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Monday, January 19, 2009

Horse and Hilarians

So, I was just checking out the menu at Hilarian's all-inclusive fete, what is in store for the price tag of $650.00 when the word HORSE jumped out at me... are they serious?

Just to let you know SOME of the fantastic food we'll be offering at the $900 fete....that we ONLY chargin(sic)$650 for...

Souse/Chow Bar (including chicken foot, pig foot, cow skin, fig, pineapple chow...etc.)

Hops Station...Hops and whatever your heart desires....

BBQ Extravaganza (including Wings, Pigtail)

Wild Things - (including Goat manicou styly(sic) and Pork wild hog style and of course Stewed Horse...

We also introduce this year a different type of curry to the fete...mouth watering curry from Bombay Duck as well as a little spanish(sic) flair - Fajitas

Of course there will be ALL the usual foods...Creole meal, Haagen Dazs ice cream for those with a sweet palate and lots more...

Now I won't even go into the drinks....I'll just whisper that Johnny Blue and Moet will be greeting you at the door...along with Baileys, an endless Cocktail Bar and a special sumting from Carib that you must be there to experience. Since there is no champagne lounge we have put champagne in the bars. There will be the usual premium drinks. We ensure food or drink never run out..

Believe me, we won't disappoint. Hope to see you all there!
That has got to be the most unappetizing menu I have seen advertised at an all-inclusive! I don't eat souse or wild meat or pigtail though I am sure some people will be more than happy to indulge in such delicacies! As a matter of fact I am hearing talk that the stewed horse last year was "melt in your mouth good"; no thanks! And just what is hops and "anything your heart desires, suppose I want hops and caviar? These people must be careful how they word their "enticing emails".

I must say, however, that the Johnny Walker Blue and Moet salvaged that menu, I hope they won't only be on offer at the door and curious that they never stated WHAT champagne will be available at all the bars.. sparkling wine is not champagne eh!

It's a good thing this fete is for charity!

Buy 2 Get one Free....

The Trinidad Express is reporting that Mas Bands in San Fernando are employing some gimmicks to boost costume sales:

A unique sale is on at the Jazz and Calypso Lounge, corner Cipero and Robertson Streets, San Fernando: buy two elaborate Carnival costumes and get one free. .........

An almost similar sale is taking place at veteran bandleader Owen Hinds's mas camp at nearby Rushworth Street. Titled Babylon, the band, with 19 sections, has costumes priced at $600 and $700. Curtis Hinds said the offer was buy three and get the fourth free.

There are also major discounts at both mas camps, and sales were reported to be "doing quite well". Dawad Phillip, one of the leaders of Paradiso, described the sale as a "session buster" to keep masqueraders in San Fernando.

"We are answering the call of those who cannot afford to play mas this year," he said, adding that costumes will be sold at a fraction of their cost for the first time anywhere in Trinidad.

This report follows one in the Trinidad Guardian which stated that Mas Bands are being forced to downsize sections, specifically Masquerade and several Kiddies Bands. Even costume re sales are being affected, while some bands can call a 100% mark up on the original price of costumes (though I wonder if they are getting sold) others are forced to offer costumes at a reduced price; I have seen costumes for both Spice and Kaotic selling at a discount.

Only time will tell how some bands will survive Carnival 2009 and the global financial crisis, but I think the true testament to how badly people are affected and how much they are willing to spend towards Carnival will be in the year 2010!

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