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August 2013 Edition

For the love of mangoes

No one can have failed to spot the explosion of fruit on almost every street, hillside and meadow in Antigua in recent weeks. Mango season transforms our island into a profusion of juicy finger-licking, chin-dribbling, jam-making mania.

But how many of you know an Edward from an Irwin? Or a Kent from a Julie? On July 21 and 22, crowds turned out in tribute to the humble fruit – and get a little edible education in the process. The annual Mango Festival gives creative residents a chance to showcase their talents transforming the fruit’s myriad varieties into everything from jams and chutneys, to smoothies, ice cream, wines, fritters and cakes.

With the season making an early appearance this year, organisers brought the long-running popular event forward a month to ensure maximum usage of the sumptuous stuff. Set against the verdant backdrop of magnificent Christian Valley, the eighth annual festival featured an abundance of food stalls, children’s activities, live music and contests between some of the island’s most talented chefs and bartenders.

More than 20 vendors took part this year, with around two dozen different types of the nutritious fruit on display. The second day of festivities saw events heat up as cooks and bar staff whipped up delicious mango-infused concoctions and vied for the top prizes. Chef Gregory Williams, of Sugar Ridge, emerged victorious in the culinary competition, while Angenick Looby, also of Sugar Ridge, took home the coveted pastry award. Hermitage Bay Resort’s Kason Tapper was declared the event’s winning bartender. Governor General Dame Louise Lake Tack and Agriculture Minister Hilson Baptiste were on hand to present the awards.

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Ricardo Drue AntiguaSounds of Antigua

Homegrown star Ricardo Drue is fast becoming one of soca’s biggest phenomenons

However many times we hear hit single ‘Dreaming’ we never get tired of it. The Fort Road-born musician is this month’s featured artist by the Luxury Locations team as we continue to showcase local talent. ‘Dreaming’, featuring Drastic, is taken from Drue’s 2013 album ‘Dreams of my reality’ and is produced by Justin ‘Jus Bus’ Nation. Lean back in that chair, close your eyes and soak up the sound of summer. Or if it’s impossible to keep still, crank up the volume and dance.

The single’s video - shot and directed by Antigua’s Visual Echo – can be seen below...

Villa425FNorthFingerProperty Pick

Villa 425F, North Finger, Jolly Harbour – US$495,000

If gazing out over Antigua’s world-famous turquoise sea, sipping a glass of wine with friends, sounds like your idea of heaven, this fabulous property is for you. The purpose-built decking directly on the water – complete with furniture and gazebo – is the only one of its kind in this delightful gated community on the west coast of the island. In addition to being an ideal spot to soak up the stunning scenery, it’s also perfect for entertaining guests or even for some undisturbed work in a tranquil location. The attractive pineapple-shaped lights make it suitable for day or evening use.

But the unique decking is just one of a handful of reasons to snap up this charming two-bedroom home in Jolly Harbour’s North Finger. The cool, contemporary interior has been tastefully painted in lavender hues, while lights have been fitted with dimmer switches allowing you to set the ambiance for any occasion.The villa is for sale fully furnished, including the 42-inch flat screen TV, and stereo sound system. Other features, such as three luxurious oriental rugs, are negotiable.

The open-plan living and dining area gives way to a fully fitted kitchen with stylish glass-top cooker and overhead spotlights, chosen both for aesthetics and practicality. With two and a half bathrooms and understairs storage room, the property’s cosy interior has been utilised to its fullest advantage. Shaded verandahs both upstairs and downstairs bring the dream of al fresco Caribbean living to reality. French doors lead onto the spacious ground-floor patio area, perfect for barbecues, and with private mooring for a 20ft boat.

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(Pictured from teft) Cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards, with Global’s CEO Brian Stuart-Young and HR manager Juliene Marcelle-James

globalbanklogoBosses at Global Bank group may be more used to focusing their attentions on finance. But this month it was cricket causing a buzz at the long-standing Antiguan institution. The company was delighted to announce it has become a founding sponsor for the Antigua Hawksbills T20 team ahead of the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition.

Global’s CEO Brian Stuart-Young said staff were delighted to have the opportunity to support the Hawksbills, currently being coached by homegrown sporting legend Sir Vivian Richards. “Given Antigua’s strong heritage in producing great cricketers, there’s every expectation that the Hawksbills will reach the finals,” Mr Stuart-Young said, adding, “The Hawksbills have a well-rounded team led by Marlon Samuels, and there is anticipation that Ricky Ponting will perform exceptionally to mark his retirement from professional cricket."

The locally-owned Global group – now in its 30th year of providing international financial services, wealth management and investment guidance - has been a regular corporate sponsor for local sporting events and individual athletes.

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You are cordially invited to attend a special evening at Al Porto featuring fashion designer Calvin Southwell on Saturday August 17th 2013.

In celebration of Antigua Carnival, Calvin brings us his 'beautiful people' in their vibrant carnival butterfly costumes! Enjoy a glass of wine at the door and an authentic Italian 4-course dinner whilst you enjoy this colourful, live fashion show choreographed to music.
Al Porto restaurant Antigua beautiful people

EC120 per person, not including drinks. Reservations encouraged: 562-7848