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Celebrate at the Tourism FairEach year, the Tourist Offices concoct a varied entertainment program on the occasion of the Tourism Fair.
For the 2013 edition, five specific themes representative of the island have been chosen: the island’s volcano, its sea-side, its cuisine, its botany and its culture. Thus, from February 13th to 17th, visitors will discover a wide range of our local "goodies".
The program starts as soon as you get to the Roland Garros and Pierrefonds airports with a tasting of local products, including sugar cane sticks. A warm welcome to the beat of and Sega and Maloya music, just to unloose your legs. Then, get ready to start the "treasure hunt" in the Jardin de l’Etat in St. Denis. On the theme of "discovery and protection of our natural heritage," both young and old alike will have to look for clues along a path in order to restore a key phrase. This quest leads to prizes but also to an opportunity to get acquainted with various endemic plants that need to be protected. You can also go "Geocatching" in St. Peter on Sunday, Feb. 17th, ie a mixture of treasure hunt and orienteering through the city where you’ll have to go through fifteen cultural, recreational and sports trials. Enough to discover the heritage of this town on the outskirts of the “Sud Sauvage“ (Wild South).
You’ll find another activity, in hotels this time; storytellers who will immerse you in Reunion’s culture with their "zistoir lontan" (yesteryear’s stories) of the tamarind twins, Grandmother Kal or Sitarane.
Do you dream of even more distant horizons? Visit the Departmental Committee of Tourism of Mayotte on Saturday, February 16th for a giant Zumba dance followed by a fashion show featuring the traditional dress of the various communities of Reunion. Music, dance and buffet, everything will be gathered for you to spend an exotic evening.
On the west coast, it will be party time on the beaches with all kinds of water sports, from cruising to diving, also with a giant “carri” (curry) on the black sand beach of Saint Paul.
You can also discover the sea and the forest at Etang Salé with beach sports tournaments on Saturday, Feb. 16th. On the menu: beach soccer, beach volleyball, beach rugby or beach tennis, many activities involving tanning and "sweating".
Finally, gourmets can enjoy a "coffee flavor" workshop at Entre-Deux and a rum workshop will be held in the Saga du Rhum in Saint-Pierre.
In short, get ready for an active weekend!