers Jamaica's best performing artists of the year.
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