The festival begins on Saturday, January 26 with a grand welcoming ceremony from the Tropical Central Stage and the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Attendees will then be invited to participate in a treasure hunt and mock piratry throughout the town of Taboga. The children's play area at the entrance of the Restinga Beach will open early to welcome the littlest ones, while older children and adults can also play beach sports and games at Honda Beach.
Around noon, the Food Festival at the Church Plaza will begin, with a tropical cocktail of Taboga, a chat with the chef and sales of ceviche and other traditional food. Back on the main stage, a DJ will spin music, while at the main town square there will be folk performances.
Starting at one in the afternoon, the Food Festival at the Church Plaza will host a ceviche contest. Audiences will enjoy the salsa and merengue tunes played by Grupo Evolución on the Tropical Central Stage, while they await the grand presentation of the Queen of the 2013 Sea Festival in Taboga, Shariska Vissuette, who will also make her rounds of the 'Island of Flowers.'
The first festival day on Saturday will wind up with a fantastic calypso and soca show by Samuel Archer and The Caribbean Sweet Band on the Tropical Central Stage.
Sunday, January 27 will be another day of sun, sea, sand and much fun at the Sea Festival, starting with a mid-morning reception of event sponsor Emilio Regueira from the Rabanes and an allegorical murga at 10 am, walking together from the dock to the plaza.
Children can take advantage of the game area on Restinga Beach or join the treasure hunt with a pirate around the town of Taboga. The Food Festival begins again at 11 a.m., and at 12 they will announce the winner of the best ceviche in Panama at the Church Plaza. Throughout the afternoon and into the evening the entertainment will continue on the Tropical Central Stage, with folk performances, DJ'd dance music, a concert by Emilio Regueira of Rabanes, and the headliner performer of Samuel Archer with his calypso music.
The 2013 Taboga Island Sea Festival will culminate with a raffle of great prizes and a farewell party for Miss Sea Festival.
About the Initiative: The main goal of the Taboga Sea Festival event is to actively promote the island's events and programs that are geared towards sustainable tourism development on Taboga. The intention is for regional and international visitors to view the island as a treasure to be discovered on the tourist map, to appreciate the value of the island's cultural and culinary traditions and to contribute towards its sustainable development.