I had the pleasure of visiting the restored Mangazina Di Rei recently for the Cultural Event. The event featured local music, local food and a craft market. Also on hand was a produce and plant market. The center was abuzz with locals and tourists sampling amazing culinary delights made by the local people of Rincon. I sampled some delicious pancakes made on an traditional hot cooking plate. Later, I shopped for plants and produce. Price are astounding, really. I secured some great deals on local handicrafts. Don’t miss home baked bread, hot out of the stone oven. The smell of fresh baked yeasty crusty bread is divine.
The Mangazina di Rei (1824) was originally used by the dutch government to store provisions for the slaves.The second oldest stone building on Bonaire now forms part of the center. Multi generations of Bonaireans are striving to maintain their local culture. An educator shared stories with me about the local ways. I appreciated his knowledge and commitment to preserving Bonaire’s culture.
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