Nothing screams Bajan quite like our music, cuisine and language; Brek Fus: The Bajan Experience catered to all three.
Held in the picturesque and breezy Farley Hill National Park, St Peter, on August 5, 2018, hundreds came out in their finest attire to party and be submerged in the epitome of Bajan cuisine. From roasted breadfruit, pudding and souse, saltfish, the Sunday meal of macaroni pie and vegetable rice, to steaming hot fish cakes – the ‘brek fus’ was truly a delight.
If the food was not enough, there were sno-cone vendors at the sidelines waiting to quench your thirst from the smouldering heat, with a shot of alcohol for those feters who wanted it ‘sweeter’.
Despite the delicious food that pulled partiers, what was most disappointing were the long lines. Some patrons had to wait over an hour to get a meal which left many frustrated and complaining about the lengthy wait and the poor organization. There were no signs indicating the options being offered and no information about starting or ending times for breakfast and lunch.
Those who were familiar with the dynamics were resigned but disgruntled, expressing that the event – now in its third year – needed to do better. By the time patrons received their food, they were frustrated and no longer in the mood to enjoy the party.
Nevertheless, upon entering the feting area, the mood was lifted as patrons were certainly pleased with the music and vibes of the performances which were solely Barbadian.
Those at the front of the stage were enthusiastic when artistes like Stiffy came on, asking the universal question, “who does tell the most lies, the women or the men?” The bashment soca artiste also performed singles like Mavis, Squat, Tip and Ben Ova and No Boring Girls Allowed.
The Rum King, King Bubba had the ladies jiggling during his delivery of Jiggle Jiggle, Bubbaling and Who Drinking Rum. Another favourite on the stage Sunday morning was Jus D who brought vibes and was clearly loved by the ladies as he belted out Hole, Manager and Only Thing That She Know.
Originally slated to finish at 2 p.m., deejay Peter Coppin gave the crowd an extra hour of music, even playing some dance-hall for the Jamaicans in attendance. The stage comprised a mixture of bashment, power and sweet soca hits, with performances by Nikita, Stabby, and 2018 Sweet Soca monarch Lil Rick.