Move to the music and tingle your taste buds with the food of the islands at Pellissippi State Community College's "Caribbean Fest."
The event will be offered from 4-7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Goins Building College Center.
Pellissippi State's Access and Diversity Office is hosting this celebration and invites the general public to the free festival, one of many events planned as part of the college's Black History Month celebration.
At "Caribbean Fest," guests can sample tasty cuisine such as jerk chicken with rice and beans, as well as a traditional Caribbean desert, Trinidadian black cake.
Live music will be performed by Carib Sounds Steel Band from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Vere Henry, a native of the Caribbean island of Antigua, directs Carib Sounds and says that the music will move audience members into that "island attitude," with hot calypso and soca beats, reggae and other styles.
The Hotep Dancers, a local Knoxville African troupe, will also perform two or three Caribbean style dances along with the band.
Caribbean Fest at Pellissippi State mirrors the Caribbean carnivals that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Henry describes the celebrations as the islands' version of Mardi Gras. The annual events mark a week of revelry and feasting before Lent.
For more information, contact Gayle Wood at 865-539-7160.
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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