The Festival Marisco Ripiao is held to celebrate the historical relevance of Sanchez, the local cuisine and to celebrate the musical culture of this region, Perico Ripiao, and to being attention to the conservation of marine life of Samana Bay.
El Festival Marisco Ripiao es un festival sobre la relevancia histórica de Sánchez, la gastronomía local y el rescate de la cultura musical de esta región como es el Perico Ripiao, y la conservación de los recuros marinos de ls Bahía de Samaná.
The festival is held in Sánchez, Samaná in the Plazoleta del Muelle. Friday June 17, 18 and 19, 2016. Fridays hours are from 6 to 11PM, Saturday from noon to 11PM and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM.
The focus is to increase knowledge about Sanchez and it’s role in the history, culture and economy of the country. Also to help increase awareness for the conservation of natural resources and adaptation to climate change in the area including the Parque Nacional Manglares del Bajo Yuna / Mangroves National Park and Parque Nacional Los Haitises / Los Haitises National Park.
Talks / mini-workshops on local culture and history and conservation of natural resources
Some of the fun, entertaining and educational events include:
*“Cooking show” with known local and international chefs
*Music Perico Ripiao
*Sale of traditional food, seafood, breads, sweets
*Sale of local crafts
*Activitirs for children
*Exhibitions on the conservation of natural resources and climate change
*Exhibitions on local culture and tourism in the Samana peninsula
Organizers include –
*The Center for Conservation and Eco Samana Bay / El Centro para la Conservación y Ecodesarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná (CEBSE)
* The Fishermen Cooperative of San Lorenzo, Sánchez / Cooperativa de Pescadores de San Lorenzo, Sánchez
* Festival Marisco Ripiao Organizing Committee / Comité Organizador Festival Marisco Ripiao
…in cooperation with the City of Sanchez / en cooperación con el Ayuntamiento de Sánchez
A little history…
“Sánchez was founded in 1886 and soon became a center of commerce for the Dominican Republic, as it was a maritime town with a very active port. It was the home of a train that connected the town directly to La Vega and the interior of the country. It was also home to The Royal Bank of Canada, the first bank in the country. The town is known for its picturesque Victorian houses, many of which still exist today. Sánchez is the primary entry way for excursions to the Los Haitises National Park and the mangrove laden tropical rivers of Barracote, Yuna and Colorado.”