Anegada Lobster Fest 2017 one of the best ever!- Sharon Flax-Brutus
– Some 1500 persons patronised the 2-day culinary event, according to the BVI Tourist Board
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- There just weren’t enough lobsters to meet the demands when some 1500 visitors took to the island of Anegada for the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival this weekend, Saturday November 25 and Sunday November 26, 2017.
The event, dubbed the Cat 5 Edition, after Category 5 hurricane, Irma, ravaged much of the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017, was scaled back with just a few restaurants participating.
However, that did little to dent the interest of lobster lovers as they descended in droves on the sister island over the weekend, filling hotels and renting out all the automobiles and motorcycles on island.
Some restaurants, according to reports, ran out of lobsters, much to the disappointment of many who were hoping to get a bite.
Some shook off that disappointment by ordering up some chicken or fish while being entertained by DJs and in some cases by a live band such as at the Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar in Loblolly Bay, where lead singer Shereen Flax-Charles aka Queen Sheeren put the patrons in party mode.
“The weekend exceeded our expectations and preliminary numbers show this was one of our best events ever,” Director of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) Sharon Flax-Brutus told Virgin Islands News Online.
According to Ms Flax-Brutus, the 5th Annual Lobster Festival attracted some 1500 persons to the island, which was thankfully spared the full brunt of Hurricane Irma.
Approximately 500 persons attended the first day of the culinary event, while the majority chose Sunday to be a part of the 2-day culinary event, which has no doubt sealed its place on the BVITB’s calendar of activities.
“We have to believe in ourselves. It was wonderful to see the stakeholders both private and public come together with one goal- a successful event,” Ms Flax-Brutus added.
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Meanwhile, many persons commented to this news site that they thoroughly enjoyed the event and that they were certainly looking forward to next year.
United Kingdom national Chris Connelly said he learned about the event from word of mouth and found it to be quite a tasty treat.
He also had two thumbs up for the Cow Wreck Bar and Grill, which he said had one of the best atmospheres for the event.
“It was really good, the lobster was tasty, the service was excellent and they had the best bar staff,” Mr Connelly told Virgin Islands News Online, while other persons in his company readily agreed with his statement.
Kathy McGuckin, a resident of Great Camanoe, said she became aware of the Anegada Lobster Festival through Facebook and found the event to be quite “nice”.
“It was a very nice atmosphere, Ms McGuckin said, while lamenting that she didn’t get to taste any lobster as they were a bit too expensive and she would not have been able to eat an entire lobster.
“They needed to have smaller portions for persons not interested in eating a whole lobster,” McGuckin commented.
Virgin Islands News Online were told; however, that samples of lobsters were available on the first day.
A picture of the amount of persons that attended was clear when persons converged on the ferry dock to catch their respective vessels home.
It was also a picture that showed that persons were no longer caught in that Irma whirlwind and were moving on.