Saugerties celebrates Caribbean food, music and culture

Ma Maud, selling hot peppers as well as corn, rice and other foods to be eaten at the festival. (Photos by David Gordon)

The local nonprofit organization Seasoned Gives hosted its third annual Caribbean Carnival at Cantine Veterans Memorial Field in Saugerties on August 13. The event featured the food, music and culture of the island nations and territories surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, games, face painting, arts and crafts vendors. The festival was preceded by a parade, which featured a carnival costume contest

View down the midway at the Caribbean festival.
Erica Santiago, left, and Tia McDowell at McDowell’s booth, where she’s selling bright fabrics. At her store in Kingston, McDowell sells medical supplies and uniforms for medical personnel.
Barbecued chicken cooking over coals is delivered to the adjoining booth as fast as possible to serve the long lines of customers.
Jason Lord sells copper jewelry.
One of the bands performing at the festival.
Some of the colorful fabric products on sale at the festival.