Cariwest, Edmonton's annual celebration of Caribbean culture, music and food is usually a massive party drawing tens of thousands. As with many events, Cariwest is a hybrid this year, running Aug 6-8 in Churchill Square and virtually on screens everywhere. Here's three ways to enjoy the festivities:
1) The event kicks off with a Friday evening watch party in Churchill Square. Starting at 5:30 p.m. with family-friendly activities, a Caribbean Circus-inspired live show goes at 7 p.m. followed by streaming of a virtual show on the big screen. After the show, there's a screening of the movie Bazodee, featuring Soca legend Michel Montano. See the Cariwest Festival website for more Virtual Lime offerings that you can experience from the comfort of your own living room!
2) Outdoor and indoor events happen Aug 7 and 8 on the west patio at Churchill Square. Then Lime into the night - Take the party indoors after dark, as DJ Kevin and DJ Jel entertain. The $30 ticket price includes a Cariwest-inspired cocktail and appetizers. See website for details.
3) Check out the curated Caribbean-themed "Lime Box", which includes Cariwest branded rally towel and bandana, products from Grace foods (pepper sauce, chips, coconut water), waist beads by Lisa, a choice of rum and a gift certificate for $50 worth of Caribbean food from a local eatery. See the Cariwest website for more.