Soka in Moka All-Inclusive starts the Carnival on New Year's Day
If you are visiting Trinidad and Tobago for Christmas and want to get a taste of Carnival before you depart these shores, Soka in Moka is where you want to be on New Year's Day.
Celebrating its 19th year in 2018, Soka in Moka is traditionally the first All-Inclusive fete to kick off the Carnival fete calendar and is usually a good gauge of who's going to be hot or not for the rest of the season.
It's that one fete where you are guaranteed to see almost every local and regional soca artiste as many gather hoping for a chance to touch the stage and test their offerings on the crowd.
This year, joining the fete staples Dil-E-Nadan and the All Starz is Brass to the World. Nailah Blackman, Marge Blackman, Aaron "Voice" St Louis, Patrice Roberts, Lyrikal and Farmer Nappy are among the confirmed acts.
Dexter Charles, Public Relations Officer for the Soka in Moka Foundation, said more acts might be added in the next two days.
One of the fete's major attractions is the food fair which usually features favourites such as suckling pig, shrimp cocktails and Chinese food. This year, said Charles, there will be a local food section with wines made from pommecythere and pommerac, chow and other delicacies.
Stating that they are aiming for about 1700 patrons, Charles reminded that the fete is held to assist the Trinity school. Each year, proceeds from the fete are given to the school to address whatever is listed as a priority. In the past, those proceeds have assisted with the implementation of a new security system, the repainting of the school, the purchase of computers and the repair of desks and chairs.
Next year, the proceeds will go towards the instalment of a new roof.
Charles said ticket prices can be considered a donation which comes with the added value of entertainment, premium alcohol and food.
Tickets cost $750 which the Foundation has held steady for the last three years.
Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can visit the school in Moka over the weekend until 6 pm.