For the next four weeks, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) a scaled-down version of its BVI Food Fete, now called the Food Fete – Dine Out.
Chairperson of the BVI Tourist Board Kenisha Sprauve said the event was ‘reimagined’ due to the challenges posed by the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
It also forms part of the ongoing Culture and Tourism Month of activities.
“Many of you have enjoyed the Annual BVI Food Fete culinary journey through our Territory, with events such as the Gourmet Soiree, Taste of Virgin Gorda, Taste of Tortola, Jost Pork Festival, Cooper Island Rum Festival and of course the highlight, the Anegada Lobster Festival. When the occurrence of COVID-19 seriously challenged the staging of this year’s BVI Food Fete, our Board of Directors asked our team of professionals at the Tourist Board to consider this an opportunity to showcase our culinary legacy in an unconventional manner,” she remarked at the Coconut Lounge on Sunday’s event launch.
She said as a consequence, the team rose to the occasion and came up with a concept that would work within the parameters of the many protocols in effect for the territory’s food and beverage sector.
“This concept is the BVI Food Fete Dine Out. The event presents an opportunity to stimulate our palates while testing our protocols for restaurants and bars in preparation for the reopening of the Territory to international guests on Tuesday, 1 st December,” she remarked.
She then took the opportunity to invite residents to participate in the various activities.
“In a demonstration of BVILove, we have organized the events to avoid crowding, creating an experience curated for your discerning palates. As an added bonus we will have the members of our award-winning BVI National Culinary Team presenting special delicacies at select venues,” she added.
Meanwhile, Director of Tourism, Clive McCoy, said the event which has been observed since 2014, serves as an avenue for bartenders and chefs to showcase their skills.
“We debated whether we should continue with Food Fete in 2020 with all that is going on, but we decided that we should go for it. We knew we could not execute the events the way we did in the past, so we came up with Food Fete BVI Dine Out,” he explained.
He said the event would run from the November 20 to December 13, 2020.
He informed that on the 20th and 21st of November, the BVI Culinary Team would be at the participating restaurants on Tortola.
On the 27th and the 29th of this month, the team will be on Anegada for the Anegada Lobster Dine Out.
“It will be a different event than what we haven’t seen before, but again it is still somewhere where we can go and experience the culinary prowess over on Anegada especially with the lobster,” he remarked.
McCoy further said, from the 4th to the 6th of December, the action will move to Virgin Gorda, and the last weekend it will be reserved for Jost Van Dyke.
“So each weekend moving forward we will have something on the various islands,” he added.
He then urged all to remember to observe the established protocols for keeping COVID-19 at bay while patronizing the various activities.