Preparations for the 5th annual Titiwi festival is said to be shaping up and the community of Layou is promising a real feast over the coming weekend.
President of that Layou Organizing Committee, Lazare Charles said all is set for the popular festival which will begin with a “Sandy Friday” (September 27) organized by the Layou sports club, on Saturday (September 28) there will be a Carib beer promotion and Sunday (September 29) is the climax of the whole event.
“Things are moving on quite smoothly … everything is in place for the festival and we are expecting a great turnout from Dominicans,” he told Dominica News Online. “The main event is on Sunday. It begins with a thanksgiving service at the Methodist church followed by a brunch and from there the activities begin.”
Activities for that day will include water and land based sports and of course the Titiwi will be available in different culinary forms for consumption.
Charles mentioned that the young people from Layou will benefit from the earnings of the festival.
“Out of the Titiwi Festival we have what we call the Titiwi Educational Fund, and out of this fund some of the money from the Titiwi festival is going back to the community,” he stated.
Charles pointed out that presently three students are receiving scholarships from the program which is also supported by the parliamentary representative.
“We have also supported a number of students this year with books and clothing items so the Titiwi Festival is really an activity based on the development of the community,” he remarked.
Charles lamented the fact that activities such as river rafting, a fishing experience and a boat tour to Rodney’s Rock are not be possible this year but plans are afoot to have them implemented next year.