MIDDLEFIELD — Despite the rain Sunday, the annual Heart And Soul Caribbean Food Festival still managed to draw a crowd.
The festival, held at Powder Ridge, featured Caribbean cuisine, live music and an array of cultural activities.
Typically held in Danbury, the festival made its first appearance in Middlefield this year.
Terrence Jack, the festival manager, feels it is important to hold musical events so people have something to enjoy, especially since the festival was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
“There are a lot of people who are just dying to listen to live music, and we are happy that we were able to organize that,” said Jack. “Yes, the weather is not cooperating but still, everyone seems to enjoy it.”
With a lot of parking spaces and a large recreational area, Jack said, Powder Ridge has “a lot of potential.”
He is hoping the festival will return to Powder Ridge next year.
Festival producer Derek Signore said food and music have driven the event’s successful nine year run.
“We hope it will continue into 2022 and Middlefield will be a destination for our festival in the future,” said Signore.
Despite the rain, visitors still enjoyed the food, drinks, and live music. Most people brought umbrellas to stay dry while watching the performances.
“It’s a great place to be, I just wish more people attended,” said Clara Smith of Middlefield. “I like bringing my kids to events like this to show them more of our culture.”