Did you know that the pineapple in our logo serves as a symbol of friendship and hospitality as well as a tribute to Eleuthera’s vibrant history? In the mid-1700s, farmers discovered that the red soil of Eleuthera was ideal for pineapple farming. The island’s economy was soon thriving due to the rapid growth of farms and high demand for Eleutheran pineapples, which were distinctly sweet and delicious. Pineapple farming remained Eleuthera’s principal industry until the early 1900s. Today, the pineapple continues to be celebrated and its image has come to express a sense of warmth, welcome and generosity for Eleutherans.
At The Cove, we celebrate the island’s rich agricultural history by incorporating Eleutheran pineapple into many of the dishes served at Freedom Restaurant and one of our favorite island activities is Eleuthera’s annual Pineapple Festival, which takes place each year in June. This year, the festival will take place from Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th in Gregory Town. The festival is a celebration of the tradition of pineapple farming and honors farmers for their outstanding contributions to the community. The festival is scheduled around the harvest season, to create awareness of Eleuthera’s important agricultural heritage. Bahamians and visitors from all walks of life come together to enjoy and participate in pineapple-themed activities, such as a pineapple eating contest, pineapple cooking contest, the 40-mile pineapple cycling classic, a triathlon, Little Miss Pineapple Pageant, live entertainment and more. Book your stay at The Cove now and join us as we take part in this lively, Bahamian tradition!