This has boosted the territory’s tourism sector and its profile as a top culinary destination.
Marketing Manager of the Tourist Board, Keith Dawson stated, “We had in excess of an estimated 3500 persons attend Lobster Fest over the two days, including persons arriving by ferry from St. Thomas, Tortola and Virgin Gorda.”
He posited that the “Anegada Lobster Festival was a fitting end to the month’s activities, witnessing record attendance at a well-rounded event featuring great lobster dishes, tours and excursions, and lively musical entertainment.”
In communication to BVI Platinum News, he further indicated that there were also barges that arrived from Tortola and Virgin Gorda, “persons arriving via the airport and yacht charters and other boaters.”
As a result, there were a number of overnight visitors to Anegada for the annual Lobster Fest, and he revealed that “most rooms and rentals were sold out.”
Speaking to the overall performance of the Annual BVI Food Fete, Mr. Dawson stated, “The BVI Food Fete on the overall was a successful event from the staging of Gourmet for a Cause at Government House; Taste of Tortola where we witnessed scores of patrons who braved the weather that day to enjoy the chef demonstrations, along with a variety of food offerings from local restaurants and the international chefs in attendance.”
He added that Jost Pork on Jost-van-Dyke was also a resounding success, drawing patrons to experience the pork dishes and other offerings from the storied beach restaurants on the sister island.
“Taste of Virgin Gorda was a spectacular evening event with record attendance by patrons who sampled the cuisine, savoured the wine tastings and swayed to the rhythms of the jazz entertainment,” the Marketing Manager shared, adding that the month-long activities increased “awareness of tourism and culinary careers and business opportunities and promoted travel to the Territory during the ‘off season’”.