by Michron Robinson and Cheniece Jackman
Complaints about stall spaces being “too expensive” and insufficient bathroom facilities emerged from some vendors as Spring Garden Highway returned to normalcy today following Grand Kadooment yesterday.
For others it was time to reflect on a good day of food and beverage sales as Crop-Over 2013 climaxed.
As tent owners, vendors and stage technicians dismantled the dozens of vending facilities, a Barbados TODAY team on the scene spoke to several of them and a concern voiced by stall owners who spoke was that renting spots to sell from was too expensive.
One vendor who did not give his name said prices continued to increase although the National Cultural Foundation had promised they would be no hike.
The stall owner, who has been in the business for eight years, said he just did it for fun and the love of it but there is no money to be made, noting that he had to pay
$1,400 for his place on Spring Garden and by the time he bought his stock there was no profit.
Our team also spoke with stall owner Linda Grayson and assistant Gregory Goodridge about Kadooment Day sales.
Goodridge, who was in charge of the bar, said that the busy crowds created good business and by the end of the day little food was left, and drinks also sold briskly.
Grayson prepared traditional fare, including barbecued and jerked chicken, various pastas, pig tails, salads, burgers and hotdogs, in addition to 500 tacos which cost $5 each and were all sold.
Goodridge also said the crowds fluctuated throughout the day, describing an enthusiastic “surge of people” who provided “a bit” of a challenge.
NCF Tent Manager Wayne Babb said the pace of stall dismantling was quick in nature and that everything was running smoothly with only minor set backs.
“People are coming and picking down the balance of the stalls and taking away. However, there are one or two stalls that have not started as yet but I would say that at least 98 per cent of the people would be finished by this evening,” he stated.
Babb added that the majority of the smaller stalls were already removed due to their size as opposed to the larger tents and counter spaces of the 10 by 20 foot tents.
Colin Blackman, one of the workmen who was assisting in taking down stalls, said this season was a bit easier, but pointed out that the owner of the stall he built had issues with finding washrooms for the patrons.
“Everyone was just coming behind the stall to do as they like. That part of it was really off and she [the tent owner] was really annoyed by it. I was telling the guys that last year almost everyone had a bathroom behind their stalls, it was easy but they had to go far out to use the toilets and that was not good,” Blackman said, adding that everything ran smoothly otherwise. email@example.com