Nothing signals the lead up to the holiday season in Nassau quite like the annual Wine and Art Festival hosted by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT).

Each year hundreds flock to the BNT's oasis Retreat on Village Road to sample a wide selection of wines and view art from dozens of established and upcoming local artists.

This year the Wine and Art Festival will be held October 27th and 28th, noon to 7 pm, when guests can choose from more than 50 wines provided by 700 Wines and Spirits and browse art by 30-plus local artists.

Each wine will be paired with a delicious culinary delight prepared by Caribbean Chef of the Year Jamal Small, and other local celebrity chefs. This year emphasis will be placed on showing guests which wines pair best with what foods, to get the best of the experience.

After 28 years, organizers are re-imagining this staple on the local festival calendar. The aim is to provide a fun mix of creativity, cuisine and, of course, wine and art.

In addition to the wine and art, enjoy live jazz, a champagne lounge and a new Heineken Beer garden.

Interested guests will also get to explore their own inner artist with ParticiPAINT, an interactive art experience created by the 3rilogy group made up of local artists Jamal Rolle, Stephan Legend and Allan Pacino Wallace. Participants then get the chance to paint on canvases placed around the festival grounds along side the 3rilogy artists.

Proceeds from the Wine and Art Festival provide significant funding for the BNT, a non-profit organization responsible for building and managing the national parks system of The Bahamas. Its mission is to protect and conserve the natural resources of The Bahamas, through stewardship and education for present and future generations.

Check out the Wine and Art Festival on October 27th and 28th and indulge all of the senses. 

  • Photo courtesy Bahamas National Trust
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