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Strong comeback expected for Lobster Fest this year

The BVI Tourist Board and Film Commission (BVITB) expects a strong comeback for its ninth staging of the annual Anegada Lobster Festival to be held from November 26 to 28.

The Director of Tourism, Clive McCoy said there will be a wide range of activities and food available as Anegada welcomes visitors for the weekend.

“The Anegada Lobster Festival will kick off BVI Food Fête 2021. There will be 10 participating restaurants, live entertainment, exciting excursions, opportunities to win prizes and of course, tantalising lobster dishes. Our restaurants have gotten quite creative this year and will showcase dishes such as curried lobster, jerk lobster, lobster beignets, lobster fritters, lobster quesadilla, to name a few. One of the restaurants will even feature vanilla lobster ice-cream,” McCoy said.

“We are thrilled to welcome our residents and visitors back to Anegada and the BVI for this event. Our digital Anegada Lobster Festival Experience Guide contains all you need to know about the event including menus of participating restaurants, ferry schedules, an island map, health and safety protocols and fun activities. Persons attending the weekend event are encouraged to download the guide at this link before departing for Anegada.” he added.

In a press statement on Wednesday, the BVITB said the roster of activities for the annual BVI Food Fête is designed as a scavenger hunt that encourages attendees to explore various restaurants and attractions in Anegada and sample a wide range of dishes featuring the island’s renowned spiny lobster. 

The event is produced by the BVITB and is sponsored by Roadtown Wholesale, CCT Global Communications, and Cape Air.

Earlier this month, the chairman of the Anegada Lobster Festival Carnel Clyne had revealed preparations for the event were coming along well and the main reason the event could go ahead was the conversation he had with industry partners. 

He said they made a commitment to be responsible and observe COVID-19 protocols.

Clyne said industry partners, restaurants, rental companies, taxis and scooter rentals were all excited for the event as the island suffered a loss in revenue during the heights of the pandemic and the cancellation of the festival in 2020.

The chairman had said attendance projections are off the charts and basically every hotel room in Anegada was already booked out as well as rental cars and scooters. 

Four different ferry companies are also making the trip to Anegada for the weekend – Road Town Fast Ferry, Romasco, Speedy’s and Anegada Express.

The Tourist Board hopes this will set the stage for a new BVI Food Fete event dubbed Jost Van Dyke Fish & Fungi Frenzy which is set for New Year’s Eve. 

The event will have a similar format to Anegada Lobster Festival which encourages patrons to hop around to Jost Van Dyke’s restaurants and bars, sampling a variety of mouth-watering fish dishes while also exploring the beauty of what many locals describe as the ‘fete island’.

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  1. super spreader says:

    Please wear your masks and stay safe….Good luck and hope we don’t get another outbreak after all is said and done

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  2. SDA says:

    Cant understand how ayo could stand eating that garbage scavenger lobster…..YUK! THIS ONE IN THE PHOTO LOOK SPOIL

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  3. Social distance says:

    Are we going to be packed like sardines on the ferries?

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  4. Rough seas says:

    Be careful this weekend on Anegada due to the forecast high wave warnings. The ferry trips will be rough, the ground seas large and the currents strong. Not a good weekend for swimming/snorkeling in Anegada.

  5. Lies says:

    It was not canceled last year. It was just not very well organized or attended. Same one director and his friend tried to run it and it failed. Tell the truth.

    • Please do tell says:

      Who is he friend? lol. You mean to say [they] intentionally didn’t promote the event and brought chef’s into WELL ESTABLISHED BUSINESS in order for the event to flop?

      Then they lime all day and was nowhere to be found when the boats arrived to greet the visiting passengers!

      All of a sudden, Carnel is Chairman of Anegada Lobster Fest! How are you a Chairman of an imaginary board that not one Anegadian sits on, lol. What deh ras I hearing? Why they not talking about the fact Anegadians told Tourist Board this is their last year being involved with Lobster Fest! Ayo watch a big joke

    • Jim says:

      Agreed.

      Any more than 10 people is going is to be considered a “strong comeback.”

      Nowhere to go but up…

  6. Hmm says:

    Sounds like a super spreader in the making, with an already pending outbreak. Packed ferries, packed venues, no social distancing and no mask wearing, you will soon hear about it. Give it a week, plus. It needed to be cancelled this year as did the August Festival. Next year is always there.

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  7. Hello says:

    I am in total agreement. $$$ rolling in with all the yachts Anegada has in the harbour. At least those persons test for the virus to enter country so there is a chance, coupled with the businesses who actually enforce protocols. That one name something by the sea is a superspreader for sure as nobody wearing masks or following rules. Lobster fest not a good idea for the island. Not in middle of pandemic

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  8. Lol says:

    Over dressed locals who can’t swim…packed ferries..ground seas..sounds fun..Ill pass.

  9. butterbread says:

    Be careful. Be safe.

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