On September 19th, a bevy of bananas will abound from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm in the city of Port Hueneme at the end of Port Hueneme Rd. The Port Hueneme Banana Festival, a “green” and solar-powered event, will happen alongside the beach and feature activities and live bands. Admission is absolutely free and yes, that includes parking.
Activities will be plenty and of the educational variety. There will be the Port Pavilion and Port Tours, where attendees will learn about the intricate details of the port via excursions on either land or sea every 45 minutes. For instance, did you know that the port handles over $7 billion in cargo on a yearly basis? Or that it is a top 10 port for importing or exporting fresh produce and automobiles to and from the United States? The latter is a worthwhile point since those who take the tour will get a glimpse of some of the latest car models, many of them energy friendly, being loaded and unloaded from the port.
The waterside tours will take participants on the “Bluefin” boat around the port and naval base. The tours will take place at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm, and it is suggested that reservations in advance be made.
Live musical acts will be aplenty as well and include the Channel Islands High School Marching Band, the Blue Breeze Band (jazz/blues), Herbal Rootz (rock/reggae), and Spencer the Gardener (indy Mexican pop).
Once the tours have been taken, attendees can continue to revel in the experience by taking out their pocket books and shopping at more than 30 vendors that sell either boutique clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, sunglasses, hats, or garden art.
Yet, as much as the event is for adults, it is for kids too. Children will have the opportunity to play inside a huge banana cargo container that offers a glimpse of how big the storage capacity of cargo containers are. Not to mention, there will be bounce houses, a climbing wall, and banana-inspired crafts.
Certainly, though, the day would not be complete without delicious banana-laden foods and desserts in the form of smoothies, splits, and funnel cakes by select food vendors. This is in addition to the fact that each participating restaurant on site will offer a banana treat of sorts on the menu, such as a banana daiquiri, that will be considered for “top banana” prize at the end of the day.
For more information, visit Bananaportfest.com.
Photos courtesy of Bananaportfest.com.
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