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2019 Anegada Lobster Festival had the 'largest crowds’ – Sharon P. Flax-Brutus

Director of the BVI Tourist Board Mrs Sharon P. Flax-Brutus greets visitors to the Anegada Lobster Festival 2019 on November 30, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of Anegada Lobster Festival 2019 gather around a barrel of lobsters. Photo: VINO
Patrons of Anegada Lobster Festival 2019 gather around a barrel of lobsters. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) greets former legislator, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) greets former legislator, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles adds to the hype through lyrics at the Big Bamboo Restaurant at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles adds to the hype through lyrics at the Big Bamboo Restaurant at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, left, spent November 30, 2019 with his family at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, left, spent November 30, 2019 with his family at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Getting down to work on a delicious plate of lobster at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Getting down to work on a delicious plate of lobster at Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons stream in for Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons stream in for Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) gets a selfie in with other persons heading to Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) gets a selfie in with other persons heading to Anegada Lobster Festival 2019. Photo: VINO
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- With shuttle buses transported from Tortola to Anegada, many taking their private and rented vehicles and more party boats journeying to the island for Anegada Lobster Festival 2019, there was no doubt an increased number of persons and activities on the sister island over the two days, November 30 and December 1, 2019.

Director of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) Sharon P. Flax-Brutus and her team were the usual welcome party at the main ferry dock at Setting Point, which was a vantage point to assess the arrivals. Mrs Flax-Brutus related she was particularly happy at the growth in the numbers turning up on the Saturday [November 30] this year.

A number of school students were also included in the welcome party this year, the seventh edition of the Anegada Lobster Festival.

Largest crowds

According to Flax-Brutus, this year’s Anegada Lobster Fest is one of the best in terms of the support by patrons. “Yes we have a little bit of rain, yes we have a little bit of waves but I thing that adds to the general excitement.”

“Yesterday we started (Saturday). It was a great day yesterday, it was the largest crowds we ever had on a Saturday and now today (Sunday) is looking even more interesting,” she said.

This year there were ten participating restaurants, from the closest to the dock, Potters By the Sea, to the furthest point of Big Bamboo. “All the restaurants had a variety of lobster samplers for just seven dollars and that seven dollars included a beverage,” Flax-Brutus said.

One dollar shuttles

Additionally, there were the one dollar shuttles, “running from the area from Potters' right down to Neptune’s and that’s one dollar hop on and hop off and that money goes to charity.”

The Claudia Creque Educational Centre at Anegada is one of the charities to benefit.

She also explained there were taxis going to further locations like Cow Wreck, Flash of Beauty, Anegada Beach Club, “And of course there is lobster but there is also lots of music. We have live band, we have deejays, so it’s a fun time for all.”

More work to be done

There were; however, restaurants and individuals who felt transportation was still an issue and as such there was a poor turnout at some of the far off restaurants, according to Mavis Levan. “All the rentals on the islands was booked out yes, the scooter businesses did excellent but because there was such a big traffic than years past, especially on the Saturday, we definitely have to do more in the future so every participating restaurant can benefit from visitors,” Levan said.

She also said there are more than restaurants to experience on the island. “They need to organise around the history and other things that make our Anegada this big flat beauty. We know next year will be better.”

4 Responses to “2019 Anegada Lobster Festival had the 'largest crowds’ – Sharon P. Flax-Brutus”

  • Hmmmmmmm (03/12/2019, 13:01) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Larger than the Buju show?
  • Shuttles (04/12/2019, 11:27) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tola need one dollar shuttles. How can 1 minute up the road be $2?
  • One minute (07/12/2019, 20:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh my. It cost to take you for a one minute ride. Brakes, fue,l oil maintenance, insurance, licences, police record, photos, medical, a vehicle and the driver. In order to take you to your destination in one minute. Think about it dont think that your two dollars are not value for your money. Rain fall or sun shine we are providing a service just for you to reach your destination
  • Two dollars (07/12/2019, 20:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The list of expenses continues.just for us to serve you. Nhi, social security, taxes name it all business have lots of overheads to be able to operate. If the businesses cant meet these obligations the businesses are operating at a lost. Especially moving vehicles boats etc. So please dont feel like you are being ripped off. A little knowledge and understanding should put your heart at ease. Know that we value you and your 1 minute ride for 2 dollars.usually its 5. Shuttle have the same experiences none different.


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