Patrons will have more food and beverage options during this year’s emancipation festivities as the number of booths at the Road Town Festival Village will see an increase from to previous years.
“This year we have 28 booths which include the VI Festival & Fairs Committee booth. Last year we had 16 booths, and the year before that I think we had 26 booths,” Chairman of the Road Town festival sub-committee Khalid Frett told BVI News on Tuesday.
“We have an anticipated deadline [for booths to be completed] — July 19, which will be for inspection. But, I can safely say we are looking good for the deadline,” he added.
In the meantime, Frett said meals made with alligator meat will also be served during the festivities.
“From speaking to booth owners, some booths are even planning to bring alligator on the menu. It is a delicacy, and some people know about it, so expect the unexpected as they are catering to different cultures,” he said.
“We are also going to have five booths who were approved to have upstairs balconies. So they will be catering to patrons who want to go upstairs and look over in the village.”
Frett continued: “It is something that we couldn’t offer to all booth owners because we have to analyze them before we make it across the board for all vendors.”
He further said the stage used in the recent concert featuring Jamaican star Buju Banton will also be used for the upcoming festival.
The territory will be celebrating its 65th anniversary of emancipation from July 26 to August 10 under the theme: A colourful cultural vibe as BVI Festival turns 65.
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