Taste of Bonaire
Influences from around the world have been combined on Bonaire in a truly unique mixture, testifying to how successfully the people have been able to integrate their different ethnic Picture backgrounds. From Africa comes the great festival dance of the Simadan and the Bari, with their polyphonic musicality and a whole range of percussive instruments.
Musicians on Bonaire proved unusually resourceful in their ability to create new instruments from the discarded fragments of broken tools. A small percussive instrument known as the Chapi is made from the metal end of a hack and is struck with a small metal bar. The blade of a plough serves as a base for the Agan. These, along with the cowhorn and the conch, form some of the traditional musical instruments of Bonaire.
Some of the typical foods of Bonaire include Funchi and Repa (pancakes made of Sorghum meal). These are often served with goat stew and Boontji Kunuku (local beans) or Aros moro (a spiced rice and beans mix). All of these dishes are still an essential part of the Bonairean diet, although the availability of sorghummeal and boontji kunuku depends on the rainy season.
Taste of Bonaire
These and more are among the cultural influences that you can taste and experience during the popular "Taste of Bonaire" events, organized by the Tourism Corporation Bonaire. Aside from local and international food, you can meet creative minds that produced souvenirs from true local products, such as goat skin bags, driftwood art, aloe vera products, sea salt and more. These tasty events are accompanied by musical and cultural presentations by local groups and speeches of local VIPs.