Promoters of the “sophisticated” high-end all-inclusive event Panache made some major changes this year. And, from all accounts it has paid off handsomely for Premier Event Services.
The venue moved from Sweet Manor, Brittons Hill, St Michael to a bigger location at Bellevue Plantation Station Hill, St Michael, which meant parking was not a problem. The event shifted from the Sunday of Kadooment weekend to Emancipation Day. They also added another chef to the event and additional bars. They introduced a dessert station and added live entertainment that featured two top acts in RPB and Edwin Yearwood.
Organiser Faye Wharton told Barbados TODAY how the changes came about.
“Last year we were at the limit of our previous venue. When we identified a new venue, we also wanted to do a few things differently. We needed to be sure our repeat patrons saw what we had done, and that we had sought to make the event even better than it had been.”
The owner of Premier Events said she and other committee members were receiving positive feedback even before the event had ended.
“Our patrons are generally pleased with the change of venue. We have received so many comments. People have taken the time to send emails saying they really had a nice time – praising the food, the service and the ambience. Even before the event ended, the feedback was overwhelming. Some patrons want a Panache-type event at another time during the year.”
Resident DJ Alvin Toppin kept the “big people party” rocking from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, while RPB and the General Edwin pumped up the party. For those who did not want to party, there was the option of sitting in lounge chairs provided.
Wharton said they were extremely heartened by the response to the annual event now in its fourth year.
“We were able to sell out again this year. We increased our numbers slightly, and that was our objective. We have always indicated we would keep our numbers at a point where we feel comfortable and where our guests are able to enjoy themselves. There were no long lines, and it felt like a nice party to meet up with friends, make new friends and just have a good experience.”
For those who want to be a part of Panache 2019, the date to mark is Emancipation Day since there is no going back to the previous date.
“We are looking to stick with the Emancipation Day. It works well for us. There will always be events on whatever day we chose, but this day has been a positive for us. We have people already asking about next year,” she said. (IMC)