Bahama Village Goombay in Key West has become something of a kick off to Fantasy Fest (adults only event). It has been, for years however, a long-standing celebration of the Bahamian culture in the Conch Republic. This high-energy street festival takes place just off Key West's legendary Duval Street. Come out for dancing in the street, delicious cultural foods, live music, or shop for African arts and crafts.
Expect to see some traditional Bahamian food fare such as conch, peas and rice, and desserts such as Johnny cake, coconut candy, and duffs (especially guava). The main stage will be set up on Emma and Petronia Streets and will feature a variety of music from gospel to Reggae. The children will have lots of fun activities geared just for them at this family-friendly affair.
Did You Know?
Key West has a long history of Bahamian culture dating back to the 1800s. There is still a large population of Bahamians still living in the Keys. Goombay is actually the name of an instrument (drum) played by the Junkanoo Orchestra at the start of the festival. The music played by the Junkanoo is called rake & scrape music and includes horns, a wood saw, whistles, cowbells and percussion. The Bahamian Village in Key West is one of the oldest African American settlements in Florida. In past Festivals,the Royal Bahamas Police Band, Key West Island Junkanoos, the local Bahama Village Drill Team and the Mokolambe Stilt Walkers have performed.