Houston has just been loving the Caribbean lately! Last weekend’s Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT) Festival gave Eat The Caribbean the another opportunity to indulge in and enjoy the wonderful culture of the Caribbean in Houston.
June is National Caribbean American Heritage month in the U.S. and in honor of it, CAHFT celebrates with an annual festival where every one of every culture is welcomed to see, hear and taste all things Caribbean. Greeted with vibrant costumes, worn by enthusiastic dancers moving to the sounds of island music, I was ready to party from the moment I arrived. A steel drum band provided the soundtrack for my trip down memory lane, taking me back to my island, if only for a moment.
Flags of Caribbean flew in the wind, giving the plaza the pop of color that only the Caribbean brings. While buying a ‘Ting’ to cool off in the hot Texas sun, I heard that unmistakable Bahamian ‘accent’ and was immediately inclined to connect, like us West Indians are inclined to do when we cross paths far away from home. Us island people have to stick together!
The CAHFT festival was more than just food, music, and colorful costumes. It gave me the chance to realize that no matter the distance you may be from home, you’re never really too far from those familiar things. Thank you CAHFT for this amazing event and the opportunity to attend. We’ll see you next year!