by Davandra Babb
Vendors in Speightstown said today they were grateful for the exposure they were getting as a result of today’s Pan in De City event but they described sales as not so “Pantastic”.
The sweet sounds of the steelpan filled the air in the northern city as residents and visitors alike were treated to both recorded and live music as a part of the National Cultural Foundation’s “Pantastic” weekend.
After a considerably slow start, many patrons were seen walking the street and checking out the many stalls, including those selling arts and craft.
Cindy Hurley, who sells handmade jewellery, said she was enjoying the atmosphere but she reported that sales were slow.
“I usually sell in Swan Street [in The City] but I wanted to see what it was like in this part of the island,” she told Barbados TODAY. “Sales are slow but I expect them to pick up, when the boat comes down,” she said in reference to a cruise filled with pan lovers who were expected to join the festivities in the north later in the evening.
Another stall operator, Dale Maynard also reported slow sales but said he did not expect it to get any better.
“Where my stall is located is awful, I would like to move right now. If it was like last year it would have been better,” he added.
Business owner Ayeisha Headily echoed their sentiments, but said she was grateful for the exposure.
“Flour Petals is my new business and I am glad people are getting to know about it through this event,” the 18-year-old entrepreneur said.
Over in the Speightstown Esplanade, patrons to the Q in the Community event had a grand time as they sang and danced to the music. This event was the most popular today.
Visitor David Clarke said he and his daughter Jasmine were thoroughly enjoying the pan music and were looking forward to Pan Pun De Sand at Brandons, St Michael tomorrow.