Bermuda’s Cup Match Classic – still the only sports event designated as a two-day designated public holiday period, made international news headlines this weekend, by way of Essence Magazine’s website and Bermudian-style influencer Shioni Turini.

Featured in an article entitle ‘Get Lost 72 Hours in Bermuda’, Ms Turini invites would-be American visitors to book now to enjoy a three-day holiday weekend on the island next year for Cup Match 2020.

The article, published in the Home/Travel section carries a sub-headline that says ‘Bermuda Native, Shioni Turini, Curates the Perfect Trip Through Her Beloved Homeland’.

The articles goes on to say: “From the average tourists’ perspective, the best time to travel to Bermuda is between May and October, but as a native, trust me when I tell you, you really don’t want to miss Cup Match weekend, held annually on the weekend nearest to August 1st.

“Cup Match is the celebration of the 1834 Emancipation of Black slaves in Bermuda and during this weekend, Bermuda is in full party mode.

“Bermudians come together for community events that mark and commemorate their pride and freedom, including a friendly cricket game between rival teams, Somerset and St. George’s [more on that later] and Non-Mariners boat day.”

Now based between Bermuda and New York City, the fashion industry veteran, stylist and writer, Ms Turini added: “Once you hit the cricket field, get ready for a serious turn up. St. George’s fans are decked out in blue, while Somerset fans wear red and blue.

“Choose your allegiance wisely—the spirit and team-pride run deep. No matter who you pick, game-goers can at least agree on two things: you must have a Swizzle [or four], Bermuda’s national rum cocktail, and hit the Crown & Anchor tent to get in on the gambling action,” she said.

Among the holiday weekend attractions recommended, she suggested a cultural detour to the historic town of St George’s and the popular Bacchanal Run.

Ms Turini concluded: “By the time your flight home arrives, you’ll leave Bermuda feeling more like family than a visitor, which means it’s never goodbye, its see you soon!”

You can see her full Essence article here.

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