How to make your own guavaberry

POSTED: 05/23/12 1:26 PM

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT -If you ever wondered what is the secret behind St. Martin’s national drink then the workshop How to make your own guavaberry will pique your interest and answer some of your many questions.
The workshop takes place on Saturday, June 2 at the University of St. Martin in room 104, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., book fair coordinator Shujah Reiph said.
The Nature Valley Colombier Association will conduct the guavaberry workshop. Colombier is generally considered to be a central part of the most fertile region in St. Martin.
The cultural association will discuss and explain when is the peak time to pick the guavaberry fruits, where to find the best guavaberries on the island and, if you can imagine, when is the best time to make the guavaberry punch or liqueur.
Should you bury your bottle of the freshly-made brew in the ground or is that just a legend, or a shrouded practice of eclectic home brewers?
All the same, the guavaberry workshop should be a treat for everyday folk and connoisseurs of liquors popular and exotic. The young and old with an interest in agriculture should also not miss this workshop, said Reiph.
Whether you never tried guavaberry or you grew up drinking it, prepare your taste buds to be tantalized when the facilitators show you how to make your own liqueur at home.
Guavaberry has been a fixed feature of the island’s culture and history dating back to centuries, especially during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.
The Guavaberry-making workshop is one of over 20 free activities of the 10th annual St. Martin Book Fair that will take place from next Monday until Saturday. The actual event begins on Thursday at the Belair Community Center, at 8 p.m. following the pre- book fair activities on Monday and Tuesday.

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