The Ninth Organic Coffee Festival will be held in the beautiful mountainous southwest region of Polo, in the province of Barahona, during October 27-28.
The festival promotes the preservation of the local environment and the organic production of coffee in the Dominican Republic. Participants include farmers, artists, community organizations and private companies.
All kinds of cultural events take place around the festival, such as art exhibits, eco-tourism tours, lectures and coffee tastings.
The Dominican Republic’s organic agricultural sector has gained worldwide recognition.
Known locally as the “Festicafé,’ the festival is organized by the Permanent Cultural Committee of this southwest community, coffee co-ops, the Dominican Network of Local Cultures and 30 local and national organizations.
The Dominican Republic exports annually some US$200 million in organic products such as coffee, mango, lemons, coconut, avocado, winter vegetables, cantaloupe, cocoa and bananas. Some of the most important export products are cocoa, representing exports of US$110 million annually, bananas (US$64 million), and organic coffee (approximately US$20 million).