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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
A part of the large crowd that made the trip to Anegada for the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster on the weekend of November 25-26, 2017. Photo: VINO
Lucky patrons get their share of lobsters at Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar at Loblolly Bay, Anegada on November 26, 2017. Photo: VINO
Lucky patrons get their share of lobsters at Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar at Loblolly Bay, Anegada on November 26, 2017. Photo: VINO
The 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival was no doubt a success, judging from the numbers that attended and the positive feedback. Photo: VINO
The 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival was no doubt a success, judging from the numbers that attended and the positive feedback. Photo: VINO
Some patrons of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival hanging out at Setting Point on November 26, 2017. Photo: VINO
Some patrons of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival hanging out at Setting Point on November 26, 2017. Photo: VINO
Some patrons of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival hanging out at Setting Point on November 26, 2017. Photo: VINO
Some patrons of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival hanging out at Setting Point on November 26, 2017. Photo: VINO
Having fun at the Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar in Loblolly Bay, Anegada. Photo: VINO
Having fun at the Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar in Loblolly Bay, Anegada. Photo: VINO
Even children were part of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
Even children were part of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
Part of the crowd at Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar in Loblolly Bay, Anegada. Photo: VINO
Part of the crowd at Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar in Loblolly Bay, Anegada. Photo: VINO
Grabbing a drink at the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
Grabbing a drink at the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
Chilling out at the Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar in Loblolly Bay, Anegada. Photo: VINO
Chilling out at the Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar in Loblolly Bay, Anegada. Photo: VINO
This tourist was not shy to express he was having tons of fun at the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
This tourist was not shy to express he was having tons of fun at the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
Shereen Flax-Charles aka Queen Shereen keeping the crowd alive. Photo: VINO
Shereen Flax-Charles aka Queen Shereen keeping the crowd alive. Photo: VINO
The beach at Llobolly Bay, Anegada simply can't be ignored. Photo: VINO
The beach at Llobolly Bay, Anegada simply can't be ignored. Photo: VINO
The danceoff to see who could balance their drink on their head the longest while gyrating. Photo: VINO
The danceoff to see who could balance their drink on their head the longest while gyrating. Photo: VINO
Potters by the Sea was one of the participating restaurants of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
Potters by the Sea was one of the participating restaurants of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Photo: VINO
Hanging out at one of the bars on Setting Point, Anegada. Photo: VINO
Hanging out at one of the bars on Setting Point, Anegada. Photo: VINO
At one of the bars on Setting Point, Anegada. Photo: VINO
At one of the bars on Setting Point, Anegada. Photo: VINO
Patrons ordering up delicious lobsters at Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar! Photo: VINO
Patrons ordering up delicious lobsters at Big Bamboo Restaurant and Bar! Photo: VINO
Patrons of Anegada Lobster Festival 2017. Photo: VINO
Patrons of Anegada Lobster Festival 2017. Photo: VINO
These lobsters made a handsome meal at Potters by the Sea on Setting Point, Anegada! Photo: VINO
These lobsters made a handsome meal at Potters by the Sea on Setting Point, Anegada! Photo: VINO
Every good thing must come to an end. Patrons of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival prepare to leave the island after a full day of action. Photo: VINO
Every good thing must come to an end. Patrons of the 5th Annual Anegada Lobster Festival prepare to leave the island after a full day of action. Photo: VINO
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.

Exceeded expectations

“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.

Flying colours reviews

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.

10 Responses to “Anegada Lobster Fest 2017 one of the best ever!- Sharon Flax-Brutus”

  • Mr zzzzz zzzz (27/11/2017, 17:16) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    A success story at least anegada is opened for business
  • one eye (27/11/2017, 17:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lovely photos vino
  • Liat 521 (27/11/2017, 19:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    How the haters say VINO does not do any positive stories? This piece seems very positive to me!

    I was there Saturday and I was so impress with this event. The brain child must be given a reward.
  • suggestion (27/11/2017, 20:11) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    SEA FOOD FEST might be a bigger hit. Maybe Jost Van Dyke can explore that idea instead of just promoting lobsters only.
    • @ suggestions (27/11/2017, 21:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hell no if it ain't broke dont change it!
      • suggestion (28/11/2017, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        who said anything about changing it. The suggestion was for another island and not changing Anegada.
    • wow (28/11/2017, 22:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Suggestion I with the other sister island can have one virgin Gorda just van dyke and we can fine some to put for Tortola start to bring back our island
    • Info (30/11/2017, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The whole month of November is usually geared toward promoting food tourism in the BVI with many events. The Barefoot Gourmet event with visiting chefs, the chef competitions with visiting and local chefs, Lobster Fest in Anegada, the Pork Festival in Jost Van Dyke, Taste of Virgin Gorda and Taste of Tortola to name a few.

      More information can be found on the BVI Tourist Board's website.
  • wow (30/11/2017, 15:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Zevy I see you!!


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